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Senator Robert Singer

Senator Bob Singer

Singer Hospital Community Payment Bill Advances

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for blanket tax exemptions on their property was approved by a Senate committee. S-3299, which is also sponsored by Senators Steve Sweeney and Joe Vitale, would update tax laws that date back to 1913, would have acute-care hospitals make payments to their home communities to offset the cost of local services.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for property tax exemptions. (SenateNJ.com)

“This plan that was developed with the hospitals’ input is a fair way to compensate host municipalities for the services hospitals use,” said Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “These hospitals provide critical services to our communities and are a significant economic engine in the areas they serve. We rely on their continued future success under this community payment plan.”

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Singer & Sweeney Bill to Protect Developmentally Disabled From Dangerous Acts Goes to Governor

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Legislation authored by Senator Robert Singer and Senate President Steve Sweeney that would upgrade current law to better protect those with developmental disabilities from being victimized by the acts of others that are dangerous and potentially deadly gained Assembly approval. The measure was approved with a vote of 65-1. Previously approved by the Senate, it now goes to the governor.

Legislation by Sen. Robert Singer and Senate President Steve Sweeney to better protect those with developmental disabilities was prompted by an incident that resulted in the near drowning of Parker Drake, a 19-year-old autistic man with diabetes. (Christine Marshall)

The bill, S-2940/A-4531, would better define reckless endangerment laws and increase punishment and penalties for putting others at risk, with the strongest penalties for those whose victims have cognitive impairments.

“Bullying or taking advantage of anyone, especially those who are less able to protect themselves, is not only wrong but can have life threatening consequences,” said Singer. “This legislation will make certain anyone who commits this type of troubling act is held responsible. I thank my colleagues for taking a stand to increase protections for those with disabilities and to make it clear this type of behavior won’t be tolerated in New Jersey.”

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Singer Introduces Hospital Community Payment Legislation

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Senator Robert Singer introduced bipartisan legislation that would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for blanket tax exemptions on their property.  The bill is also sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joseph Vitale.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for property tax exemptions. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, which would update tax laws that date back to 1913, would have acute-care hospitals make payments to their home communities to offset the cost of local services.

“These hospitals are an important part of the communities they serve, providing medical care, creating jobs and contributing to their local economies,” said Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “We recognize and appreciate their value. These payments will help compensate for the services the hospitals receive from the municipalities, including law enforcement and firefighters. The hospitals have worked with us in a cooperative way to craft this legislation.”

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Singer Bill to Protect Consumers, Establish Standards for Third-Party Energy Suppliers Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to increase consumer protections for customers of third-party energy suppliers was signed into law by Governor Christie.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation increasing consumer protections for customers of third-party energy suppliers was signed into law. (Flickr)

“Today’s bill signing ensures a greater level of transparency in the third-party energy supplier marketplace and establishes clear standards to better protect consumers,” said Singer. “Too many customers who switched to third-party suppliers in hopes of lowering costs have been lift with astronomical gas or electric bills due to confusing or misleading contracts.”

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Video: Singer Discusses Bipartisan Effort to Address Property Taxation of Non-Profit Hospitals

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Senator Robert Singer (R-30) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about a bipartisan effort to come to a compromise on how non-profit hospitals in New Jersey pay property taxes.

Click here to view the video.

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Singer Bill to Raise Awareness, Combat COPD Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to raise awareness and combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was signed into law.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation to raise awareness of and combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was signed into law. (©iStock)

“We need to do more to help the hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents struggling with COPD – the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Senator Singer. “By establishing a task force to evaluate how we can raise awareness and expand community resources, we are helping countless New Jerseyans with COPD live fuller, happier lives.”

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Singer Legislation Allowing for More Affordable Biosimilar Medication Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer making it more affordable for patients to get the treatment they need by allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms was signed into law.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms has been signed into law. (Flickr)

Biologics are an increasingly relied on form of medication created from living cells and used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, MS and other debilitating diseases. Within the industry, a generic version of a biologic is referred to as a biosimilar.

“Biologics are an important tool in treating severe diseases but they can be very costly as well,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “By now allowing pharmacists to substitute for an approved biosimilar more patients will be able to afford to get the treatment they need.”

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Senate Passes Singer Bills to Protect Consumers, Establish Standards for Third-Party Energy Suppliers

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to increase consumer protections for customers of third-party energy suppliers were passed today by the full Senate.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation, S-2466 and S-2468, increases consumer protections for customers of third-party energy suppliers. (Flickr)

“The deregulated energy market has brought with it a host of third-party energy suppliers and the opportunity for consumers to shop for providers offering lower rates,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “However, a lack of transparency and oversight has led to confusion and misleading contracts that have left too many customers who switched to third-party suppliers in hopes of lowering costs with astronomical gas or electric bills due to variable-rate plans and changing energy costs. These bills ensure a greater level of transparency and establishes clear standards to better protect consumers in the third-party energy supplier marketplace.”

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Singer Editorial On Innovative Ways to Cut Health Care Costs, Offer More Affordable Care for New Jersey Families

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The following editorial by Senator Robert Singer addressing innovative ways to cut health care costs and offer higher-quality, more affordable care for consumers was published by the Asbury Park Press on Oct. 16, 2015. Senator Singer serves on the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Robert Singer discusses the need to support innovative ways to cut health care costs and offer higher-quality, more affordable care for consumers. (©iStock.com)

Rapidly escalating health care costs have left families and businesses across New Jersey struggling to find high quality care they can afford. Consumers in New Jersey now pay the second-highest health care premiums in the country and those costs continue to rise faster than the national average.

The cost of health care for public workers now consumes nearly 10 percent of the state budget and the federal surcharge, which can be as much as $750 million to the state, is looming.

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Senate Passes Singer Bill Improving Coordination Between Behavioral/Primary Health Services

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A measure sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to create better coordinated and comprehensive primary and behavioral health care services was adopted by the full Senate.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation allows for better coordinated and comprehensive primary and behavioral health care services. (©iStock)

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.”

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