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.
This article is related to AB 279, Sponsored by CANHR. By Josie Huang, LAist, August 30, 2021 Tomiko Nakayama, 93, had hoped to stay at her senior home in Boyle Heights for the rest of her life. (Josie Huang/LAist) Tomiko Nakayama watched anxiously as the lunch crowd at her senior care facility for Japanese Americans rapidly thinned over the summer.
On August 11, Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Bob Casey, Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and several other senators introduced the Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act of 2021. The bill aims to increase transparency, accountability and oversight in nursing homes, improve staffing and support innovation in the structure and culture of nursing homes.
This bill would authorize information relevant to the incident of elder or dependent adult abuse to be given to a federal law enforcement agency. Status: Ordered to 3rd Reading Read the Bill Read CANHR Support Letter
This bill would amend the rights of residents of RCFEs, in those facilities with existing internet service, to add the right to have available at least one internet access tool with videoconference technology as part of the facility’s activity program. Status: Referred to Senate Appropriations Read the Bill Download Fact Sheet Sample Support Letter
This bill would extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented individuals who are 65 or older. Status: Passed Assembly Health and referred to Appropriations Read the Bill Read CANHR Support Letter
This bill would make the California Community Care Transitions Program permanent, and reduce the time needed for an applicant to be considered “institutionalized” to 60 days spent in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Status: Referred to Assembly Health Committee Read the Bill Read CANHR Support Letter
This bill would create the Office of the Patient Representative to train and oversee patient representatives to protect the rights of nursing home residents who allegedly lack capacity to make decisions and have no surrogate decisionmaker available. Status: This bill was ordered to the inactive file, but provisions were included in budget trailer bill language Read the Bill Read CANHR Support Letter
This bill would permit damages for a decedent’s pain, suffering, or disfigurement to be recovered in an action brought by the decedent’s personal representative or successor in interest. Status: Placed on Appropriations Suspense File Read the Bill
This bill was ordered to the inactive file, but the provisions were included in budget trailer bill language. The provisions would create a pilot program to permit certain adult residential facilities (ARFs) and residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) to be eligible to receive a stipend of $1,000 per month per resident on SSI. Status: Ordered to the inactive file Read the Bill Download Fact Sheet Sample Support Letter Read CANHR Support Letter
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.