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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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Downey Statement on World Autism Day and Supporting Disability Community

In recognition of World Autism Day on Tuesday, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) released the following statement:

“On World Autism Awareness Day and throughout National Autism Awareness Month in April, the global community comes together to support and foster understanding for those on the autism spectrum. While autism is common - about one percent of world’s population has autism spectrum disorder, including over 3.5 million Americans – misconceptions still exist. Awareness efforts are crucial to reducing the stigma surrounding autism and helping people on the spectrum become more integrated in their communities."

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Sumter, Murphy & Downey Joint Statement on Bill to Implement Roadside Maintenance Safety Policies Clearing Full Assembly

On legislation (A-4588), clearing the legislature Monday (75-0-1), Assembly Democrats Shavonda E. Sumter, Carol Murphy and Joann Downey sponsored to protect roadside maintenance workers:

"Performing roadside maintenance can be hazardous for workers if the right precautions are not taken. Speeding vehicles and low-light conditions can be a dangerous combination for any employee working to repair a problem on highways or even local roads. We can prevent tragic incidents from happening with the proper protocols in place. This legislation works hand-in-hand with the state's recent implementation of the Move-Over law protecting police officers and emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the road from passing vehicles."

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Houghtaling, Downey & Calabrese Bill to Develop Official "New Jersey-Made" State Logo Heads to Governor

To spotlight products made in the Garden State, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Clinton Calabrese to create an official "NJ-Made" logo to be used by in-state manufacturers received final legislative approval on Monday, passing the full Assembly by a vote tally of 75-0-0.

"A state brand showcases the variety of goods and products made right here in New Jersey," said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). "We can celebrate and raise awareness of New Jersey's manufacturing sector by promoting state production anywhere the product is sold in the world. That's just good business."

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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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Pinkin, Zwicker & Downey Bill to Safeguard Public’s Right to Enjoy the Shoreline Heads to Governor

Strengthening efforts to protect resident interest in New Jersey Shores and guard marine life and endangered species, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Andrew Zwicker and Joann Downey received final legislative approval on Monday, passing the full Assembly by a vote tally of 71-7-2.

“Generation after generation of New Jersey families as well as visitors from out-of-state spends their summers vacationing at the shore,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “Although resident access to our beaches is expressed through the Public Trust Doctrine, formally adopting this principle into law will ensure continued respect of residents’ rights to access New Jersey’s shoreline for recreational purposes and also allow us to further our environmental efforts to protect marine life and endangered species.”

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Full Assembly Approves Bill to Strengthen Equal Pay Protections for New Jersey Workers

Legislation Would Prohibit Discrimination Based On Salary History

Aiming to close the significant wage gap between women and men, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their salary history in the application process was approved Monday by the full Assembly by a vote of 53-24-2.

“In an ideal world, your gender would not influence how much you earn at work. But that’s not the world we live in,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “This bill provides a means of narrowing the wage gap by making it less likely for employers to unintentionally perpetuate the gap by basing salary offers for new hires on their previous salary, which has a disproportionate impact on female hires.”

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Downey Introduces Bill Package to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities in NJ

With the objective of expanding employment opportunities for New Jersey residents with disabilities, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) recently introduced a package of four bills to increase resources and services for people with disabilities to find quality jobs and potentially become more involved in their communities.

“People with disabilities face a wide range of challenges in the workforce,” said Downey. “They may need specialized training, counseling and other support in order to find and retain a job they love. These bills aim to make the process easier for people with disabilities and their prospective employers.”

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