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New Jersey Comes Closer to Approving Mental-Health Parity Law

Lilo H. Stainton | January 18, 2019 | Healthcare

Measure enhances enforcement of federal law by requiring health insurers to document that behavioral-care coverage is on par with physical-care benefits

Teachers Lobby for Reduced Health Insurance Costs

NJTV News Online | January 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Members of the NJEA say they’re losing money because premiums are rising faster than their annual pay raises
Horizon Distributes Millions From 2018 Federal Tax Refund … as Planned
Lilo H. Stainton | January 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Families, businesses, community-based initiatives benefit, but details are scarce
New Funding for Expansion of Pediatric Mental Health Programs in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | January 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Aim is to improve diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse issues among children and adolescents
NJ House Democrats Plot Out Multifront Defense of Obamacare
Lilo H. Stainton | January 11, 2019 | Healthcare
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone emerges as leader in battle with GOP over fate of ACA, now imperiled by ruling of federal judge in Texas
NJ Lags Nation for Disabled Residents in Community Settings
Lilo H. Stainton | January 10, 2019 | Healthcare
State officials reply to findings of new report saying positive change is already in progress
State Questions Feds’ Lower Subsidy for NJ’s Healthcare Reinsurance Program
Lilo H. Stainton | January 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Federal provision for covering costliest medical claims is well short of what New Jersey officials had expected. DOBI Commissioner Marlene Caride asks for explanation
Worrying Rise in Poisonings Related to Over-the-Counter Diarrhea Medicine
Lilo H. Stainton | January 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Some opioid users, in an attempt to prevent the pains of withdrawal, are risking death from massive overdoses of easily available medications
New Jersey’s Tough New Outdoor Smoking Ban Is Just Days Away
Lilo H. Stainton | January 7, 2019 | Healthcare
If you are caught lighting up a cigarette or vaping in a park or a forest, on the boardwalk or the beach, prepare to pay a big fine
Massive Healthcare Systems Merger Seeks To Integrate Mental, Physical Care
Lilo H. Stainton | January 4, 2019 | Healthcare
The joining of Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic reflects an attempt to jettison a fragmented approach to the care of patients with multiple needs
Task Force Takes Aim at Public Health Benefit-Plan Managers
Lilo H. Stainton | January 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Group appointed by governor recommends ways state can save money while delivering better care for some 800,000 public employees
Top Reports: Tracking New Jersey’s Progress on Population Health
Lilo H. Stainton | December 27, 2018 | Healthcare, Winter 2018
The Department of Health issued a voluminous but easy-to-digest report that evaluates New Jersey’s performance on more than 100 health indicators
Lessons from NJ Contribute to National Guide on Complex Health Challenges
Lilo H. Stainton | December 21, 2018 | Healthcare
An initiative out of Camden and other cities in New Jersey is being transformed into a countrywide program to improve care for some often difficult-to-treat patients
State Takes New Direction, Pledging to End AIDS Epidemic in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | December 20, 2018 | Healthcare
Seven years is not much of a window, but administration and Department of Health say they can eliminate AIDS by 2025
Helping the Helpers: Advocates Want Task Force for Unpaid Caregivers
Lilo H. Stainton | December 19, 2018 | Healthcare
What’s needed to support family members and others who care for elderly or disabled loved ones?
Murphy Vetoes Move to Expedite Rebid of Public-Worker Pharma Contract
Lilo H. Stainton | December 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor’s take-it-slow approach to $6.7 billion contract once again puts him at odds with Democratic legislative leaders
Access to Contraception, Abortion Not Easy for Some Women in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | December 17, 2018 | Healthcare
While services may exist on paper, new report concludes that reimbursement rates, transportation, other obstacles keep them out of reach for some
Troubled Newark Hospital Selects Current Monitor As Acting President And CEO
Lilo H. Stainton | December 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Judy Persichilli, an executive with a national hospital system, had just issued her report, identifying deep-seated problems with leadership, communications and long-term planning
Two Days Left to Sign Up for 2019 Coverage Under ACA
NJTV News Online | December 14, 2018 | Healthcare
The number of enrollees in New Jersey so far this year is down significantly over the same period in 2018, a trend that is matched across the country
South Jersey Lawmaker Seeks to Stem Gun Violence with ER Programs
Lilo H. Stainton | December 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Trying to break a cycle where nearly half of hospital trauma admissions in U.S. involve repeat victims of violence
State Monitor Identifies Major Leadership, Planning Problems at Newark Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | December 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Troubling findings on operations, finances, quality of care at state’s only public acute-care facility
Could Doulas Help to Reduce Racial Disparities in NJ’s Maternity Care?
Lilo H. Stainton | December 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Recalling their own experiences, lawmakers get personal, underlining the significant differences in how women of different racial backgrounds can experience childbirth in New Jersey
CEO To Step Down from Embattled Public Hospital in Newark
Lilo H. Stainton | December 7, 2018 | Healthcare
The board of University Hospital had earlier this year awarded a new contract to CEO John Kastanis, under which he was making $900K
Garden State Lawmakers Want to Bring Clinical Drug Trials Home
Lilo H. Stainton | December 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Bill calls for working group to help bridge gaps between pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, and healthcare providers
State, National, Enrollment in ACA Marketplace Down Over Last Year
Lilo H. Stainton | December 5, 2018 | Healthcare
As Trump targets Obamacare, fewer New Jerseyans are signing up for health insurance on the federal marketplace despite price cuts and push by Trenton to bolster enrollments. In other states, it’s worse
Senate Hearing Highlights Challenges of Infection Control in Hospital Facilities
Lilo H. Stainton | December 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Representatives of locations affected by viral and bacterial outbreaks are no-shows. Sen. Richard Codey suggests seeking subpoena power to force their attendance
Murphy on Looming ACA Enrollment Deadline: Get Out and Get Coverage
NJTV News Online | December 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Speaking at library in Elizabeth, governor also fields questions about sexual assault investigation, Honeywell’s decision to move execs to North Carolina
Making Housing the Priority for Homeless People in NJ — over Treatment or Sobriety
Lilo H. Stainton | December 3, 2018 | Healthcare
The ‘housing first’ model of treating homeless people in a ‘humanistic and holistic way’ is gaining ground in the Garden State as elsewhere in the country
Opioids: Unique NJ Study of Genetic and Other Links to Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | November 30, 2018 | Healthcare
Trying to better understand the scourge and help identify new prevention strategies as more than 3,000 opioid-related deaths anticipated in New Jersey this year
Healthcare Issues Drove Voters in November, Stand to Shape New Congress
Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey’s blue wave — and its national counterpart — turns the tide on Trump administration’s attempts to undermine ACA
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