Parity Bill Passes Both Assembly and Senate

Parity Bill Passes Both Assembly and Senate

Advocacy Action Alert

Parity Bill Passes Both Assembly and Senate

First, THANK YOU to all who worked tirelessly and advocated for Parity!

On Monday, March 25th New Jerseyans with mental and/or substance use disorders, along with their families and loved ones, had a big win. The New Jersey legislature voted in favor of the Parity bill (S1339/A2031; Kean/Coughlin), which enhances enforcement and oversight of mental health condition and substance use disorder parity laws. Now the bill moves to Governor Murphy's desk to await signature.

Please show your support by contacting Governor Murphy and let him know how important parity is to the citizens of NJ.

This bill is designed to provide transparency that will ensure that behavioral health coverage is truly on par with physical health coverage. The legislation also provides guidance for how the Department of Banking and Insurance can check for compliance, allowing us to see how NJ is faring on parity moving forward.

Let Governor Murphy know that mental health and substance use disorders deserve EQUAL treatment!

Ways to contact Governor Murphy:

  1. Call him TODAY at 609-292-6000
  2. Contact his office electronically, by going to the Governor's webpage, and submitting an email
  3. Fax him at 609-292-3454
  4. Write him at:

Office of Governor Phil Murphy

The State House

P.O. Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625 

Template for Contacting Governor Murphy, Urging Him to Sign the Parity Bill into Law

Governor Murphy, my name is [First Name], I am a voting constituent, living in [County], New Jersey. I am reaching out to urge you to sign the Parity bill, S1339/A2031, into law! This piece of legislation is designed to ensure that behavioral health coverage is truly on par with physical health coverage and that consumers and employers get what they pay for when they purchase health insurance. 

Please sign the Parity bill into law.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this important matter.

For questions or support, contact:

Barb Johnston, MHANJ Director, Policy & Advocacy at [email protected] or Cynthia Spadola, MHANJ Community Advocate at [email protected]

Mental Health Association in New Jersey

673 Morris Ave., Suite 100

Springfield, NJ 07081