Call NJ Reps for Behavioral Healthcare Parity

Parity Bill

TAKE ACTION NOW: Urge your Assemblypeople & Speaker of the Assembly Prieto to Vote ‘YES’ on Assembly Bill A4498.

DEADLINE: Today, May 31

GOAL: Encourage your Assemblypeople & the Speaker of the Assembly Asm. Vincent Prieto to vote ‘YES’ on A4498 – this Bill expands health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services (including alcoholism & addiction) and enhances enforcement and oversight of mental health parity laws. It is intended to strengthen existing laws to be sure that insurance plans cover behavioral health equally (at parity) to physical health.

ACTION: Call Your Assembly-people
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SCRIPT: “My name is_____ and I live in____, NJ. I am calling to urge you to support Assembly Bill 4498 because it is important that people have access to life saving addiction and mental health care in New Jersey” and then explain why that is important to you. For example, “individuals – like myself / my son or daughter / my neighbors/ my friends/ fellow NJ residents – deserve to be covered for mental health/ addiction treatment in the exact same way as individuals suffering from physical illness such as diabetes or cancer are covered.”

REASONS:
*As our Healthcare is at risk nationally, we need to do everything we can to protect our coverage here in NJ. This law enhances existing laws to make sure that insurance plans cover behavioral health (including alcoholism & drug addiction) equally (at parity) to physical health.
*We must continue to fight for Parity Laws for behavioral health care coverage.

NOTES:
*The bill is sponsored by
Assemblyman CRAIG J. COUGHLIN- District 19 (Middlesex)
Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE- District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblywoman PAMELA R. LAMPITT- District 6 (Burlington and Camden)
Assemblyman TROY SINGLETON- District 7 (Burlington)
Assemblyman JOE DANIELSEN- District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)
Assemblywoman JOANN DOWNEY- District 11 (Monmouth)

*Co-Sponsors are Assemblymen Johnson and Benson

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