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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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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