In accordance with the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, the VA has been given the authority to pay care of newborn children of Veterans when the Veteran is receiving maternity care furnished by the VA.
"This policy will affect how the VA processes maternity fee billing," said RN Brenda Sprouse, Women Veteran Health Program Manager. The benefit is limited to post- delivery and routine care provided immediately after birth and not more than 7 days following the birth.
"Frequently, there is not a separate bill for newborn care because it is included in the bill for the mother," said Sprouse. This often leads to challenges in getting bills honored by the VA. For example, when the inpatient bill for labor and delivery care includes charges for post-delivery care to the infant, fee offices may now process the bill because routine post-delivery care is covered under the VA authorization.
"The law now gives the VA authority to reimburse providers for authorized routine medical care provided to a newborn child of an enrolled woman Veteran," said Sprouse, " including medical care, baby services, inpatient care and circumcision."
For more information on the benefits the VA is providing women Veterans contact Brenda Sprouse, at 800-362-8262 extension 2756 or visit http://www.butler.va.gov/services/womenvets.asp.