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40-2,160.Coverage for minimum inpatient care following birth of child. (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Health plan" means any insurer or corporation which issues individual and group health insurance policies providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis, individual and group service or indemnity-type contracts issued by a profit or nonprofit corporation and all contracts issued by health maintenance organizations organized or authorized to transact business in this state;

(2) "attending physician" means the person licensed to practice medicine and surgery who is responsible for the care provided to the mother or newborn.

(b) Any health plan which provides coverage for maternity services, including benefits for childbirth, shall provide coverage for at least 48 hours of inpatient care following a vaginal delivery and at least 96 hours of inpatient care following delivery by caesarean section for a mother and newly born child in a medical care facility.

(c) Any decision to shorten the length of inpatient stay to less than that provided under subsection (b) shall be made by the attending physician. No health plan may terminate the service of, penalize or otherwise provide financial disincentives in response to any attending physician who orders care consistent with the provisions of this section.

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b), any health plan which provides coverage for postdelivery care provided to a mother and newly born child in the home, shall not be required to provide coverage of inpatient care under subsection (b), unless such inpatient care is determined to be medically necessary by the attending physician.

(e) All health plans shall provide written notice, as currently required, to all enrollees, insureds or subscribers regarding the coverage required by this section.

History: L. 1996, ch. 96, § 1; Apr. 11.

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