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Longer Hospital Stays for Women

May 1, 1996
By: Kimberly Lohman
State Capital Bureau

How long a woman stays in the hospital after giving birth is no longer entirely in the hands of insurance companies. Kimberly Lohman reports from Jefferson City.

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The Missouri legislature has passed a major health care bill to require insurance policies to cover a minimum 48-hour post-delivery hospital stay for mothers. House sponsor Glenda Kelly says the measure combats so-called drive-by childbirths, where women are shoved out of the hospital before they've had time to recover.

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The governor says the bill would increase options for women and ensure their babies get off to a good start. Kelly is reasonably certain he will sign the bill into law.

From the state capitol, I'm Kimberly Lohman.