What's New from the State MHANJ?
Exciting and Historic News: Parity Law Signed in New Jersey
“This new law will help us to deliver access to mental health and substance use services on par with any other medical service…” Governor Phil Murphy
On April 11, 2019, Governor Murphy signed the Parity Bill into law! It has been a long road and we are proud to say that the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has been a strong member of the Parity Coalition. Barbara Johnston, our Director of Policy and Advocacy, has worked to define and develop parity in healthcare coverage over the past several years. With our partners, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and others, we have been a strong voice for accountability and transparency between insurance coverage for physical and behavioral health treatment. This new law will hold managed care organizations (MCOs) accountable for reporting inequities to the Department of Banking and Insurance. The department will report their findings to the legislature on a yearly basis. We will finally have data that identifies differences in restrictions such as prior authorization, step therapy, and network adequacy. Thank you all for your support and activity on this issue. It’s one more step toward equality for those with behavioral health issues.
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