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U.S. DOL Sues UnitedHealth Group over Improper Claims Denials

Published: Aug 3, 2023
August 3, 2023 On Monday, July 31, 2023, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) initiated a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group, alleging that the healthcare provider improperly denied thousands of patients' payments for emergency room services and urinary drug screenings. The...

Gov. Murphy Announces Dr. Kaitlan Baston as New Department of Health Commissioner

Published: Jul 27, 2023
July 27, 2023 On July 25, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy announced his intention to nominate Kaitlan Baston, MD, MSc, DFASAM, as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH). Dr. Baston will assume the role in August of this year, following the recently announced upcomin...

DHS Launches Behavioral Health Carve-in Process

Published: Jul 25, 2023
July 25, 2023 On July 24th, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) and Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) hosted a kick-off of the behavioral health carve-in implementation, which will take place over th...

Health Commissioner Persichilli Set to Retire Next Month

Published: Jul 24, 2023
July 24, 2023 Judith Persichilli, who has served as the New Jersey State Health Commissioner since August 5, 2019, will retire next month, as reported by NJ Advance Media, published in the July 21st edition of The Star Ledger. Her tenure included supervising New Jersey's response to...

NJAMHAA and Partners Testify on Investment of Opioid Recovery and Remediation Funds

Published: Jul 21, 2023
Yesterday, NJAMHAA staff and several partners testified before the Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund Advisory Council, reinforcing the need for education and increased access to the full continuum of prevention, harm reduction and treatment services, as well as a statewide health infor...

Leadership Academy for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals Expands this Critical Workforce

Published: Jul 21, 2023
Nationwide, there is an estimated shortage of nearly 4.5 million behavioral health providers to meet the level of need, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Behavioral Health Workforce Report, 2020. This dearth in the behavioral health wo...

Health Commissioner Persichilli Set to Retire Next Month

Published: Jul 21, 2023
Judith Persichilli, who has served as the New Jersey State Health Commissioner since August 5, 2019, will retire next month, as reported by NJ Advance Media, published in today's edition of The Star Ledger. Her tenure included supervising New Jersey's response to the COVID-19 pandemic...

New State Law Establishes Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Authority and Center

Published: Jul 20, 2023
July 20, 2023 On Monday, July 17, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy signed S3864 into law, establishing the New Jersey Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Authority, as well as appropriating money to open a state Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center in Trenton. The Authority w...

New NJ Law Requires Medicaid Reimbursement for Education-Agency Provided Behavioral Health Services

Published: Jul 18, 2023
July 18, 2023 On Thursday, July 13, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy signed A3334 into law, which requires Medicaid reimbursement for covered behavioral health services provided by local education agencies to students who are eligible Medicaid beneficiaries. Governor Murphy was quoted ...

HHS Renews Determination of Nationwide Opioid Public Health Emergency

Published: Jul 13, 2023
July 13, 2023 On July 7, 2023, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra renewed the determination that an opioid public health emergency (PHE) exists nationwide. The opioid PHE was first declared on October 26, 2017 by former HHS ...

NJAMHAA Shares Summary of Legislature's FY2024 Budget Bill, to Be Voted on Today

Published: Jul 3, 2023
Summary of FY2024 Budget Bill Click here to read NJAMHAA's summary of the Legislature's FY2024 budget bill. As noted in the document, the bill will be voted on today and sent to the Governor to sign by midnight. NJAMHAA will provide an update after the Governor signs the bi...

NJ Budget Committees Continue Work Ahead of Budget Vote, Approving Expanded Tax Relief

Published: Jun 29, 2023
June 29, 2023 A new annual budget is constitutionally due in New Jersey by July 1st. In the case that a budget bill is not passed before then, the state government is required to shut down until a spending plan in enacted. The New ...
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