I think the I stands for International, not Independent. While I don't doubt that's how insurance companies think, my guess was that they just aren't familiar with IBCLCs. They're allowing RNs because that's a standard qualification they've dealt with before (and is licensed and regulated by states). Plus, lots of LCs who were RNs were able to bill insurance before. They just treated it similarly to when you go to the pediatrician for something routine and all you see is a nurse.
FYI...I filled out the insurance information and picked up my pump on Saturday. I got it from a medical supply company and was surprised that the Medela PISA pumps there don't come with the "stylish" backpack or shoulder bags which saves you $45 off the retail price. They do come in a bag but it kind of looks like a tan soft sided cooler. Another way to save some money if insurance isn't paying and you're on a budget.
Trying to keep up with a busy 3.5 year old Morgan Alexis born 11/5/09 at 6 lbs 5 oz and proud retired 1 year EP'er!
Nursing our new addition Jordan Catherine born 10/21/12 at 7 lbs 14 oz.
Total donated milk so far - 1,368 ounces!
I agree that those bags aren't stylish. And anyone who has ever pumped will agree that it is obvious what is in them.
Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months