NJ FamilyCare Will Likely Soon Pay For Therapy From Social Workers, Marriage Counselors

In good news for many local families, a New Jersey Legislature committee approved a bill to have NJ Family Care accept and reimburse claims for services for licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), social workers, professional counselor, associate counselors, marriage and family therapists, and associate marriage and family therapists.

These claims are eligible for reimbursement provided that the therapist holds a current, valid license issued pursuant to State law and is an approved NJ FamilyCare provider.

The bill, as amended, also explicitly states that none of the bill’s provisions are be construed to allow a licensed social worker, licensed associate counselor, or licensed associate marriage and family therapist to practice within the scope of their license without a supervising practitioner (as is the current law) or to require NJ FamilyCare to reimburse a
claim for covered services submitted by a licensed social worker, licensed associate counselor, or licensed associate marriage and family therapist.

The legislation still has to be voted on by the full Legislature and signed into law by Governor Murphy.

 

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