Archive for Tag: COVID-19

Matsikoudis bill helping veterans transition to licensed practical nursing careers clears committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis’ bill allowing honorably discharged veterans with certain medical training to more quickly enter the health care field as licensed practical nurses passed the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday. The bill, Matsikoudis says, addresses the state’s critical nursing shortages and helps veterans...

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State should extend early intervention services in response to Covid’s impact on youngest learners, says Deputy Republican Leader

TRENTON, N.J. – As state-mandated Covid-19 lockdowns and closures continue to negatively impact child development long after the public health emergency, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz is calling on legislative leadership to consider her bill extending early intervention services to age 6 from 3.  “Babies born during the pandemic missed out...

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Committee passes Dunn bill protecting long-term care residents from neglect and isolation

TRENTON, N.J. – A late Mendham nursing home resident who suffered from lockdowns and misguided policies during the Covid-19 pandemic inspired a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and passed by the Aging and Senior Services Committee Thursday. The bill (A4657), drafted in memory of 99-year-old Sally Griscavage Florek,...

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Committee considers Peterson legislation protecting taxpayer funds for health care

TRENTON, N.J. – An Assembly committee on Thursday will take up a bill addressing the limited public funds dedicated to counties for Covid-19 testing and treatment, and the soaring enrollment in Medicaid as people lost their employer-sponsored health insurance during the pandemic.  The bill (A2017), sponsored by Assemblyman Erik...

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Sawyer says NJ’s flagship university’s fall Covid policy flies in face of common sense and CDC

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer is calling on Rutgers University officials to revise its fall Covid-19 masking and testing requirements to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control that relaxes or eliminates many of those rules. The state’s flagship university will continue to mandate testing...

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Eulner and Piperno call on Murphy administration to rescind onerous Covid mandates in N.J. schools

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno argue it’s time to drop the onerous Covid-19 testing and vaccine requirements in schools following a top health official’s statement rejecting more mandates and amid the statewide teacher shortage. In an interview with NJ Spotlight News, state health commissioner Judy...

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Assembly passes bill making it easier for out-of-state EMTs to work in N.J.

TRENTON N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney says his bill making it easier for volunteer emergency medical technicians from other states to work in New Jersey will help address the Garden State’s shortage of first responders, which is especially important given the impact Covid-19 had on the industry. His...

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Assembly panel passes bill improving process to recognize out-of-state EMT certifications

TRENTON N.J. – Making it easier for volunteer emergency medical technicians from other states to work in New Jersey will help address the Garden State’s shortage of first responders, which is especially important given the impact Covid-19 had on the industry, says Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney. His bill (A831)...

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Children need more ABCs, less S-E-X, amid learning loss, inequitable funding slashes

TRENTON, N.J. – Schools must be fully funded and return to a rigorous focus on academics to combat learning loss, Assemblywomen Marilyn Piperno and Kim Eulner said. With the state’s Start Strong assessment showing significant learning loss as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s pandemic lockdown policies, their call...

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New Jersey students suffering learning loss left out of Murphy’s budget

TRENTON, N.J. – During an Assembly budget hearing on Monday, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Assemblyman Brian Rumpf pressed acting education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan on the administration’s spending and lesson plans to address students’ two-year learning loss. Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has largely failed to dedicate funding to learning loss...

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