Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
29 CFR Chapter XXV
29 CFR Part 2590 is amended as follows:
PART 2590 —RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND RENEWABILITY FOR GROUP HEALTH PLANS
1. The authority citation for Part 2590 is revised to read as follows:
Authority: Secs. 107, 209, 505, 701-703, 711, 712, and 731-734 of ERISA (29 U.S.C.
1027, 1059, 1135, 1171-1173, 1181, 1182, and 1191-1194), as amended by HIPAA (Pub. L.
104-191, 110 Stat. 1936) and NMHPA (Pub. L. 104-204, 110 Stat. 2935), and Secretary of
Labor’s Order No. 1-87, 52 FR 13139, April 21, 1987.
Subpart B — Other Requirements
2. § 2590.711 is revised to read as follows:
§ 2590.711 Standards relating to benefits for mothers and newborns.
(a) Hospital length of stay — (1) General rule. Except as provided in paragraph (a)(5) of
this section, a group health plan, or a health insurance issuer offering group health insurance
coverage, that provides benefits for a hospital length of stay in connection with childbirth for a
mother or her newborn may not restrict benefits for the stay to less than —
48 hours following a vaginal delivery; or
96 hours following a delivery by cesarean section.
When stay begins — (i) Delivery in a hospital. If delivery occurs in a hospital, the
hospital length of stay for the mother or newborn child begins at the time of delivery (or in the
case of multiple births, at the time of the last delivery).