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. DATE Governor Gavin NewsomState Capitol, 1st FloorSacramento, CA 95814 sent via email to email@example.comDear Governor Newsom: I urge you to promptly sign AB 279 (Muratsuchi), the ICF and SNF Resident Protection Act of 2021.
Many residents of California skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and Intermediate Care Facilities (“ICFs”) face a terrible prospect in the ongoing COVID pandemic: involuntary transfer to new facilities, sight unseen, far from their families and support networks. AB 279 would prohibit the owner of an ICF or SNF from ceasing to deliver or making significant changes to residential care services, or from 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.
Since 1982, California nursing home residents have had a “private right of action” (the ability to sue) for violations of their rights. Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled that nursing homes that violate the rights of residents may only be held liable for $500 maximum, regardless of how many rights a facility violates and how egregious those violations are.
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. Governor Gavin NewsomState Capitol, 1st FloorSacramento, CA 95814 sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org RE: SB 650 (Stern) – Signature Requested Dear Governor Newsom: I am writing in support SB 650, a bill that will bring much-needed corporate transparency to public nursing home spending.
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. Governor Gavin NewsomState Capitol, 1st FloorSacramento, CA 95814 sent via email to email@example.com RE: AB 849 (Gómez Reyes) – Signature Requested Dear Governor Newsom: I urge you to sign AB 849, a bill that will restore a critical tool for protecting the rights and well-being of nursing home residents. Nursing home residents have been living a nightmare of isolation and death and they are in dire need of the private right of enforcement that was lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents whose rights are violated are now limited to $500 in damages, no matter how many or how egregious the violations. This creates an intolerable situation where harmful nursing home conduct becomes profitable. Health and Safety Code Section 1430(b) was enacted to protect and ensure the rights of people living in nursing homes. Last year, 1430(b) was dealt a devastating blow when the State Supreme Court ruled that the maximum damages available to residents / victims whose rights have been violated was $500, regardless of the severity or number of violations. As acknowledged by some of the Justices, the decision could not have come at a worse time for nursing home residents. Complaints against nursing homes are at an all-time high and the California Department of Public Health has never been less able to protect the rights and welfare of residents. Years of lax enforcement and the Supreme Court’s decision means there are virtually no repercussions for nursing homes that break the rules. AB 849 will deter harmful conduct in nursing homes and restore residents’ ability to seek damages for each violation they have suffered. The bill is an essential piece of the legislature’s 2021 PROTECT Plan, a package of bills aimed at reforming nursing homes to improve state oversight, financial transparency, accountability, and ultimately enhance care for all residents.
This bill enhances the state nursing home enforcement system by: 1) increasing the penalties for state citations issued against nursing homes to keep up with inflation and 2) updating the criteria for AA citations (those that cause the death of a resident) from the old “direct proximate cause of death’ standard to the more clear “substantial factor” standard used by courts.
Nursing homes investors are increasingly setting up “related party” businesses to avoid accountability and hide profits. AB 1042 would help counter that trend by establishing shared standards and liability for entities that have shared ownership and control. Specifically, the bill would make related parties liable for a nursing home’s unpaid State fees and fines. Status: On way to Governor’s desk.
This bill would prohibit a skilled nursing facility from contracting with a medical director if the person is not, or will not be within 5 years, certified by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine as a Certified Medical Director. Status: On way to Governor’s desk. (At Engrossing and Enrolling) Read the Bill Read CANHR Support Letter
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 unprecedented amounts of money to “related parties,” allowing corporate home offices to hide their profits and support facilities’ claims for yet more public money.