Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin & Mukherji Bill to Ensure Newborns are Covered Under Parents’ Insurance During First Few Critical Months of Life Clears Legislature
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Nancy Pinkin and Raj Mukherji to ensure newborns are covered under their parents insurance during the first few critical months of life was granted final legislative approval unanimously by the Assembly Monday.
The bill (A-2665) extends the time period in which newborn children are covered under their parent’s health benefits coverage from the current 60 days.
“With all that’s going on when a child is first born, the 30-day deadline can be problematic for some parents to meet and may cause unnecessary stress,” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “This bill will provide a longer period of time for children to be covered under their parents’ health coverage in order to ensure that children have access to adequate health care during the critical first few months of life.”
“Current law provides for only a month of health insurance coverage for newborns,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “The first three months are the most crucial in the life of a newborn. Families should not have to worry about health coverage if a problem arises before more permanent insurance is acquired.”Read more
Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill to Protect Transgender Persons from Discrimination in Health-Care Coverage Now Law
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey and Gordon Johnson to prohibit health insurers from denying transgender individuals health care coverage based on gender identity has been signed into law.
“Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “Antiquated policies and attitudes towards transgender individuals have led to discrimination, violence, depression and suicide. While tremendous strides have been made in recent years to advance equality for members of the ‘LGB’ community, much more still needs to be done to help protect our brothers and sisters in the ‘T’ community.”
“Although we’ve seen greater awareness in recent years of the challenges faced by transgender individuals, they still often face fierce cultural and institutional discrimination,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). “It’s incumbent upon us as government officials to stand up for all of our constituents who are being ignored or discriminated against by ensuring that we enshrine equality in our laws.”
The law (A-4568) prohibits health insurers and health maintenance organizations, as well as health benefits plans or contracts which are issued or purchased pursuant to the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program, New Jersey Small Employer Health Benefits Program, State Health Benefits Program, and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program from discriminating in the provision of coverage on the basis of gender identity or expression. The prohibited discrimination relates to currently covered persons and prospective covered persons.Read more
DeAngelo & Vainieri Huttle Bill Requiring Inspection Reports for Residential Health Care Facilities, Boarding Homes & Emergency Shelters be Posted Online Now Law
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle requiring the Department of Community Affairs to post inspection reports for residential health care facilities, boarding homes, and emergency shelters for the homeless on its website has been signed into law.
"Making the inspection process more transparent by publicizing the reports online is a step in the right direction," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "There is no reason why these inspection reports should not be easily accessible to the general public unless there is something amiss. This helps ensure trust that the facility is operating as it should, especially for people served by these facilities."
"Too often we find out about problems with these types of facilities after the damage has already been done," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Making these reports easily available online provides the public with an unbiased view of how these facilities are conducting business, and helps ensure that individuals who rely on these facilities are receiving the adequate service and assistance."