Gov. Phil Murphy on Jan. 13 signed into law a legislative package designed to combat New Jersey’s maternal and infant health crisis and provide health benefits coverage for fertility preservation services.
The series of bills aims to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies and address racial inequities in maternal and infant health care. The legislation will support the efforts of the Administration’s Nurture NJ campaign, which is led by First Lady Tammy Murphy.
“In New Jersey, we are committed to improving the health and safety of every mother and child,” said Murphy in a statement. “By signing today’s bills, we are taking another step forward in our effort to eliminate the racial disparities in maternal and infant care. I am proud to sign these bills into law and commend my colleagues in the Legislature for their commitment to improve health outcomes for New Jersey’s mothers, babies, and families,” Murphy said.
“Our mission is to make New Jersey the safest place in the nation to give birth,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy. “To achieve this, it is absolutely essential that mothers across all races, ethnicities, social and economic backgrounds are listened to and supported by federal, state and community resources. Today’s legislation provides better care and support for our mothers and babies, and moves us closer to improving health outcomes for all of New Jersey’s families.”
The following four bills were signed into law:
Assembly Bill 5509: Requires health benefits and Medicaid coverage for breastfeeding support.
Senate Bill 3159: Requires Medicaid coverage for pasteurized donated human breast milk under certain circumstances.
Senate Bill 484: Revises Newborn Screening Program in the Department of Health.
Senate Bill 2133: Mandates health benefits coverage for fertility preservation services under certain health insurance plans.