Houghtaling & Downey Bill Banning Abusive Pharmaceutical Practices Signed Into Law

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A bill sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would prohibit pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) from common abusive practices that harm community pharmacies was signed into law this week. A PBM is a third-party administrator of prescription drug programs for a commercial, self-insured, Medicare Part D, Federal employee, or state employee health plan.

“If you pay a restaurant or cashier for a product or service, no person in their right mind would reasonably allow you to then demand a “fee” from the business in exchange for making that purchase,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune). “Even so, this is exactly the relationship that many PBMs have forced community pharmacies into. It’s a demonstrably ridiculous system, and badly needs to be reformed.”

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Downey Bill Allowing Students to Use Military Academic Experience for College Credit Passes Assembly

Making the path to higher education easier for former military members in New Jersey, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrat Joann Downey would help veterans earn college credit for the skills and information acquired through their service. The legislation unanimously passed both the full Assembly and Senate on Monday.

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Downey Bill Coordinating New Jersey Health Care Services Approved by Assembly

Assembly Democrat Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) sponsored a bill (A-5977) aimed at improving New Jersey’s healthcare through the creation of a Regional Health Hub Program.

Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald authored legislation that created the original Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Demonstration Project in 2011, and this bill represents a continuation of those efforts.

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Downey Legislation Ensuring Qualifications for Behavioral Health Professionals Heads to Governor

With an increasing demand for behavior analysts throughout the country – especially in New Jersey – Assembly Democrats have sponsored legislation to make licensure available and mandatory for these professionals. Upon passage of the bill (A-4608) in both the Assembly and Senate Monday, with a vote of 71-1-0 and 35-2 respectively, Assembly sponsor Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) released the following statement:

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Downey-Sponsored "Combat to College Act" Passed by Senate

MONMOUTH COUNTY - The “Combat to College” Act sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) was approved unanimously by the State Senate this Monday, moving it to the Governor’s desk to be signed.

Under this bill (A-790), military service members and veterans living in New Jersey would be granted priority when registering for courses at New Jersey public colleges and universities.

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Senate Approves Downey Bill Restoring Funds for Women's Healthcare

MONMOUTH COUNTY - This Monday, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey that would provide additional support for women's healthcare clinics who are dealing with a loss of federal funding due to a "gag rule" placed by the Trump administration restricting access to Title X funding for such centers.

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