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New legislation to protect NICU patients in New York

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A new law with take effect in New York beginning Friday, helping protect patients in NICU’s throughout the state. 

The law helps families of premature infants and other newborns needing specialized care by removing insurance requirements for prior authorization determinations when infants need medical care in neonatal intensive care units. 

The law follows two recent state decisions geared toward the health of infants. 

The state Department of Health recently announced that coverage of pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) in Medicaid fee-for-service will start this month, and coverage under Medicaid Managed Care will begin February 15, 2018.  

The Newborn Health and Safe Sleep Pilot Program was also signed into law in October to help reduce infant mortality rates across New York State by educating parents about safe sleep practices and exploring the use of “baby boxes.” 

In addition to these three Senate initiatives adopted this year, the budget also included $27 million for maternal and child health programs.

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