California moves to toughen state’s nursing home oversight

This article is related to AB 1502, Sponsored by CANHR By Don Thompson, AP News, January 31 2022 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday moved to strengthen the state’s oversight of nursing homes, barring anyone from operating a skilled nursing facility without a license. Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi said his bill would give the California Department of Public Health stronger authority to block unqualified and unethical owners by shutting down what he said is an increasing number of for-profit nursing home chains operating unlicensed nursing homes.

Bill Ending ‘Zombie Licenses’ for Nursing Homes Moves Forward in California Legislature

This article is related to AB 1502, Sponsored by CANHR By JW August, Times of San Diego, January 27 2022 If you want to drive a car in California you need a driver’s license. In San Diego County all dogs must be licensed.  But if you own a nursing home, you can buy another home or chain of facilities, and no license is required.  Unlike a driver who is in multiple accidents or an animal that’s attacked someone, there are no rules when it comes to the purchase or sale of nursing homes, no matter how ugly the track record of the firm buying or selling a nursing home.

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. Your support letter can be uploaded using the Position Letter Portal at You will have to create an account if you do not already have one.  Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair Assembly Appropriations Committee 1021 O Street, Suite 8220 Sacramento, CA 95814  RE: AB 1502 (Muratsuchi and Wood) – Support Dear Chairperson Holden:  I urge you and the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee to support AB 1502 (Muratsuchi), The Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2022.