New Jersey Advances Bill to Mandate Insurance Companies to Provide Treatment for Substance Abuse
Date:  01-31-2017

If passed, New Jersey could see a drop in crime, incarceration and recidivism rates

Senate and Assembly panels on Monday advanced a bill that would implement the broad strokes of two proposals Gov. Chris Christie made earlier this month during a State of the State address that focused on “the crisis of drug addiction.”

The bipartisan legislation would mandate insurance coverage for the first 28 days of inpatient or intensive outpatient drug rehabilitation treatment for any patient whose doctor deems it medically necessary. It would also mandate up to six months of coverage for regular outpatient treatment. The new requirements, if the measure becomes law, would apply to the roughly 30 percent of New Jersey residents with insurance plans subject to state regulation. Continue reading >>