§ 38.2-3407.16

Requirements for obstetrical care

A. Each (i) insurer proposing to issue individual or group accident and sickness insurance policies providing hospital, medical and surgical or major medical coverage on an expense-incurred basis, (ii) corporation providing individual or group accident and sickness subscription contracts, and (iii) health maintenance organization providing a health care plan for health care services, whose policies, contracts, or plans, including any certificate or evidence of coverage issued in connection with such policies, contracts or plans, include coverage for obstetrical services as an inpatient in a general hospital or obstetrical services by a physician shall provide such benefits with durational limits, deductibles, coinsurance factors, and copayments that are no less favorable than for physical illness generally.

B. The requirements of this section shall apply to all insurance policies, contracts, and plans delivered, issued for delivery, reissued, renewed, or extended or at any time when any term of any such policy, contract, or plan is changed or any premium adjustment is made, on and after the effective date of this section. The provisions of this section shall not apply to short-term travel, accident only, or limited or specified disease policies or contracts, nor to policies or contracts designed for issuance to persons eligible for coverage under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, known as Medicare, or any other similar coverage under state or federal governmental plans.


1999, c. 923; 2014, c. 814.


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