Bill Text: NY A06381 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires all insurance policies and health maintenance organization contracts to provide coverage for maternity patients and their newborns for hospital stays of at least 48 hours following childbirth by natural delivery and 96 hours following childbirth by caesarean section; provides such coverage for patients who are recipients of medicaid.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 20-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-30 - reported referred to ways and means [A06381 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06381-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      March 7, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. COOK, ORTIZ, BICHOTTE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.
          and referred to the Committee on Health
        AN ACT to amend the social services law,  in  relation  to  establishing
          mandatory  minimum  medicaid  coverage  for  hospital  confinement for
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Section  365-a  of  the social services law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
     3    6-a. (a) Medical assistance  shall  also  include  inpatient  hospital
     4  coverage for mother and for newborn for at least forty-eight hours after
     5  childbirth  for  any delivery other than a caesarean section, and for at
     6  least ninety-six hours after a caesarean section.
     7    (b) Maternity care coverage shall also include, at a  minimum,  parent
     8  education,  assistance and training in breast or bottle feeding, and the
     9  performance of any necessary maternal and newborn clinical assessments.
    10    (c) A mother shall have the option to be discharged earlier  than  the
    11  time  periods  established in paragraph (a) of this subdivision. In such
    12  case, the inpatient hospital coverage must include  at  least  one  home
    13  care  visit,  which shall be in addition to, rather than in lieu of, any
    14  home health care coverage otherwise available.  The  medical  assistance
    15  program  must  cover  the  home care visit which may be requested at any
    16  time within forty-eight hours of the time of delivery (ninety-six  hours
    17  in  the case of a caesarean section) and shall be delivered within twen-
    18  ty-four hours, (i) after discharge, or (ii) of the time of the  mother's
    19  request, whichever is later.
    20    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    21  it shall have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.