SECTION 1. Section 47F of chapter 175 of the General Laws, as appearing in 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended in line 10 after "surgical expense insurance," by inserting the following words:- or disability income insurance.
SECTION 2. Section 47F of chapter 175 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is further amended, at the end of the first paragraph, by inserting the following:-
Any policy of accidental or sickness insurance that provides coverage for disability income shall clearly indicate that pregnancy is an eligible disability, and shall clearly state the benefit periods associated with childbirth. Benefits related to a vaginal or caesarean birth shall begin immediately upon such birth and for vaginal births shall continue for a minimum of six weeks and for caesarean births for a minimum of eight weeks, with no elimination period. All disclosures of pregnancy-related benefits must be made in compliance with regulations promulgated by the department of public health, including 211 CMR 42.00 et seq. Said regulations shall include requirements that pregnancy-related eligibility and benefits information be provided in all policies and plans and promotional materials for such policies and plans.
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