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: Mazzeo on His Bill to Save Lives by Improving the Overdose Protection Act

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) discusses his legislation (A-4467) to save lives by making clear that authorized persons and entities may administer multiple doses of any FDA-approved opioid antidote to an overdose victim, regardless of dosage amount or administration method. The life-saving bill was advanced Monday by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.

Watch the video here.

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Conaway & Benson Bill to Ban Flavored Electronic Smoking Devices in New Jersey Advances

Separate Measure Would also Prohibit Use of Coupons & Promotional Offers on Tobacco & Vapor Products to Make Them Less Enticing
An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. and Daniel Benson to outlaw the sale of flavored electronic smoking products in New Jersey in an effort to prevent the products from being targeted to young people.
A separate measure approved by the panel would also prohibit the use of coupons and promotional offers for both tobacco and vapor products.

"Going back to the days of 'Joe Camel,' we've seen how nicotine companies carefully market their products to young, impressionable consumers in the hopes of attracting life-long customers," said Conaway (D-Burlington), a practicing physician. "The appeal of electronic smoking devices is just as bad, if not worse, because the products are available in almost every candy-like flavor imaginable. From a public health perspective, it makes sense to extend the ban on flavored tobacco products to electronic smoking devices, as well."

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Mazzeo Bill to Supersede Outdated Bureaucratic EMS Protocols, Help Save Lives Gains Assembly Panel Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) to supersede overbearing local EMS protocols mired in bureaucratic red tape that are putting the well-being of New Jersey residents in danger was approved Monday by the Assembly Health & Senior Services Committee.

The bill's (A-4467) two-pronged approach would allow first responders to more quickly deploy additional doses of naloxone - the life-saving anti-overdose medication - without an additional and unnecessary approval of their EMS Director and allow first responder departments to use any FDA-approved naloxone product, regardless of dosage.

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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Mukherji & Downey Opioid Antidote Bill Advances

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

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 authorize pharmacists to supply opioid antidotes to patients without prescriptions under a standing order that would be required to be issued by the Department of Health.

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Transient Housing Regulation, ATM/Credit Card Protections, Self-Driving Vehicle Insurance, Anti-Smoking, Opioid Antidotes, Tuition Transparency, Sandy Victim Help & Affordable Housing Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Telemedicine, Amusement Games at Airports, Criminalizing Flakka & Racial/Ethnic Impact Statements for Sentencing Measures

Regulating transient housing services such as Airbnb, ATM and credit card protections, self-driving vehicle insurance, anti-smoking legislation, opioid antidotes, tuition and fee transparency, Sandy victim mortgage relief and affordable housing legislation highlight Monday's Assembly committee hearings.

Also on tap: telemedicine, amusement games at airports, criminalizing flakka and requiring a racial and ethnic impact statement for bills and regulations affecting sentencing…

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