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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano & Jasey Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

“Ensuring coverage for mental health services will have a meaningful impact on thousands of lives across our state,” said Assembly Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “On average, one in five Americans experience mental health issues. Access to health care is a basic human right and everyone deserves the necessary treatment and coverage as it relates to one’s mental health.”

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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano & Jasey Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Receives Final Legislative Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was approved today by a vote of 73-3.

The bill (A-2031) would require plans to provide coverage for medically necessary behavioral health care services and to meet the requirements of a 2008 federal law, which prevents certain health insurers that provide mental or substance use disorder benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical or surgical benefits, commonly referred to as mental health parity.

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Quijano, Holley, Timberlake & McKnight: We Remain Committed to Adult-Use Cannabis Bill

Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano (D-Union), Jamel Holley (D-Union), Britnee Timberlake (D-Essex) and Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) released the following statement today regarding the future of their legislation (A-4497) that would legalize adult-use cannabis in New Jersey:

“We remain committed to enacting fair and responsible legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in New Jersey…"

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Lopez, Quijano & Armato Bill to Create Voluntary Firefighter Cancer Registry Heads to Governor

Measure Passes Assembly 79-0
To better examine firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens and its effects, legislation sponsored by Yvonne Lopez, Annette Quijano and John Armato to establish a voluntary firefighter cancer registry received final legislative approval on Monday.

“Our brave firefighters take risks everyday while on the job, including exposing themselves to much higher rates of known and suspected carcinogens,” said Lopez (D-Middlesex). “This registry will help us better understand the causes and outcomes of cancer in the fire services and ultimately, identify ways to mitigate and prevent it from occurring.”

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McKeon, Quijano, Vainieri Huttle Bill to Regulate Drone Usage Clears Assembly

Legislation Addresses Notification of Safety Guidelines

The use of drones is becoming more and more commonplace. They are used by the military, law enforcement, retailers and citizens. Aiming to better regulate the unmanned aerial vehicles and educate drone flyers, a bill (A-2881) sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Annette Quijano and Valerie Vainieri Huttle was approved today by the full Assembly 77-2-1.

The legislation would require certain retailers to provide notice to consumers of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety guidelines for flying a model aircraft, which includes a drone and is operated for hobby or recreational purposes.

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Quijano, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey Bill to Expand Statute of Limitations Gets Final Legislative Approval

Child abuse survivors often suffer lifelong affects. In an attempt to hold perpetrators accountable, a bill (A-3648) to extend the current statute of limitations from two years to seven years for adult victims of sexual assault received final legislative approval today. Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano (D-Union), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), and Miley Jasey (D-Essex, Morris) sponsor the measure. The Assemblywomen issued the following joint statement:

“The current statute of limitations cannot be justified given the horror experienced by victims of sexual assault and rape. A two year statute of limitations for civil action is clearly not enough. We must stand up for victims…"

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