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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.

The pandemic has brought tragedy and death to nursing home residents throughout California and exposed severe problems in the State’s oversight of these facilities. One of the gravest dangers to residents is from the ownership and operation of skilled nursing facilities by unsuitable, unapproved, and unaccountable persons and entities. No factor has more impact on the quality of care in a nursing home than its owner.

Operators are continuing to own or run nursing homes in California without proper licensure.

Nursing home chain operators have acquired and are operating skilled nursing facilities without obtaining licenses and approvals from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), yet CDPH allows them to continue operating facilities even after denying licenses due to findings that they are unfit. Anyone is able to buy and operate nursing homes in California, no matter how terrible their performance history may be.

AB 1502 will bring overdue reforms that will give CDPH strong authority to disqualify unfit applicants, set suitability standards for operators, require prior approval to operate a skilled nursing facility, close licensure loopholes, give the public an opportunity to comment on pending change-of-ownership applications, and sanction non-compliant operators.  All of these functions can be performed without costs to the State. AB 1502’s clear standards for completing and approving license applications will improve the efficiency of our change of ownership process and will save lives and money by blocking unfit operators from taking over nursing homes,

Please vote “yes” on AB 1502.

Sincerely,

Your name

cc:       Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

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