Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk has had 111 bills enacted into law since being sworn into the New Jersey General Assembly on February 2, 1991. Many of these new laws directly protect the health of our citizens. She chaired the Assembly Health Committee from 1995 until 2002 and sponsored the Health Care Quality Act which has been hailed as one of the strongest patient protection laws in the United States. Currently, she is a member of the Assembly Financial Institutions and Banking Committee and the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee.
Assemblywoman Vandervalk sponsored two laws to promote wider access to cardiac defibrillators. She sponsored the Work First New Jersey program which reformed our state’s welfare laws, and the Child Support Act which establishes a unified collection system for child support payments. Her Mental Health Parity Act requires all insurance carriers to provide mental health benefits under the same terms and conditions as they do for other illnesses.
Through her work on the New Jersey Working Group to Improve Clinical Outcomes in Cancer Patients, an historic agreement was reached in which health insurers voluntarily agreed to cover all costs of routine care for patients receiving treatment in all phases of approved cancer clinical trials.
Assemblywoman Vandervalk was also the chairwoman of the Commission for the Study of Pain Management Policy which developed 19 recommendations to ease the lives of those people with acute, chronic, or end-of-life pain. Through her sponsorship, these recommendations resulted in four new laws.
The Assemblywoman has served for 16 years as a member of the Board of Friendship House, a mental health/vocational rehabilitation facility, and has been president for the last 3 years. She was the founding chairwoman of the Bergen County Task Force on Women and Addictions.
In the late 1980’s, then-Freeholder Vandervalk negotiated the successful start of a reverse mortgage program through Boiling Springs Savings and Loan in Rutherford. This new offering to senior citizens, allowed them to continue living in their own homes when they become house-rich but cash-poor. It was the first such program in New Jersey.
Ms. Vandervalk is currently serving her seventh term in the Assembly. She was a councilwoman in Montvale from 1980 to 1985, and served as a Bergen County Freeholder from 1986 to March 1991 when she resigned to serve in the Assembly. Ms. Vandervalk and her husband, James, reside in Hillsdale and have four children and nine grandchildren.
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