Senator RICHARD J. CODEY
District 27 (Essex and Morris)
Senator JOSEPH F. VITALE
District 19 (Middlesex)
Assemblyman CARMELO G. GARCIA
District 33 (Hudson)
Assemblyman JOSEPH A. LAGANA
District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblyman ADAM J. TALIAFERRO
District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)
Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblyman JOE DANIELSEN
District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)
Assemblyman JAMEL C. HOLLEY
District 20 (Union)
Assemblyman DANIEL R. BENSON
District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Assemblywoman ANGELICA M. JIMENEZ
District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)
Senators Connors, Rice, Bateman, Sweeney, Madden, Allen, Addiego, Singer, Assemblymen Caputo, Giblin, Assemblywomen Tucker, Schepisi, Rodriguez-Gregg, Pinkin, Assemblymen Eustace and Coughlin
Clarifies that Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders may be listed as secondary cause of death on death certificate when appropriate.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on June 15, 2015, with amendments.
An Act concerning death certificates and supplementing Chapter 6 of Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders may be listed as a secondary cause of death on a certification of death in any case in which:
(1) the deceased person is diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder; and
(2) it is determined, in accordance with currently accepted medical standards and with a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder was a significant contributing cause of the person’s death.
b. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any person to list Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder as a secondary cause of death, and no person 1shall1 be subject to any criminal or civil liability or any professional disciplinary action under Title 45 of the Revised Statutes for listing or failing to list Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder as a secondary cause of death on a certification of death.
c. As used in this section, “Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders” means forms of dementia characterized by a general loss of intellectual abilities of sufficient severity to interfere with social or occupational functioning.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.