Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Improve Medicaid Eligibility Process Passed by Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A bill (AJR-158) introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that aims to help individuals qualify for Medicaid without racking up significant medical bills was approved on Thursday by the State Assembly.

“Right now, the Medicaid application process is a mountain of bureaucracy that can tax the resources of even the most well-prepared households,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

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Downey Lauds Passage of Bill Working to Reduce Rates of Veteran Suicide

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey today lauded the passage by the State Assembly of her introduced legislation (A-3612) that would work to reduce rates of veteran suicide in New Jersey.

“A kind and empathetic word, a show of support, and a selfless provision of aid can mean a lot to someone facing anxiety, trauma, or depression,” Downey (D-Freehold) said.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Protecting Health Insurance of Locked-Out Workers Passed by Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation (A-1056) introduced by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey that would protect workers’ health insurance benefits if they are stopped from working by their employer was approved by the State Assembly this Thursday.

“Health insurance is one of the most critical things an individual can possess,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Raising Awareness of Youth Suicide Prevention Clears Committee

TRENTON - A joint resolution sponsored by Assemblymembers Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Joann Downey (D-Freehold) that would permanently designate September as "Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness Month" in New Jersey was released from the Assembly Women and Children Committee this past week. The bill aims to increase public awareness of the risk factors and warning signs for youth suicide, increase community involvement in creating strategies to prevent teens and young adults from taking their own lives, and to encourage the development of Statewide comprehensive anti-suicide initiatives.

“It is our hope that this resolution will encourage nonprofits, school districts, and boards across New Jersey to develop and improve anti-suicide initiatives,” Downey said.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Access to Medical Cannabis Passed by Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation expanding patient access to medical cannabis in New Jersey sponsored by Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling was approved by the State Assembly on Thursday.

“This legislation will fight for patients like Jake Honig: sick kids and adults who deserve to live their lives free of constant and chronic pain,” said Downey (D-Freehold).

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Downey Bill Protecting Developmentally Disabled from Sexual Assault Clears Committee

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey released the following statement regarding the advancement by the Assembly Human Services Committee of her bill A-4482, which would establish a “Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Persons with Developmental Disabilities” within the Department of Human Services, was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

“The assault of a person with developmental disabilities is a monstrous act,” said Downey. 

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