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As of September 1, 2017
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17.4 Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act

The Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act includes important protections for mothers and their children with regard to the length of the hospital stay following childbirth.

Health plans are required to provide coverage for a minimum of a 48-hour stay for the mother and newborn following a vaginal delivery and for at least a 96-hour maternity stay following a delivery by cesarean section. Under this law, a mother and newborn can leave prior to the end of the required minimum stay, provided there is a mutual agreement between the mother and doctor. The Anthem Blue Cross PPO Plan and each of the HMO medical plans under this Plan administer maternity benefits in accordance with the requirements of this Act.

If you have any questions, contact Anthem Blue Cross PPO, your HMO plan directly or MedExpert for assistance.