58-18-76 Minimum inpatient care coverage following delivery.
Minimum inpatient care coverage following delivery.
If a group health insurance
policy that is issued or renewed on or after July 1, 1996, provides maternity coverage, the policy
shall provide coverage for a minimum of forty-eight hours of inpatient care following a vaginal
delivery and a minimum of ninety-six hours of inpatient care following delivery by cesarean section
for a mother and her newborn child in a health care facility licensed pursuant to chapter 34-12,
except as otherwise provided in § 58-18-77. Any policy issued to employers with less than fifteen
employees that provides coverage for complications of pregnancy, and does not provide other
maternity benefits, is not required to comply with this section.
Source: SL 1996, ch 292, § 4; SL 1998, ch 290, § 2.