Childbirth Bill Awaits Governor's Decision
Davis, Jon, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Jon Davis Daily Herald Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD - When Mary Cay Clare gave birth to her son, Danny, she was able to stay two days in the hospital.
"It was nice," the Elmhurst resident said. "The nurses taught me how to take care of the baby. You had time to pull yourself together again."
One year later, however, when she gave birth to daughter Colleen in 1993, she had to leave after one day because her insurance policy had changed and no longer covered an extra day's stay.
"I just had no time to recuperate before going back to my family," Clare said.
Clare, who is pregnant with her fourth child, may get that extra day again, under a bill sent Thursday to Gov. Jim Edgar's desk.
The House voted 114-2 to approve a bill banning so-called "drive-through" deliveries.
Under the bill, individual and group insurance policies must cover at least 48 hours of inpatient care following a normal delivery, and a minimum of 96 hours following a Cesarean delivery.
The bill - co-sponsored by GOP state Reps. …