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Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act

September 23, 2013

Federal law (Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act of 1996) prohibits the plan from limiting a mother’s or a newborn’s length of hospital stay to less than 48 hours for a normal delivery or 96 hours for a cesarean delivery or from requiring the provider to obtain preauthorization for a stay of 48 hours or 96 hours, as appropriate. However, federal law generally does not prohibit the attending provider, after consultation with the mother, from discharging the mother or her newborn earlier than 48 hours for normal delivery or 96 hours for cesarean delivery.

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