Arizona Revised Statutes Title 20. Insurance § 20-2321. Maternity benefits; adoption; coverage
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A. A contract that is issued to an enrollee pursuant to this article and that provides coverage for maternity benefits shall also provide that the maternity benefits apply to the costs of the birth of a child who is legally adopted by the enrollee if all of the following are true:
1. The child is adopted within one year of birth.
2. The enrollee is legally obligated to pay the costs of birth.
3. All preexisting conditions and other limitations have been met and all deductibles and copayments have been paid by the enrollee.
4. The enrollee has notified the insurer of the enrollee's acceptability to adopt children pursuant to § 8-105 within sixty days after this approval or within sixty days after a change in insurance policies, plans or companies.
B. The coverage prescribed by subsection A of this section is excess to any other coverage the natural mother may have for maternity benefits except coverage made available to persons pursuant to title 36, chapter 29 but not including coverage made available to persons defined as eligible under § 36-2901, paragraph 6, subdivisions (b), (c), (d) and (e).
C. If other coverage exists the agency, attorney or individual arranging the adoption shall make arrangements for the insurance to pay those costs that may be covered under that policy and shall advise the adopting parent in writing of the existence and extent of the coverage without disclosing any confidential information such as the identity of the natural parent.
D. The enrollee adopting parents shall notify their accountable health plan of the existence and extent of the other coverage.
E. An accountable health plan is not required to pay any costs in excess of the amounts it would have been obligated to pay to its hospitals and providers if the natural mother and child had received the maternity and newborn care directly from or through that accountable health plan.
F. Beginning January 1, 1998, any contract that provides maternity benefits shall not restrict benefits for any hospital length of stay in connection with childbirth for the mother or the newborn child to less than forty-eight hours following a normal vaginal delivery or ninety-six hours following a cesarean section. The contract shall not require the provider to obtain authorization from the accountable health plan for prescribing the minimum length of stay required by this subsection. The contract may provide that an attending provider in consultation with the mother may discharge the mother or the newborn child before the expiration of the minimum length of stay required by this subsection. The accountable health plan shall not:
1. Deny the mother or the newborn child eligibility or continued eligibility to enroll or to renew coverage under the terms of the contract solely for the purpose of avoiding the requirements of this subsection.
2. Provide monetary payments or rebates to mothers to encourage those mothers to accept less than the minimum protections available pursuant to this subsection.
3. Penalize or otherwise reduce or limit the reimbursement of an attending provider because that provider provided care to any insured under the contract in accordance with this subsection.
4. Provide monetary or other incentives to an attending provider to induce that provider to provide care to an insured under the contract in a manner that is inconsistent with this subsection.
5. Except as described in subsection G of this section, restrict benefits for any portion of a period within the minimum length of stay in a manner that is less favorable than the benefits provided for any preceding portion of that stay.
G. Nothing in subsection F of this section:
1. Requires a mother to give birth in a hospital or to stay in the hospital for a fixed period of time following the birth of the child.
2. Prevents an accountable health plan from imposing deductibles, coinsurance or other cost sharing in relation to benefits for hospital lengths of stay in connection with childbirth for a mother or a newborn child under the contract, except that any coinsurance or other cost sharing for any portion of a period within a hospital length of stay required pursuant to subsection F of this section shall not be greater than the coinsurance or cost sharing for any preceding portion of that stay.
3. Prevents an accountable health plan from negotiating the level and type of reimbursement with a provider for care provided in accordance with subsection F of this section.
H. An accountable health plan shall not impose any preexisting condition exclusions or limitations relating to pregnancy as a preexisting condition.
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