Assembly Health and Senior Services

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee is responsible for the oversight of health care policy. Its focus is legislation that works to prevent disease, promote well-being at all life stages and encourage informed choices that enrich the quality of life for residents and communities.
Democratic Research Aide:  Nicole A. Brown   
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Lagana, Pinkin, Vainieri Huttle, Caride, Caputo & Wimberly Bill Enlisting the Aid of Physicians in the Conversation with Teens on Opioid Addiction Advances

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Nancy Pinkin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Marlene Caride, Ralph Caputo and Benjie Wimberly enlisting the aid of healthcare providers in discussing the dangers of certain opioid medications prior to issuing a prescription to patients who are minors.

"We've seen the devastation the opioid crisis has created in many of our communities," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This discussion needs to be had as early as possible and from as many angles as possible to reach our young people before it's too late."

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Assembly Panel Approves McKnight & Chiaravalloti Bill Allowing Jersey City to Resume Issuing Birth Certificates After Security Concerns Prompted Moratorium

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angela McKnight and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would allow Jersey City to resume issuing certified copies of birth certificates after security compromises in 2004 forced the state to mandate that they could only be obtained from Trenton.

"This moratorium has forced Jersey City residents to trudge all the way to Trenton to obtain a copy of their birth certificate, resulting in unwanted delays and added costs," said McKnight (D-Hudson). "This bill will once again allow residents born in Jersey City to obtain a copy in the same simplified manner as other state residents."

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Burzichelli & Coughlin Bill Providing Incentives to Improve Hospital Care Gains Assembly Panel Approval

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Burzichelli and Craig Coughlin allowing hospitals to provide physicians with performance-based incentive payments to increase quality of care and reduce costs.

"Essentially, this bill would allow hospitals and physicians to enter into arrangements to improve the overall health of an individual patient by tracking him or her through the healthcare delivery system," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "Through objective measurements, physicians will have an additional incentive to go above and beyond to improve outcomes for their patients. This is a win for everyone."

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Telemedicine, Manufacturing Jobs & Homeowner Association Resident Rights Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Among Bills Also on Tap: Juvenile Depression Screenings, ID Theft Help, Disqualifying Casino Applicants who Recently Shuttered a Casino, Jersey City Birth Certificates & Earn Your Way Out Act

Telemedicine, job training for the unemployed, a New Jersey Advanced Manufacturing Council and more rights for those living in homeowner associations highlight Monday's Assembly committee hearings…

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