With the passage of the federal parity law Americans should have better access to mental health care than at any time in history. Yet, people with mental health conditions who have insurance still struggle to find providers and receive services in their networks.
The New Jersey Parity Coalition, of which NAMI New Jersey is a member, has been working on passing bill A4498, which would strengthen mental health and substance use treatment parity requirements by mandating the Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI), to publish annual information about
– Insurance carriers compliance with the Mental Health Parity law,
– Consumer complaints of insurance denials for behavioral health treatment and
– To report the information to the State Legislature.
The bill has passed in the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, and may be considered by the full Assembly as early as June 8, but only if Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto places it on the voting list.
NAMI New Jersey is urging all advocates to call their State Assembly members (2) (click here to locate state lawmakers) and ask them to request that Speaker Prieto place A4498 on the board list for June 8. Additionally, please contact Speaker Prieto at 201-770-1303 and urge him to put up for a vote this life saving legislation that will enhance enforcement and oversight of current mental health and addiction insurance coverage.
NAMI is nonpartisan. We support policies that help people with mental health conditions and their families.