Current Status Bill Number:
1043Ratification Number: 365Act Number: 335Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19960123Primary Sponsor: ShortAll Sponsors: Short, Rose, Peeler, Richter, Greg Smith, Thomas, Mescher, Moore, J. Verne Smith, Courtney, Elliott, Holland, Reese, Leventis, McGill, Cork, Passailaigue, Rankin, Matthews, Waldrop, Washington, Lander, Jackson, O'Dell and GregoryDrafted Document Number: res9869.lhsDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960508Date of Last Amendment: 19960501Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19960520Subject: Insurance for mother and child
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960530 Act No. A335 ------ 19960520 Signed by Governor ------ 19960514 Ratified R365 Senate 19960508 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification House 19960502 Read third time, returned to Senate with amendment House 19960501 Amended, read second time House 19960424 Committee report: Favorable with 26 HLCI amendment House 19960312 Introduced, read first time, 26 HLCI referred to Committee Senate 19960307 Read third time, sent to House Senate 19960306 Amended, read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments Senate 19960305 Committee report: Favorable with 02 SBI amendment Senate 19960123 Introduced, read first time, 02 SBI referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A335, R365, S1043)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-71-135 SO AS TO REQUIRE ALL INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE AND HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION POLICIES TO PROVIDE PAYMENT FOR HOSPITALIZATION OF A MOTHER AND HER CHILD, IF AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN IT IS MEDICALLY NECESSARY, FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED THE SECOND POSTPARTUM DAY, NOT INCLUDING THE DAY OF DELIVERY, AFTER A VAGINAL DELIVERY, OR THE THIRD POST-OPERATIVE DAY, NOT INCLUDING THE DAY OF SURGERY, AFTER A CAESARIAN SECTION, AND TO PROVIDE FOR EXCEPTIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Insurance coverage and HMO's to provide minimum postpartum length of stay
SECTION 1. Title 38, Chapter 71 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 38-71-135. All individual and group health insurance and health maintenance organization policies providing coverage for the hospitalization and attendant professional services of a mother and her newborn child or children must, if at the discretion of the attending physician it is medically necessary, provide for the mother and her newborn child or children to remain in the hospital for a period not to exceed the second postpartum day after a vaginal delivery, not including the day of delivery, and the third post-operative day following a Caesarian Section, not including the day of surgery. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the attending physician from requesting additional time for hospitalization or releasing the mother or her newborn child or children prior to the expiration time provided herein."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect October 1, 1996.
Approved the 20th day of May, 1996.