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Conaway, Benson, Pinkin & Wimberly Bill Requiring Health Insurers to Cover New Abuse-Deterrent Pain Medications Clears Assembly
Legislation is Aimed at Reducing Opiate Addictions & Overdoses(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Daniel Benson Nancy Pinkin and Benjie Wimberly requiring health insurers to cover prescription pain relief medications designed to decrease abuse and addiction was recently released by the General Assembly, 60-13-5.
Specifically, the bill (A-4271) would require health insurers to provide health benefits coverage for prescribed abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs.
"As it stands now, deaths from opioid addiction are at epidemic proportions," said Conaway (D-Burlington), a practicing physician. "Pain treatment, similar to other courses of treatment, can have side effects - including the risk of addiction. As a doctor, my goal is to reduce those risks and make the patient well. Removing the cost barrier to abuse-deterrent opiates will increase the prescribing and use of these high-tech drugs, which have significant potential to reduce dependency and overdoses. We as policymakers should be encouraging the widespread use of abuse-deterrent formulations to protect consumers and lower costs to the health care system. That's exactly what this bill achieves." For More
Vainieri Huttle, Mosquera, McKeon, Benson & Sumter ‘Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015’ Heads to Governor’s DeskLegislation Would Permit Victims without Ties to Offenders to Seek Protective Orders
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gabriela Mosquera, John McKeon, Daniel Benson and Shavonda Sumter to allow more victims of sexual assault to seek protective orders against their perpetrators recently received final legislative approval from the General Assembly.
"Simply seeing an abuser - whether he or she is a new acquaintance or an old friend - forces many sexual assault survivors to relive the trauma of having been violated, and current law says they have no option but to suffer in silence," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen)…
Benson, Sumter & Lagana Bill to Ensure Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs Signed into LawLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Shavonda Sumter and Joseph Lagana to help curb New Jersey's heroin and opioid crisis is now law.
"With its emphasis on educating the public, this is critical in our effort to prevent overdoses and save lives," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "This will help prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands and, hopefully, eliminate the scourge that is prescription drug abuse in New Jersey..."
Benson & Mukherji Bill to Require Special Ed Coursework in Teacher Preparation Programs Approved by AssemblyLegislation Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson and Raj Mukherji sponsored to help increase the number of educators in New Jersey qualified to teach students with autism was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.
"New Jersey has one of the highest autism diagnosis rates in the nation, and we must work to ensure that every child with an autism spectrum disorder has access to an appropriate education," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "This legislation will help educators in our state better address the specific needs of children with developmental disabilities so that these students can reach their full potential."
Lampitt, Conaway, Benson, Sumter, Fuentes & Pinkin Bill to Make Cost-Effective Biological Drug Alternatives More Widely Available Gets Final Legislative OKLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Daniel Benson, Shavonda Sumter, Angel Fuentes and Nancy Pinkin to make it easier for consumers to obtain more cost-effective, "generic" versions of biological medicines used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, psoriasis and various forms of cancer was approved 75-0 Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.
"The FDA has created a safe pathway to make alternative biological medicines more readily available on the market," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "If there is a more cost-effective option to treat and cure various illnesses, then by all means we should be helping patients pursue it." ...
Mosquera, Greenwald, Lagana, Benson, Lampitt & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence Approved by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Lou Greenwald, Joseph Lagana, Dan Benson, Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.
"For victims and their children, domestic violence turns a chance to live the American Dream into a horrific nightmare. I know, because I've lived that nightmare," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Too many victims are killed at the hands of abusers who have easy access to firearms, before they ever have a chance to get out. This legislation will change that - strengthening our gun violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic violence."
Singleton, Mosquera & Benson Sponsored 'Lisa's Law' to Electronically Monitor Domestic Violence Offenders Approved by Assembly
Pilot Program Named for Letizia Zindell, A Domestic Violence Victim Murdered by her Former Fiancée(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson that would establish a pilot program for the electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders in New Jersey was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.
"Under our current system, it is far too easy for domestic violence offenders to get close to their victims again after an initial attack has occurred,..." said Singleton (D-Burlington). For More