[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 2961

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUNE 8, 2015

 


 

Sponsored by:

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)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Connors, Rice, Bateman, Sweeney, Madden, Allen, Addiego, Singer, Assemblymen Caputo, Giblin, Assemblywomen Tucker, Schepisi, Rodriguez-Gregg, Pinkin, Assemblymen Eustace and Coughlin

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     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.