Assembly Committee Advances Resolution Urging Congress to Expand Resources for Mental Health & Addiction Treatment

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey released the following statement in response to the Assembly Human Services Committee approving their resolution calling on Congress to pass the federal “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act,” which would expand the number of states able to participate in a Medicaid demonstration program that aims to improve access to community mental health and addiction treatment services.

“In recent years, we’ve pushed hard to lift the stigma on mental illness and addiction, but we need to match that with funding and resources that will help people get treatment,” said Downey (D-Freehold), chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee.

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Houghtaling & Downey Introduce Bill Cracking Down on Soaring Prescription Drug Costs

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey joined Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling this month to introduce new legislation aiming to crack down on soaring costs of prescription drugs by stopping abusive practices by out-of-state Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs).

“Skyrocketing medication costs have put treatment out of reach for far too many people,” said Downey (D-Freehold), Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, which reviewed the bill last Monday. “A big part of that can be traced back to bad-faith efforts by PBMs to pad their own pockets by driving up costs.”

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Banning Abusive PBM Policies Passes Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A bill sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would prohibit pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) from common abusive practices that harm community pharmacies was passed unanimously by the State Assembly on Thursday, May 23. 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).

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Veteran Access to Peddler’s Licenses Passed by Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A bill (A-4095) introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would expand access to peddler’s licenses for New Jersey veterans was passed by the State Assembly on Thursday.

“We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to our active duty servicemembers, but no matter how you slice it, a vet is a vet,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

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Downey Bill Removing Red Tape for Practicing Nurses Approved by Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey applauded the State Assembly’s passage Thursday of her sponsored legislation (A-1597) which aims to simplify and reduce regulations on licensed nurses by entering New Jersey into the interstate Nurse Licensure Compact.

Currently, nurses are required to obtain a separate license for each state that they choose to practice in.

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Downey Bill Expanding Access to Child Abuse Prevention Resources Passes Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey that aims to spread awareness of resources to stop or prevent child abuse was approved Thursday by the State Assembly.

“It does no good to have resources prepared to prevent child abuse if nobody knows where to find them, or that they even exist,” Downey (D-Freehold) said.

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