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.

AB 714 ( Maienschein)

AB 714 ( Maienschein) would  require health facilities, including skilled nursing facilities, to report communicable disease data to the department, patients or residents of the health facility, and their representatives and family members. It would also require the department to post data relating to the total number of disease-related deaths and suspected disease-related deaths reported from the health facilities on its website on a weekly basis.

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.

SB 664 (Allen) Hospice Moratorium

This bill responds to a remarkable investigation and series of articles by the Los Angeles Times on audacious, widespread fraud by hospices in Los Angeles County, which has seen explosive growth of for-profit hospices that has given it the highest concentration of hospices in the nation. SB 664 would impose a qualified moratorium on the issuance of new hospice licenses until 365 days after the California State Auditor publishes a report on hospice licensure or when it is repealed on January 1, 2027, whichever is soonest.

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.

SB 769 (Becker): Housing, pilot program, rental vouchers, skilled nursing facility patients

This bill would create a pilot program, from January 1, 2023, to January 1, 2026, that would require the department to implement, upon appropriation by the Legislature, a program to provide housing rental-related subsidies to skilled nursing facility patients who, but for a lack of housing, would be discharged from the facility. Read the Bill

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.