SENATE HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND SENIOR CITIZENS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 2320

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  MAY 15, 2017

 

      The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Senate Bill No. 2320.

      As amended by the committee, this bill requires the attending, covering, or resident physician, the attending advanced practice nurse, or the county medical examiner who provides the death and last sickness particulars for a death certification to provide, or offer to provide, any examination, screening, test, report, or certification as may be necessary to prosecute a claim for State or federal benefits arising out of the deceased person’s death.  The professional certifying the death will be required to provide the examination, screening, test, report, or certification upon request by a survivor of the deceased person.

      The committee amended the bill to specify that the examination, screening, test, report, or certification is to be provided to “a survivor,” rather than “the survivor,” of a decedent, upon request; and to eliminate the provision of the bill that would have required a professional to offer such examination, screening, test, report, or certification in any case where the attending, covering, or resident physician, attending advanced practice nurse, or county medical examiner is aware that a valid claim for benefits is likely to exist.