New Jersey Insurers Required to Continue Covering Telehealth

We have received many questions from constituents concerned that their insurance coverage for telehealth or telemedicine will be ending on or about June 30th, or on another date later this summer. After receiving information from the New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP), which represents Aetna, AmeriGroup, AmeriHealth, Cigna, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Oscar, UnitedHealthcare, and WellCare, we can share the following information:

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Houghtaling & Downey Announce Emergency Rental Assistance Program

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey today announced that pre-applications for the New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP), which will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have lost income or become unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will open for applicants at waitlistcheck.com/NJ559-2809 from 9:00 AM on Monday, July 6 to 5:00 PM on Friday, July 10.

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Houghtaling Introduces Bill Requiring Warning Signs for Pesticides

OCEAN TOWNSHIP—Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling introduced new legislation this week that would require New Jersey retail stores selling pesticides to post a sign informing customers of the risks to pollinators associated with the use of pesticides.

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Houghtaling & Downey Call for Governor to Allow Curbside Pickup at Libraries

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are calling for Governor Murphy to permit curbside pickup at New Jersey public libraries in order to promote public education and expand access to resources and educational materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Downey Introduces Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage of Telehealth

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Joann Downey on Thursday would require all New Jersey health benefits plans, Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare, and the State Health Benefits Programs (SHBP) and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) to provide expanded coverage for services provided using telemedicine and telehealth.

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Downey Sponsors Bill Providing Work-Related Benefits to Essential Employees with COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in New Jersey, nearly 150,000 residents have been infected with the virus – some of whom provide essential services related to public health and safety. In an effort to assist these essential workers, Assemblywoman Joann Downey has sponsored a new bill that would mandate certain work-related benefits for those who contract COVID-19.

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