A 2031 S 1339
Enhances enforcement and oversight of behavioral health parity laws
NJEA supports A-2031 (Coughlin, Vanieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano, Jasey)/S-1339 (Gordon, Kean, Vitale.) These bills enhance the enforcement and oversight of behavioral health parity laws. It will make mental health parity a reality. NJEA firmly believes that coverage for mental health disorders and substance abuse should be treated the same as any other disease or disability.
Although federal law addresses mental health coverage parity, and the state health benefit plans have adopted mental health parity, behavioral health care coverage is not always administered fairly. Medical necessity reviews are often more restrictive than for other services. Individuals suffering from mental illness should not have any barriers placed in front of them before receiving treatment.
True mental health parity will help individuals who are suffering and help society at large. We look toward mental health treatment to help children in schools deal with the tragedies around them, and hope that proper treatment will help prevent further tragedies. However, none of this can happen if there are restrictions on treatment.
NJEA asks that you support A-2031/S-1339
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