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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Video - NJ Assembly Democrats' Week in Review: March 20-24

New Jersey Assembly Democrats Week in Review for March 20-24.

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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Mukherji, Downey & Wimberly Opioid Antidote Bill Gains Assembly Approval

Measure Will Allow Pharmacies to Dispense Antidote without Rx
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vince Mazzeo, Raj Mukherji, Joann Downey and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that opioid antidotes are available to help prevent overdoses was approved unanimously by the full Assembly on Thursday.

The bill (A-2334) would expand public access to opioid antidotes, such as naloxone hydrochloride, by amending the provisions of the "Overdose Prevention Act" (OPA) in order to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone to any person, without a prescription, pursuant to a standing order issued by a prescriber or, upon request by the pharmacist, pursuant to a standing order issued by the Commissioner of Health or the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Services.

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Video: Sumter Decries Republican Efforts to Strip Health Care from New Jerseyans

Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Passaic/Bergen) speaks on the Assembly floor Thursday to decry Republican efforts to strip health care from New Jerseyans, raise premiums on the elderly and young and provide tax breaks to millionaires.

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Video: Prieto & Coughlin Protest Republican Plans to Strip Health Care from New Jerseyans

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) and Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Chairman Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) protest Republican plans to strip health care coverage from New Jerseyans. The two lawmakers joined a Thursday New Jersey Citizen Action rally at the State House.

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Speaker Prieto Protests Republican Efforts to Strip Health Care from New Jerseyans

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Speaker Decries GOP Plan to Strip Health Care & Boost Premiums for Elderly & Young - All while Giving Tax Breaks to Millionaires

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Thursday after joining advocates at a State House rally to protest Republican plans to strip health insurance from about 500,000 New Jerseyans and charge higher premiums to the elderly and the young - all while providing tax breaks to millionaires:

"It's frightening that Republicans are backing a plan to strip health care from about a half-million New Jerseyans and hike premiums on the elderly and young adults - all while giving tax breaks to millionaires. It's stunning and beyond belief that President Trump and his Republican allies would push such a reckless and scary plan, but it mirrors their mean-spirited politics..."

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Caride, Singleton, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Boost Certification Requirements for School Nurses, Ensure they are Well-Qualified Goes to Governor

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Benjie Wimberly to restore previous certification requirements for school nurses to ensure they are aptly qualified to care for students received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

The bill (A-1256) was prompted by the State Board of Education's decision in 2013 to reduce the minimum requirements to apparently address the shortage in nurses. However, the New Jersey State Nurses Association contends the reason for the change was to reduce costs for school districts by hiring less qualified applicants at lower salaries.

"Lowering these requirements reduces salaries by using lesser skilled nurses, and jeopardizes the health of our students," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic).

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