05 May: Vitale-Buono Bill To Expand Coverage For Mental, Nervous Disorders And Substance Abuse Approved In Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Barbara Buono which would expand health insurance coverage for treatment of mental and nervous disorders, as well as alcoholism and substance abuse disorders, was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today by a vote of 7-0.

A second bill, sponsored by Senator Vitale, which would require health insurers who already cover behavioral health care services to provide certain information to their insureds about what exact services are covered, what the insured has to do to be eligible, and how reimbursement for services works, was also approved by a vote of 7-0.