Senate Health Committee clears several bills

The Senate Health Committee cleared several bills today:

* The committee cleared S3045, which would establish a so-called “Yellow Dot” program in the Division of Aging and Community Service in the Department of Health and Senior Services which would be open to any person over the age of 55. The “Yellow Dot” program would provide critical health information about individuals involved in motor vehicle emergencies who were unable to communicate with emergency responders.

DACS would design a yellow decal that program participants would affix to their vehicles, a health information form that program participants would complete and update with pertinent health information, and a yellow envelope into which the health information form and a recent photograph would be placed and then put in the glove compartment.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Richard Codey, (D-27), Essex.

* The committee released SJR76, sponsored by Sens. Diane Allen, (R-7), Edgewater Park and Anthony Bucco, (R-25), Denville, which designates May as “Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month.”

* The committee advanced S2984, which requires health care facilities to annually offer influenza vaccination to their health care workers.

Among other things, the bill sponsored by Sens. Joe Vitale, (D-19), Middlesex, and Jim Whelan, (D-2), Atlantic City, would have each health care facility establish an annual influenza vaccination program.

Critics of the bill said it amounts to government micro-management that will drive up the costs of business.

But bill supporters said there is a significant cost and public health risk associated with the flu.

* And the panel held S3037, which would require hospitals to implement a Methicillin-resistant Staph infection prevention program in all units of a hospital with the exception of inpatient psychiatric units.

Senate Health Committee clears several bills