Newborns Act and health care benefits
The Newborns' Act affects the amount of time you and your newborn child are covered for a
hospital stay following childbirth. Group health plans, insurance companies and health maintenance
organizations (HMOs) that are subject to the Newborns' Act may not restrict benefits for a hospital stay
in connection with childbirth to less than 48 hours following a vaginal delivery or 96 hours following a
delivery by cesarean section. However, the attending provider may decide, after consulting with you, to
discharge you or your newborn child earlier. In any case, the attending provider cannot receive
incentives or disincentives to discharge you or your child earlier than 48 hours (or 96 hours).