Bill Watch

The NJPA will monitor these bills and make Association leaders available to provide expert opinion either in writing or through in-person meetings or testimony. Positions of support or opposition taken by the NJPA Board of Trustees will be conveyed to lawmakers by AMG, the Association lobby firm. Click here to view all bill positions taken by the Board of Trustees.

A2389/S1032 Expansion of Mental Health Screening Services

Introduced in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session

This bill provides for the Commissioner of Health to authorize a screening service to provide expanded mental health services in specified geographic areas. Read More

S1109/A2144 Renaming of the POLST and Authorization for PAs to Act

Introduced in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session

This bill renames the “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act” as “Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act;” permits physician assistants to sign and modify POLST forms; and requires continuing education concerning end-of-life care. Read More

A4744/S3314 – Removal of Prior Authorization Requirements for MAT

Introduced in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session

This bill which was signed into law in July 2019 requires the Department of Human Services to ensure medication assisted treatment benefits under the Medicaid program are provided without the imposition of prior authorization requirements. Read More

A4546/S491 Substance Use Screening by Secondary Schools

Introduced in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session

This bill requires public and nonpublic secondary schools to annually conduct written or verbal substance use screening on all students using a particular screening program. Read More

A3857/S2460 Visiting APNs Scope of Practice

Introduced in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session

This bill authorizes visiting advanced practice nurses who are not certified by endorsement in New Jersey to engage in the limited practice of prescribing medications and devices, if they have appropriate educational qualifications. Read More

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