Save Our Seniors Urges Department of Health to Reject Sakura ICF ‘Transition Plan’

This article is related to AB 279 (Muratsuchi), sponsored by CANHR. By Rafu Shimpo, Los Angeles Japanese Daily News The following letter was sent on April 5 to Cassie Dunham, acting deputy director of the California Department of Public Health, by Taiji Miyagawa and David Emiliano Zapata Maldonado, Ph.D. on behalf of the Save Our Seniors Network Coordinating Committee.

SB-650 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. Senator Richard Pan, ChairSenate Health Committee                                    State Capitol, Room 2191                                         Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: SB 650 (Stern) – Support Dear Senator Pan: I urge you and the members of the Senate Health Committee to support SB 650, a bill that will bring much-needed corporate transparency to public nursing home spending.

AB-849 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. Assemblymember Mark Stone, Chair           Assembly Judiciary Committee                                    1020 N Street, Room 104                                         Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: AB 849 (Gómez Reyes) – Support Dear Assemblymember Stone: I urge you and the members of the Senate Health Committee to support 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.

OPPOSE AB-499

AB 499 seeks to amend California law governing referral agencies for assisted living facilities (known in California as Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly or RCFEs) to provide accountability, but instead creates unnecessary communication and compliance barriers. Specifically, while the bill allows referral agencies to provide information to seniors about its services and fees verbally, it requires seniors to submit a written request if they want to receive such information in writing.

OPPOSE AB-1313

Since the outbreak of this horrible pandemic, CANHR has been inundated with calls from desperate and distraught family members about COVID-related illnesses and deaths and the substandard care their loved ones received in nursing homes. If enacted, AB 1313 would grant blanket immunity for COVID-related illness, injury, or death in all instances except where there was a grossly negligent act, or omission, willful or wanton misconduct, or unlawful discrimination by a business or an employee of the business.

AB 1136 (Rivas)

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has been pioneered by municipalities and counties in California as a way for property owners to finance voluntary energy and water efficiency and clean energy improvements. As with any program, problems exist, and recent trends have shown that with PACE loans, there is great potential for abusive lending practices and fraud, particularly for loans made to older and low-income homeowners.

Support AB-1136

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has been pioneered by municipalities and counties in California as a way for property owners to finance voluntary energy and water efficiency and clean energy improvements. As with any program, problems exist, and recent trends have shown that with PACE loans, there is great potential for abusive lending practices and fraud, particularly for loans made to older and low-income homeowners.

AB 874 Quirk-Silva

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has been pioneered by municipalities and counties in California as a way for property owners to finance voluntary energy and water efficiency and clean energy improvements. As with any program, problems exist, and recent trends have shown that with PACE loans, there is great potential for abusive lending practices and fraud, particularly for loans made to older and low-income homeowners.

Support AB-874

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has been pioneered by municipalities and counties in California as a way for property owners to finance voluntary energy and water efficiency and clean energy improvements. As with any program, problems exist, and recent trends have shown that with PACE loans, there is great potential for abusive lending practices and fraud, particularly for loans made to older and low-income homeowners.

AB 636 (Maienschein)

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.

Support AB-636

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.

SUPPORT AB-279!

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi’s bill to prevent involuntary discharges during the pandemic Please support AB 279 (Muratsuchi), sponsored by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, which would prohibit certain long term care resident evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill will be heard on April 13th, so it is important to submit your letters of support no later than noon on April 7th.

AB 714 ( Maienschein)

AB 714 ( Maienschein) would  require health facilities, including skilled nursing facilities, to report communicable disease data to the department, patients or residents of the health facility, and their representatives and family members. It would also require the department to post data relating to the total number of disease-related deaths and suspected disease-related deaths reported from the health facilities on its website on a weekly basis.

PROTECT PLAN

For the first time in years, nursing home residents have a group of legislative champions fighting together for better care. This morning, these champions – Senator Stern and Assemblymembers Muratsuchi, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Nazarian, and Reyes – held a press conference announcing a transformational package of bills to improve nursing home oversight, financial transparency, accountability, and ultimately enhance care for all residents.

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. Assembly Member Jim Wood, Chair Assembly Health Committee State Capitol, Room 6005 Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: AB 1502 (Muratsuchi) – Support Dear Chairman Wood: I urge you and the members of the Assembly Health Committee to support AB 1502 (Muratsuchi), The Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2021.