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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Burzichelli: We Must Work to Improve Our Psychiatric Hospitals
Assembly Budget Committee Vice-Chair Issues Statement Following NJ Department of Health Testimony

After yesterday's Assembly Budget Committee hearing with the New Jersey Department of Health, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem) issued the following statement regarding the state of New Jersey's psychiatric hospitals:

"I'm very encouraged that serious assaults in our four state psychiatric hospitals are down 60 percent and that updated training of staff continues. That is important progress.

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Johnson Statement on New Alternative Treatment Centers

"New ATCs Must Provide Opportunities for Women, Minority, Veteran Business Owners" In response New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Shareef Elnahal's testimony during yesterday's Assembly Budget Committee regarding the expansion of New Jersey's medical marijuana program with the addition of six new Alternative Treatment Centers, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) released the following statement:

"The expansion of the state's medical marijuana program is a good thing because more patients will have access to the supply that helps ease the pain they suffer every day.
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Zwicker, Freiman & Project BEST Host Free Vision Screening to Promote Eye Health, Prevent Blindness

With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reporting that approximately 11 million Americans over age 12 need eye correction, Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman (D-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) will partner with the New Jersey Department of Human Services' Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired to host a free vision screening Tuesday, April 9, noon-3 pm, at the Hunterdon County Library, 314 Route 12, Building 3, Flemington, NJ 08822.

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Armato, Lopez, Zwicker Bill Requiring Hospitals to Include Opioid Addiction Information with Patient Discharge Papers Approved by Assembly

As part of New Jersey's ongoing, integrated approach to preventing and fighting drug addiction, a bill requiring hospitals to include a warning about the risks of addiction, overdose and death associated with opioids in a patient's discharge papers was approved 78-0-0 Monday by the full Assembly.

The bill (A-4883) is sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Yvonne Lopez and Andrew Zwicker. As per the measure, acute care hospitals would be required to include the information provided that the patient was discharged from the hospital with a prescription for an opioid drug.

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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano & Jasey Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Receives Final Legislative Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was approved today by a vote of 73-3.

The bill (A-2031) would require plans to provide coverage for medically necessary behavioral health care services and to meet the requirements of a 2008 federal law, which prevents certain health insurers that provide mental or substance use disorder benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical or surgical benefits, commonly referred to as mental health parity.

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Reynolds Jackson Introduces Maternal Health Care Bill Placing NJ Home Visitation Initiative Under Medicaid Coverage

Taking another step toward encouraging stronger maternal health care practices for new mothers, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson introduced legislation that would allow Medicaid Coverage for certain New Jersey home visitation program services.

The legislation is among over 15 measures sponsored by Assembly Democrats to improve maternal health care for families and reduce maternal deaths in the state. New Jersey ranks 47th among 50 states with the highest maternal deaths, according to America's Health Rankings, a report by the United Health Foundation.

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Conaway, Jimenez Release Statement on Bill to Amend "Health Care Quality Act"

Measure Would Delete Prior Authorization Requirements by Certain Insurers for Accessing Certain Health Insurance Services
As part of an ongoing effort to develop solutions that produce better patient outcomes, streamline the health care delivery process, and maximize health care dollars, Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, Jr., (D-Burlington), chair, Assemblyman Health and Senior Services Committee, and Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-Bergen, Hudson) released the following statement Tuesday regarding a bill that would amend the "Health Care Quality Act."

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