SUPPORT AB-279!

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi’s bill to prevent involuntary discharges during the pandemic Please support AB 279 (Muratsuchi), sponsored by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, which would prohibit certain long term care resident evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill will be heard on April 13th, so it is important to submit your letters of support no later than noon on April 7th.

PROTECT PLAN

For the first time in years, nursing home residents have a group of legislative champions fighting together for better care. This morning, these champions – Senator Stern and Assemblymembers Muratsuchi, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Nazarian, and Reyes – held a press conference announcing a transformational package of bills to improve nursing home oversight, financial transparency, accountability, and ultimately enhance care for all residents.

AB-1502 Sample Support Letter

If submitting electronically, please copy the text below, and we encourage you to add your personal stories and perspective to it. If submitting by mail you can DOWNLOAD A WORD FILE to edit and print out. Assembly Member Jim Wood, Chair Assembly Health Committee State Capitol, Room 6005 Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: AB 1502 (Muratsuchi) – Support Dear Chairman Wood: I urge you and the members of the Assembly Health Committee to support AB 1502 (Muratsuchi), The Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2021.

AB-6 Support

The facilities with the worst COVID-19 outbreaks are by and large those with long histories of deficient infection prevention and control, and chronic understaffing. While no facility may have anticipated a pandemic of this magnitude, those that were particularly ill-equipped have fared the worst during this pandemic. AB 6 (Levine) would require Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) to mandate health and safety guidelines for use by skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities and congregate living health facilities that are providing postacute care during a pandemic, public health crisis or other emergency.

Huge nursing home chain discharged patients improperly, California prosecutors allege

This article is related to Assembly Bill 279 and Senate Bill 650, both Sponsored by CANHR. By Richard Winton, Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, March 15 2021 California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, pictured during a Sept. 5 news conference, is part of the lawsuit against Brookdale Senior Living Inc.(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) A coalition of California prosecutors has sued the nation’s largest senior living operator, alleging it ignored laws that protect patients when they are discharged from skilled nursing facilities and that it exaggerated the level of care to the federal government’s nursing home rating system.

Watchdog groups laud proposals to improve nursing home care and call for other changes

This article is related to SB 650 (Stern), sponsored by CANHR. By Rachel Baldauf, The Washington Post, March 9 2021 Legislative action targets infection control and financial transparency Patient advocacy groups are praising two proposals by state and federal lawmakers aimed at improving infection-control protocols and financial transparency in nursing homes, struck by a crushing stretch of deaths since the start of the pandemic.

AB-1502 Fact Sheet

The Problem: Residents’ lives are endangered because California allows unfit and unscrupulous operators to acquire and operate skilled nursing facilities. Operators no longer need a license to own or run nursing homes in California. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) allows chain operators to acquire and operate skilled nursing facilities without prior approval and permits them to continue operating facilities after denying licenses due to findings that they are unfit.

AB-279 Sample Support Letter

If submitting electronically, please copy the text below, and we encourage you to add your personal stories and perspective to it. If submitting by mail you can DOWNLOAD A WORD FILE to edit and print out. Assembly Member Jim Wood, ChairAssembly Health CommitteeState Capitol, Room 6005Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: AB 279 (Muratsuchi) – Support Dear Chairman Wood: I urge you and the members of the Assembly Health Committee to support AB 279 (Muratsuchi), The ICF and SNF Resident Protection Act of 2021.

AB-279 Fact Sheet

 Assemblyman Muratsuchi’s bill would prohibit the owner of an ICF or SNF from involuntarily transferring a resident to another facility, during any declared state of emergency relating to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), except if the owner files for bankruptcy. For up to a year after this expiration, facilities would be required to provide six months of advance notice of any planned closure. 

AB-279 Support (Assembly)

As the sponsor of AB 279, we are writing in strong support of this vital bill, which ensures that residents of skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and Intermediate Care Facilities (“ICFs”) are not subject to forced transfer to new facilities during a period when COVID-19 pandemic visitation guidelines prevent them and their families from entering and inspecting their proposed new homes before transfer to ensure that they are safe.

SB 650 (Stern)

Skilled Nursing Facility Taxpayer Dollar Transparency Not Getting Our Money’s Worth Californians are paying more for nursing home care, for fewer residents, than ever before and we are not getting our money’s worth.  Despite spending nearly six billion dollars a year, complaints against facilities are at record highs and the care provided is often abysmal.  Nursing homes are using complex ownership structures to siphon their revenue to “related parties,” allowing corporate home offices to hide their profits and support facilities’ claims for yet more public money.  As public spending on nursing homes grows, so do shadowy side transactions between corporate nursing home chains and related parties.  Payments to related parties grew by 66 percent from fiscal years 2007 through 2015 and now exceed $1 billion annually.  Other vast sums of money are paid to associated companies that are not considered related parties because of loopholes in the law.

2020 California Legislation

CANHR is supporting, opposing and/or closely following the following pieces of legislation this session. This list is subject to change. Please check www.canhr.org for updated details on legislation, and www.leginfo.ca.gov for information on specific bills. CANHR Sponsored Bills AB 2408 (Grayson) – Reverse Mortgage Suitability Worksheet Bill This legislation will improve the existing Reverse Mortgage Suitability Worksheet by addressing additional areas of concern: problems for the non-borrowing spouse, communication problems with loan servicers, and property tax problems due to home improvement contracts.