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Lawmakers listen to testimony at a hearing about reorganizing the state's oversight of mental health and addiction services on July 25, 2017. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Lawmakers listen to testimony at a hearing about reorganizing the state's oversight of mental health and addiction services on July 25, 2017. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Legislature to block Christie’s addiction services reorganization

The Senate will schedule a vote to prevent Gov. Chris Christie from shifting oversight of addiction and mental-health services to the Department of Health.

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Governor Chris Christie speaks to a joint session of legislators regarding the budget and government shutdown while in the Senate Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Gov. Chris Christie speaks to a joint session of legislators regarding the government shutdown in Trenton, N.J. on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Will Horizon changes that held up budget have much impact?

In the end, changes at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield enacted as part of the budget bargain were less sweeping than Gov. Chris Christie or the Senate hoped.

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Horizon meeting leads to new legislation and optimism

Legislative staffers are writing a new bill that could break the logjam holding up passage of the state budget, following meetings Monday at the Statehouse.

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Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon talks with EMS officials near the Statehouse. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon talks with EMS officials near the Statehouse. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Next tool in NJ’s opioid overdose fight could be tracking EMS data

NJ may start requiring EMS providers to report each encounter with a patient, so officials can track, analyze and improve response to medical emergencies.

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Could abuse-deterrent pills help stop NJ’s heroin epidemic?

Advocates say yes, but not everyone is convinced.

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Donald Trump stands on stage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory
Donald Trump stands on stage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Dems say Christie should lobby Trump against health-care replacement

Votes in Congress on replacing the Affordable Care Act are imminent. A report says the plan could cost a half-million New Jerseyans health coverage by 2020.

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A push to expand coverage for addiction treatment in New Jersey

What a new law will require insurance companies to do for addicts.

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Should every high school student in NJ be screened for drugs?

The chairman of the state Senate Health Committee, Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, believes the answer to that question is yes.

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Democrats say repeal of Obamacare could wreak havoc on NJ’s budget

Democrats say a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, combined with a shift to a block grant, could cost New Jersey $1 billion and cut people from the Medicaid program.

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Members of the New Jersey Home Bakers Association hold a rally and news conference at the Statehouse. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Members of the New Jersey Home Bakers Association hold a rally and news conference at the Statehouse. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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No justice, no pies? NJ bakers rally for right to sell home-baked pastries

Cake and cookie bakers hoping to start selling pastries from their home kitchens say a state law prohibiting them from doing that is unfair.

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