A proposal guaranteeing new mothers insurance coverage for a minimum hospital stay has won Senate approval. Brian Higgins has more from the Capitol.
Health care providers must provide minimum hospital stays for new mothers in a bill that cleared the Senate. The Senate overwhelmingly passed a substitute bill allowing 48 hour hospital stays for new mothers, even if their insurance has run out. This proposal prevents insurers from forcing a mother to leave a hospital before they are ready. St. Louis County Senator David Klarich says guaranteed stays are foolish.
Senator Klarich also says the bill neglects those women who do not have access to a hospital and must rely on midwives. The Senate substitute now goes back to the House for final approval. Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Brian Higgins.