Greenwald, Downey & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Establish Regional Health Hubs Throughout State Passes Full Assembly

Assembly Democrats Louis Greenwald (D-Camden, Burlington), Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) have sponsored a bill (A-5977) aimed at improving New Jersey’s healthcare through the creation of a Regional Health Hub Program.

Greenwald authored legislation that created the original Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Demonstration Project in 2011, and this new bill represents a continuation of those efforts.

In 2015, three organizations were designated ACOs in New Jersey – the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Trenton Health Team, and Health Greater Newark ACO, which is a sister organization to the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition. These three organizations, and the Health Coalition of Passaic County located in Paterson, would be re-designated as New Jersey’s first Regional Health Hub.

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McKeon, Vainieri Huttle & Pinkin Bill to Establish Protections from Financial Exploitation for Vulnerable Adults Passes Assembly

With the goal of preventing the financial exploitation of elderly New Jersey residents, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Nancy Pinkin to increase protections for adults at risk of falling victim to financial crimes was approved Monday by the full Assembly, 77-0.

“Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for senior citizens to be taken advantage of by people seeking to take their money, property, assets or identities,” said McKeon (D-Essex, Morris). “These crimes often go unreported and untracked. The good news is financial exploitation can be prevented with the right protections in place.”

The bill (A-5091) would provide that when a qualified individual believes the financial exploitation of an eligible adult has occurred or been attempted, they must notify the Bureau of Securities in the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety and the applicable county adult protective services provider. A “qualified individual” is defined under the bill as any agent, investment adviser representative or other person who serves in a supervisory, compliance, or legal capacity for a broker-dealer or investment adviser.

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Legislation to Help Prevent Unsafe Access to Prescription Medications Passes Full Assembly

In an effort to protect the environment and reduce unsafe access to prescription drugs, Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, John Armato and Robert Karabinchak have sponsored legislation to require pharmacies to educate customers and offer methods for them to properly dispose of their medicine. The bill unanimously passed the full Assembly Monday.

The bill (A-5667) would require pharmaceutical sites that dispense prescription medicines to provide patients with information about the potential risks of improperly discarding unused pills and syringes. One of those risks includes making it easier for someone to steal the medication from the trash for their own personal use or resale.

The legislation is named “Charlie’s Law” in Charlie Van Tassel’s memory – a young athlete who struggled with addiction for many years before tragically succumbing at the age of 33.

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Legislation Revising Requirements for Notifying Public of Freezing Weather Passes Assembly Committee

In an effort to protect vulnerable New Jersey residents during the winter, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle would require counties to alert the public whenever the National Weather Service predicts temperatures of 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. The Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced the legislation on Thursday.

The bill (A-6056) would require each county to issue Code Blue Alerts within 24 to 48 hours of the predicted freezing temperatures, regardless of whether precipitation is also anticipated. Each county’s Office of Emergency Management must distribute this notification of the impending weather to municipalities, social service agencies and non-profit organizations offering relevant services.

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Vainieri Huttle: New Jersey Gets a “C” on Thrive NJ Coalition Sex Education Report Card

(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued the following statement on the Thrive NJ Coalition New Jersey Sex Education Report Card:

“Today, the Thrive New Jersey Coalition released New Jersey’s Sex Education Report Card where our state received an overall grade of a C.

As a mother, if my child came home with this report card: earning mostly C’s in 6 out of 8 subjects, there would be no doubt that something is not working.

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Vainieri Huttle, Downey & Houghtaling Bill to Honor Transgender Advocate Babs Siperstein Clears Committee

To honor the legacy of one of New Jersey’s more influential and prominent LGBTQ advocates, the Assembly Human Services Committee on Monday advanced a bill (A-5074) to rename the state’s “Transgender Day of Remembrance” held annually on November 20th to “Babs Siperstein Transgender Day of Remembrance.”

Bill sponsors Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling (both D-Monmouth) released the following joint statement:

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Vainieri Huttle, Quijano & Kennedy Bill to Streamline Pathway for Non-Biological Parents to Adopt Children Clears Assembly Panel

In New Jersey, a birth certificate does not create legal parental rights for the couple listed as the child’s parents. In fact, a person is considered a legal parent of the child only if they are biologically related.

In a scenario in which a couple uses artificial insemination or other methods to conceive a child, and one partner does not contribute genetic material, that partner does not have legal rights to the child despite being listed as a parent on the birth certificate.

“Same-sex couples, LGBTQ couples, and heterosexual couples struggling with fertility who use assisted reproduction procedures may not be aware that the non-biological partner is not considered their child’s parent under the law,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), a primary sponsor of legislation to address this issue. “In these cases, parents need to adopt their own children to have legal rights. The adoption process is painstaking and lengthy, and reform is long overdue.”

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Sumter & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Create Commission to Study Tuition Aid Grant Program Advances in Assembly

Aiming to find ways to improve the State’s Tuition Aid Grant Program, a bill (A-1997) sponsored by Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to create a commission to study the program and make recommendations was approved Thursday by the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

The bill’s sponsors released the following statements:

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Vainieri Huttle & Reynolds-Jackson Bill Extending Coverage for Donated Breast Milk to Mothers Insured Under Medicaid Clears Assembly Panel

With research indicating that breast milk can protect infants from infection and reduce rates of health issues developing later in life, a measure to include coverage for pasteurized donated human breast milk under Medicaid was approved by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Thursday.

The bill (A-4747) would extend coverage under certain circumstances where either a mother is unable to give her child her own breast milk or an infant has a medical condition or need, as determined by a licensed medical practitioner. Coverage would be available to families with infants under six months of age.

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Legislation to Help Prevent Unsafe Access to Prescription Medications Passes Assembly Committee

In an effort to protect the environment and reduce unsafe access to prescription drugs, Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, John Armato and Robert Karabinchak have sponsored legislation to require pharmacies to educate customers and offer methods for them to properly dispose of their medicine. The bill passed the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on Thursday.

The bill (A-5667) would require pharmaceutical sites that dispense prescription medicines to provide patients with information about the potential risks of improperly discarding unused pills and syringes. One of those risks includes making it easier for someone to steal the medication from the trash for their own personal use or resale.

The legislation is named “Charlie’s Law” in Charlie Van Tassel’s memory – a young athlete who struggled with addiction for many years before tragically succumbing at the age of 33.

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