CA Welf & Inst Code Section 14132.42

Benefits under this chapter shall not be restricted for inpatient hospital care to a time period less than 48 hours following a normal vaginal delivery and less than 96 hours following delivery by caesarean section. However, coverage for inpatient hospital care may be for a time period less than 48 or 96 hours following a delivery if both of the following conditions are met:


The decision to discharge the mother and newborn before the 48- or 96-hour time period is made by the treating physicians in consultation with the mother.


A postdischarge followup visit for the mother and newborn within 48 hours of discharge, when prescribed by the treating physician, is also a covered benefit under this chapter. The visit shall be by a licensed health care provider whose scope of practice includes postpartum care and newborn care. The visit shall include, at a minimum, parent education, assistance and training in breast or bottle feeding, and the performance of any necessary maternal or neonatal physical assessments. The treating physician shall disclose to the mother the availability of a postdischarge visit, including an in-home visit, physician office visit, or plan facility visit. The treating physician, in consultation with the mother, shall determine whether the postdischarge visit shall occur at home, the plan’s facility, or the treating physician’s office after assessment of certain factors. These factors shall include, but not be limited to, the transportation needs of the family and environmental and social risks.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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