A measure sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to create better coordinated and comprehensive primary and behavioral health care services was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Under Senator Singer’s legislation, S2375, ambulatory care facilities would be permitted to provide primary health care services and behavioral health care services under a single license.
“The state’s current requirement forcing facilities to obtain multiple licenses is an unnecessary burden that restricts a patients’ access to needed care and makes it much more difficult for health centers to provide coordinated, holistic care,” said Singer. “Making it easier for ambulatory care facilities to also provide mental health services will allow more patients to get the full spectrum of care that they need.”
Kean & Singer Seeking Update from State Health Commissioner on New Jersey’s Preparedness to Respond to Ebola
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator Bob Singer (R-30), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Health Committee, sent the following letter to New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd seeking an update on the preparedness of the Department of Health to effectively respond and protect the public should persons infected with the Ebola virus be identified in the state.
Singer Speaks About His Daughter, Sarri, Injured in a 2003 Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem
Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) joined with a bipartisan group of legislators and the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations at a press conference at the New Jersey State House to announce legislation showing solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish community.
Senator Singer is a sponsor of a bipartisan resolution, AR-154, introduced today expressing support for Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from Hamas terrorist organization. The resolution urges congress to take additional action to support the funding of the Iron Dome and calls for the demilitarization of Hamas in any peace negotiations.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer reforming New Jersey’s alimony laws to eliminate lifetime awards and establish guidelines for the amount and duration of awards has been signed into law by Governor Christie.
“These needed reforms will make sure a spouse who has faithfully met their financial obligation isn’t unfairly forced to work through retirement in order to continue making payments, while still making sure a dependent spouse is treated fairly after a divorce,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “The state’s alimony laws were out of touch with today’s society where both partners in a marriage often have careers and unfairly overburdened spouses with crippling lifetime awards. Under these reforms, the courts will no longer be operating with an assumption that either spouse will be dependent on the other for the rest of their lives after a divorce.”
Senator Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible (R-30) issued the following statement today regarding the death of Lakewood’s Aaron Sofer.
“Our thoughts and prayers today are with the Sofer family. Aaron’s tragic death is an unthinkable loss for his family, peers and the entire Lakewood community. Aaron’s dedication to his faith and family should serve as an example to us all. We thank those in the community, across the state and the country who offered their support and prayers for Aaron and his family during these past difficult days.”
Following the recent violent killings of a Newark girl and a Jersey City police officer, Senators Anthony Bucco and Robert Singer today called for reinstatement of the death penalty in New Jersey for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities.
Police have said Cheyanne Bond, a 17-year-old honor student and cheerleader, was forced to kneel by her killers and shot execution style in the back of the head. Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago was shot in the head while responding to a report of an armed robbery at a Walgreens.
Singer Proposes Amendments to Legislation Reforming Law Permitting Establishment of Employer Managed Health Benefits Programs
Senator Robert Singer, the sponsor of legislation making changes to the law permitting self –funded Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (“MEWAs”), today announced a series of amendments he intends to make to the bill to address concerns that have been raised by interested parties since the bill was first introduced and passed unanimously (79-0) by the General Assembly.
MEWAs are an alternative to traditional commercial insurance that permits employers, especially small- and mid-sized businesses, to band together to obtain economies of scale to help them reduce their health insurance costs and provide a greater range of health benefits to their employees. Senator Singer’s legislation, S2220, is intended to promote the availability of health care by strengthening the ability of MEWAs to compete with traditional health insurance carriers and self insured entities to provide those benefits at a reasonable cost.
The Senate today adopted legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer reforming New Jersey’s alimony laws to eliminate lifetime awards and establish guidelines for the amount and duration of awards.
“The state’s alimony laws are out of touch with today’s society and unfairly overburden spouses with crippling lifetime awards,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “As both spouses often work in today’s family structure the courts should not be operating with an assumption that either spouse will be dependent on the other for the rest of their lives after a divorce.”
The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) and Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to convene a planning summit to find ways to address an expected shortage of physicians practicing in the Garden State.
“Studies show New Jersey in the coming years will face a significant gap in the demand for care versus the number of physicians practicing in family care and important specialties,” said Singer, who also sponsors legislation to incentivize doctors to work in New Jersey. “If we truly want all communities to have access to a high level of care we must begin to address this issue now by finding ways to attract doctors in needed areas. Analyzing the problem and identifying possible solutions is an important first step.”
The full Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Jim Holzapfel (R-10) and Robert Singer (R-30) that would require pet stores to display additional information about each dog and cat for sale, including the name and address of the breeder.
“We’ve heard too many stories about puppy and kitten mills that breed and keep too many animals in unhealthy and inhumane conditions,” said Holzapfel. “By requiring increased disclosure of a cat or dog’s history at the point of sale, we can give consumers the opportunity to research the breeder and their reputation and make an informed decision on where to make their purchase.”