ASSEMBLY, No. 2168
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 11, 2010
Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblywoman ANNETTE QUIJANO
District 20 (Union)
Senators Weinberg, Ruiz, Allen, Beach, Goodwin, Gordon, S.Kean, Madden, Rice, Singer, Vitale and Whelan
Jaden’s Law; requires DHSS to prepare online brochure about the option to donate bone marrow.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on May 6, 2010, with amendments.
An Act concerning bone marrow donation and designated as Jaden’s Law, and supplementing 1[Titles] Title1 26 1[and 45]1 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall prepare an online brochure for display on the Internet website of the Department of Health and Senior Services, based upon information derived from the National Marrow Donor Program, or NMDP, which may be downloaded by physicians 1and utilized by the commissioner1 for the purposes of 1[section 2 of P.L. , c. (C. )(pending before the Legislature as this act)] subsection c. of this section1, and shall be designed to inform patients of the option to become a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell, or PBSC, donor by registering with the NMDP and to answer common questions about bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell, or PBSC, donation.
b. The brochure shall describe:
(1) the health benefits to the community from making a bone marrow or PBSC donation through the NMDP;
(2) how to register with the NMDP;
(3) the procedures for making a bone marrow or PBSC donation through the NMDP, including notice that there is no charge to the donor or the donor’s family for making the donation;
(4) the circumstances and procedures by which a patient may receive a transfusion of the patient’s previously donated blood; and
(5) any other aspects of bone marrow or PBSC donation that the commissioner deems appropriate for the purposes of this act.
1c. The commissioner, within the limits of resources available to the Department of Health and Senior Services for this purpose, shall seek to promote awareness among physicians and the general public in this State about the option to become a bone marrow or PBSC donor. In doing so, the commissioner shall consult with at least the following: the Medical Society of New Jersey, the Institute of Medicine and Public Health of New Jersey, the NMDP, and other organizations that are seeking to increase bone marrow and PBSC donation among various ethnic groups within the State in need of these donations.1
1[2. a. A physician, as early as practicable in the physician’s therapeutic relationship with a patient and unless the physician reasonably believes that bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell, or PBSC, donation would threaten the health of the patient, shall provide a copy of the brochure prepared by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services pursuant to section 1 of P.L. , c. (C. )(pending before the Legislature as this act) to every patient:
(1) who is known by the physician to be at least 18 years of age but no older than 60 years of age; and
(2) who the physician anticipates will be admitted to a hospital for an elective orthopedic procedure or treatment or otherwise believes is an appropriate candidate for bone marrow or PBSC donation; or for whom the physician otherwise believes bone marrow or PBSC donation is appropriate to the patient’s medical circumstances or is desired by the patient.
The physician shall offer to discuss the information contained in the brochure with the patient.
b. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not be construed to apply to a physician who is directly affiliated with a religious denomination that adheres to the tenet that bone marrow or PBSC transfer is contrary to the moral principles which the denomination considers to be an essential part of its beliefs and practices.]1
1[3.] 2.1 This act shall take effect on the 90th day following enactment.