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FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Naloxone Nasal Spray, Narcan

Published: Mar 30, 2023
Today, March 29, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Narcan, a brand of naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray manufactured by Opiant Pharmaceuticals, for over-the-counter (OTC), nonprescription use. As stated in an FDA release, "Naloxone is a medication that rapidl...

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Healthcare Costs, Written Comment Accepted through Apr. 6th

Published: Mar 28, 2023
March 28, 2023 On Thursday March 23, 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, held a hearing on healthcare costs "to examine how inflation and high health care costs have impacted patients, small businesses, and independent medical p...

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Students with Disabilities

Published: Mar 27, 2023
March 27, 2023 On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the United States Supreme Court ruled on the case of Luna Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools, determining that the Perez family could sue for damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), related to the school providing an inadequate ...

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Establishing Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund

Published: Mar 23, 2023
March 23, 2023 On Friday, March 17, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law S783, which establishes the Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund, as well as requirements for proceeds from opioid settlements to support substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs. As sta...

Pres. Biden Unveils Plan to Lower Prescription Costs, Levying Inflation Penalties on Drugmakers

Published: Mar 20, 2023
March 20, 2023 On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, President Joe Biden delivered remarks on his Administration's plan to lower prescription drug costs. Among the efforts highlighted by President Biden is the Medicare Prescription Drug Inflation Rebate Program, which enforces inflation p...

NJ Utility Bill Moratorium Ended; DCA Encourages Residents to Apply for Assistance Programs

Published: Mar 16, 2023
March 16, 2023 The Winter Termination Program has prevented electric, gas, and water utility companies from shutting off New Jersey residents' utilities due to nonpayment since November 2022. That moratorium officially ended on March 15, 2023, potentially exposing many New Jerseyans t...

President Biden Releases his Blueprint for the FY2024 Federal Budget

Published: Mar 13, 2023
March 13, 2023 Yesterday, President Joe Biden released his blueprint for the federal FY2024 budget. The White House said it was based on four key goals: "To invest in America, lower costs for families, protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security, and reduce the deficit". ...

Senate and Assembly Committees Set Public Hearings on FY24 State Budget; Next One March 14th

Published: Mar 9, 2023
March 9, 2023 The New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will host an in-person public hearing as part of its budget review process on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET, at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Trustees Pavilion, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah...

NJDOH Launches New Overdose Hotspot Outreach Initiative

Published: Mar 7, 2023
March 7, 2023 The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), in response to growing racial disparities in overdose deaths, is launching a new overdose hotspot outreach initiative, prioritizing areas of the state with high disparities and high rates of overdose among Black residents. ...

NJAMHAA Testifies at NJ Senate Education Committee Hearing on Teen Mental Health

Published: Mar 6, 2023
March 6, 2023 On March 2, 2023, the New Jersey Senate Education Committee held a hearing on student and teen mental health in response to much commentary on the issue following the highly publicized death by suicide last month of 14-year-old Adriana Kuch and a rise in teen suicide rat...

DEA Announces Proposed Rules for Permanent Telemedicine Flexibilities

Published: Feb 28, 2023
February 28, 2023 Last week, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced proposed permanent rules for the prescribing of medications via telemedicine, expanding patient access to critical therapies beyond the scheduled end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency....

DHS Highlights SNAP Benefits, Investments in the ARRIVE Program, Disabilities Services

Published: Feb 27, 2023
February 27, 2023 The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) has published its February 2023 newsletter, highlighting a number of important stories and initiatives. Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...
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