Summary: S.969 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (07/19/1996)

Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act of 1996 - Requires a health plan or an employee health benefit plan that provides maternity (including childbirth) benefits to provide coverage for a minimum-in-patient length of stay for a mother and her newborn following delivery. Mandates timely post-delivery care when the mother and newborn are discharged prior to those lengths of stay. Prohibits the plans from using certain types of penalties or inducements regarding participants, beneficiaries, policyholders, or providers. Provides for enforcement and for the relationship of this Act to State laws and regulations. Mandates: (1) studies and a report to certain congressional committees regarding specified aspects of maternal and child health care; and (2) a related advisory panel.