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New Jersey


Chapter 117, P.L. 2017

Date Approved: July 21, 2017

Effective Date: July 21, 2017


This law authorizes health care providers, including, but not limited to, licensed physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, clinical social workers, physician assistants, professional counselors, respiratory therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, and optometrists, to remotely provide health care services to patients through the use of telemedicine and telehealth.

It specifies that Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare, and certain health insurance providers, including the carriers of health benefits plans, the State Health Benefits Commission, and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission, are each to provide coverage and payment for services provided through telemedicine and telehealth on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate that is applicable, when the services are delivered in-person in New Jersey. 

This law takes effect immediately.


  • Comment Link Selma Sisco, EdS, LMFT Friday, 12 January 2018 19:45 posted by Selma Sisco, EdS, LMFT

    New Jersey Senate passed a bill on July 21, 2017.
    PL2017 Chapter 117 approved July 21, 2017
    This is a health care services law authorizing services through telemedicine and telehealth.

  • Comment Link Super User Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:46 posted by Super User

    As of today, according to J. Michael Walker, Executive Director, State Board of Social Work Examiners, NJ LCSWs in NJ can provide telemental health services to clients who are in NJ while using technology that allows for the clinician to be HIPAA compliant.

  • Comment Link EC Wednesday, 07 June 2017 09:38 posted by EC

    I just spoke to Nermin at the NJ BSWE, who stated that NJ BSWE does not allow any teletherapy under a NJ license.

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