(151) Under the NMHPA, insurers are still permitted to
Neither the PDA nor NMHPA require that an insurer, employer, or
The NMHPA also allows for provider discretion regarding the length of stay required after childbirth, meaning that, if an attending-level provider deems discharge feasible in less than 48 or 96 hours, the insurer is not mandated to continue coverage beyond discharge.
Confounding the actions of health insurance companies are state laws governing the care of newborns and mothers, as these laws superceded the NMHPA. So, although most states have mandated benefit laws regarding a variety of services, as of 2002, only 18 states had laws mandating specific maternity services.
For these and other reasons, NPCA supported Chaco Culture's inclusion on the Ten Most Endangered Places list released by NMHPA, stating that pollution from the power plant "would further destroy the site's fragile cultural resources, petroglyphs, and prehistoric architecture, as well as endanger natural plant and animal life cycles."
According to NMHPA, "the power plant's plume of pollution could blot the horizon, screen the sunrise from view, and diminish the clear night sky--severing the ancient connection between Chaco and the universe."
Does the DOL offer guidance in understanding COBRA, HIPAA, and NMHPA?
The Department of Labor has made available at its internet web site (http://www.dol.gov/dol/ebsa) three brochures designed to familiarize participants in employer sponsored health plans with the provisions of COBRA (see Q 188 to Q 203), HIPAA (see Q 138 to Q 180) and NMHPA, as well as how these protections and rights apply to life changes and health benefits.