The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics advocates on state-level issues related to children’s health and well-being and the practice of pediatrics. 
Our work is strictly nonpartisan, and addresses New Jersey bills and budget items related to public health and the viability of pediatric practices. 

  1. Child Health Access and Reimbursement

  2. Immunization 

  3. Mental and Behavioral Health 

  4. Prevention of Childhood Injury and Trauma 

  5. Achieving Racial and Ethnic Health Parity  

  6. Advocacy for COVID-19 Policies  

A5573 – Requires public and nonpublic schools with lunch programs to provide free lunch to increasing numbers of income-eligible students and, after five-year phase-in, to provide free lunch to all students, regardless of income or federal eligibility.

A5561- Establishes programs to address needs of toddlers and certain children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

S2792/A4223 (corresponding bill)- Increases Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care and mental health services according to Medicare payment rates for same services; appropriates $20 million

S1188/S1970 – Lowers age at which minors can consent to behavioral health care treatment from age 16 to age 14.

A3937/S2504 – Requires Medicaid reimbursement rates for certain primary and mental health care services match reimbursement rates under Medicare.

A1899/S1970 – Permits a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, pharmacy extern, or pharmacy technician to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to a patient who is five years of age or older.

A3116/S2012 – Requires public schools that receive State aid to begin regular instruction for high school students no earlier than 8:30 AM.