AB-279 Support (Senate)

As the sponsor of AB 279, we are writing in strong support of this vital bill, which ensures that residents of skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and Intermediate Care Facilities (“ICFs”) are not subject to forced transfer to new facilities during a period when COVID-19 pandemic visitation guidelines prevent them and their families from entering and inspecting their proposed new homes before transfer to ensure that they are safe.

AB 499 (Rubio): Referral Source for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

This bill would require an RCFE referral agency to provide certain disclosures to seniors, and to maintain a minimum amount of liability coverage, but does not provide oversight or sufficient enforcement mechanisms. Status: Referred to Assembly Appropriations Suspense File   Read the Bill Read CANHR Oppose Unless Amended Letter

AB 6 (Levine): Health facilities: pandemics and emergencies

This bill would require the Department of Public Health and the Department of Social Services to establish health and safety guidelines for use by skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, and congregate living health facilities that are providing post-acute care during a pandemic, public health crisis, or other emergency. Status: Referred to Assembly Appropriations suspense file Read the Bill Read CANHR Support Letter

AB 323 (Kalra): Long-Term Health Facilities

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.

AB 447 (Grayson): California Consumer Financial Protection Law: annual report

This bill would require the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) to expand the reporting information related to newly covered individuals. who engage in offering financial products. CANHR believes that the additional information that AB 447 mandates is common sense and will increase consumer protection. Status: Passed Assembly and Ordered to Senate Read the Bill Read CANHR Support Letter

AB 636 (Maienschein): Financial Abuse of Elder or Dependent Adults

Currently, the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA) establishes procedures and requirements for reporting instances of known or suspected abuses or neglect of a California elder or dependent adult. Information relevant to the incident is to be given to specified investigators, including investigators from an adult protective services agency, a local law enforcement agency, and the probate court.

AB 665 (Garcia): Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Resident Rights: Internet Access

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 Assembly Appropriations Suspense File Read the Bill Download Fact Sheet Sample Support Letter

AB 749 (Nazarian): Skilled nursing facilities: medical director certification

25% of California’s COVID deaths have occurred in nursing homes. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with modest training for medical directors. Medical directors are physicians who lead the clinical care and help set the facility culture in nursing homes. Some facilities have medical directors who lack the qualifications for the job. 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.

AB 849 (Reyes): Restoring the Enforcement of Nursing Home Resident Rights

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.

SB 664 (Allen): Hospice Licensure: Moratorium on New Licenses

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.

AB 279 (Muratsuchi): Prohibiting Resident Eviction During the Pandemic

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.