A-2682

Extends health benefits coverage of a newborn infant.

NJEA supports A-2682 (Lampitt).  This bill would extend the health benefits coverage of newborn infants.  Currently, newborn infants are covered for 30 days from the time of their birth without being enrolled in a health insurance plan.  This bill would extend that to 90 days.

The 30-day limitation can be difficult for parents to meet.  This bill gives them more time to ensure their children are covered by health insurance.  Early care can be critical to preventing future developmental issues that can follow a child throughout his or her life.

 This bill will help new parents and guarantee that children have access to health care in their first months.  NJEA asks that you vote yes.