Andrzejczak Introduces Healthcare Consumer Protection MeasureBill Would Limit How Much Can Be Charged for Copies of Medical Records
Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak recently introduced legislation to protect healthcare consumers from exorbitant fees to obtain copies of their own medical records.
"Copies of medical records can become costly very quickly, and often times these are the patients that are already feeling the squeeze from mounting healthcare costs," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "For patients that move or need to switch doctors, requesting copies of medical records can pose an unwanted burden. This change would give New Jersey patients some of the lowest medical record fees in the country..."
Andrzejczak & Caride Bills to Protect and Promote New Jersey's Beekeeping Industry Now Law
Bills Designed to Boost Key N.J. Agricultural Industry(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak and Marlene Caride sponsored to protect and promote New Jersey's beekeeping industry and the vital role it plays in New Jersey's agricultural community was signed into law on Friday.
The three bills originated from the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Andrzejczak. The General Assembly approved the measures last June.
"Bees are an essential part of agriculture nationwide, needed to pollinate about a third of the food people consume, including important New Jersey crops such as apples, blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, cucumbers, peaches, pumpkins, squash and strawberries," said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). "Yet, we also know of the problems faced by the industry with a decline in the honey bee population. The new laws will help to protect this industry and our farming communities."
Tucker, Andrzejczak & Taliaferro Introduce Bill to Require Employee Training on Service or "Guide" Dogs(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Bob Andrzejczak and Adam Taliaferro have introduced legislation meant to educate employees about the state disability law concerning patrons who travel with service or "guide" dogs and how to properly help them.
The sponsors said the intention of the bill is to prevent incidents occurring across the state in which individuals with disabilities were not allowed to have service animals accompany them in a store and other public places.
Spencer 'Walks' with Community Leaders to Help Raise Awareness of Port Truck Pollution in Newark's South WardAssembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chair L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) today joined community and environmental advocates at Weequahic Park to raise awareness about air pollution and health issues facing residents in Newark's South Ward neighborhoods.
"The long-term effects of air pollution are dangerous and even deadly. Unfortunately for South Ward residents, they are exposed to these pollutants through no fault of their own, but because of where they live," said Spencer. "The port and trucking companies have a responsibility to protect these families from the health risks associated with diesel fumes. Today, we call on them to be better neighbors and take the necessary steps to prevent putting the health of our residents further at risk."
Garcia, Eustace, Taliaferro & Mukherji Introduce Bill to Restore Funding for Smoking Prevention Programs in NJAssemblymen Carmelo Garcia, Tim Eustace, Adam Taliaferro and Raj Mukherji have introduced legislation to help restore funding for anti-smoking initiatives in the state.
"For the last three years, the state has spent nothing on prevention. This is unacceptable," said Garcia (D-Hudson). "Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the country. Not only does it kill people, it costs taxpayers billions in health care costs. There are funds that are supposed to be used to advocate prevention that are being spent elsewhere. This helps redirect those funds to their intended purpose so we can invest in prevention programs without having to raise the tobacco tax."
Mosquera Joins Congress Members, Federal Advocates in Discussion on Preventing Domestic Abuse & Gun Violence
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