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. Nursing homes now routinely infringe multiple rights of residents and simply send the victims $500 checks as a license to violate. Poor care is officially profitable. AB 849 will restore facility liability to up to $500 per violation, so that offending facilities have to answer for every breach of resident rights it commits.
Status: Signed by Gov. Newsom