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Madden Bill To Create ‘New Jersey Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force’ Gets Final Legislative Approval From The Senate

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden which would establish the “New Jersey Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force” was unanimously approved today by the full Senate.

“Screening and early detection are key in the fight against kidney disease,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “As we work to make New Jersey a healthier place, it is important that residents are aware of preventative measures as well as the necessary steps to take if diagnosed with kidney disease. This task force would help to create a plan to increase public education and awareness about the benefits of early, cost-effective kidney screening, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic kidney disease.”

Senator Madden’s measure, S-1342, would establish the “New Jersey Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force” within the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The 14-member task force would include the Director of the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health in DHSS; six licensed physicians, including two nephrologists; a representative of the National Kidney Foundation; and one person with chronic kidney disease.

The task force would be required to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature no later than 12 months after its initial meeting.

This measure was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on June 15, 2009. It now heads to Governor Corzine’s desk, where his signature would make it State law.