Legislative package fights state's maternal and infant health crisis

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Urban News Staff Reports

A legislative package consisting of four bills is singed into law combating 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 New Jersey’s mothers and babies and address the 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.

The four bills signed into law: requires health benefits and Medicaid coverage for breastfeeding support, requires Medicaid coverage for pasteurized donated human breast milk under certain circumstances, Revises Newborn Screening program in the Department of Health and Mandates health benefits coverage for fertility preservation services under certain health insurance plans.

“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.”

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