Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
GOVERNOR’S PRESS RELEASE:
Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie signed into law today his “life-saving healthcare reform” to guarantee insurance coverage for people to access immediate drug addiction treatment and to limit initial opioid prescriptions. Governor Christie announced this recovery reform during his 2017 State of the State address, and it was passed in a month by the legislature.
“Everyone in New Jersey is impacted by America’s growing drug addiction crisis, and so I am proud bipartisan legislative leaders expedited the passage of this life-saving healthcare reform that will serve as a national model,” Governor Christie said. “Lives will no longer be put at risk by layers of needless bureaucracy or due to an overabundance of prescribed opioid pills that get into the hands of children and the vulnerable. This … will provide critical prevention and treatment measures to combat the rampant, deadly disease of addiction.”
This new law, S-3/A-3, makes New Jersey the only state in which people with insurance are guaranteed coverage and cannot be retroactively charged for six months of necessary addiction treatment. It also establishes in New Jersey the country’s strongest maximum limit of five days’ worth of prescribed opioid pills to keep them out of the hands of children and the vulnerable.
This new law ensures:
Earlier this month, Governor Christie signed legislation to help fulfill another anti-addiction reform announced in his 2017 State of the State that will raise awareness and education to prevent deadly opioid issues from impacting children and teenagers.
The Governor encourages people to call 844-ReachNJ or visit www.reachnj.gov for instant, 24-hour per day, cost-free drug addiction related help for themselves and others. That website also lists a comprehensive menu of Governor Christie’s pending and enacted life-saving prevention, treatment and recovery reforms.