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: Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee on 7/13/21 Read the Bill Read CANHR Oppose Unless Amended Letter

Support H.R. 3733: New Federal Legislation to Protect Resident Visitation in Future Pandemics

On June 30, Congressmembers Claudia Tenney and John Larson introduced H.R. 3733, a bipartisan bill that would guarantee nursing home residents’ right to critical in-person support from up to two essential caregivers, even during a pandemic.  The essential caregivers are designated by the resident or the resident’s representative and would have up to 12 hours of access to the resident each day.  

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.

Support AB 279: Temporarily Halt Long Term Care Evictions During the Pandemic

Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s bill to temporarily halt evictions from nursing homes (SNFs) and intermediate care facilities (ICFs) during the pandemic state of emergency will soon face a vote on the Assembly floor—in the face of strong resistance from industry lobbyists. AB 279 would prohibit the owner of an ICF or SNF from involuntarily 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.

COVID-19 le arrebata la vida a uno de cada cuatro californianos en asilos

Este artículo está relacionado con todo el PROTECT Plan. Por: Araceli Martínez Ortega, La Opinión, 04 de Mayo 2021 Muchos adultos mayores perdieron la vida en los asilos de California debido a COVID. (Getty Images/AFP) Susana Hernández ha trabajado por 14 años como cocinera en un hogar para ancianos y personas discapacitadas en la ciudad de Davis, California.  “Al igual que mis compañeros, me contagié del virus y desafortunadamente lo llevé a mi casa e infecté a mi hija de 13 años y a mi hermano.

New reform measures target fraud, kickbacks in California’s end-of-life care industry

This article is related to SB 664, Supported by CANHR. By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, April 30 2021 A well-worn office building on Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys is home to more than a dozen hospice providers. Los Angeles County hospices have multiplied sixfold in the last decade and now account for more than half of the state’s roughly 1,200 Medicare-certified providers.

SB-648 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. DATE Senate Appropriations CommitteeState Capitol, Room 2206Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: SB 648 – Enriched Care Adult Residential Facility Pilot Program Dear Senator (name): The (organization name) is in support of SB 648 by Senator Hurtado to establish the Enriched Care Adult Residential Facility pilot program to promote the sustainability of essential residential care facilities that serve recipients who receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (SSI/SSP) benefits.  There is a diminishing supply of Adult Residential Facilities (ARFs) and Residential Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) that accept SSI/SSP recipients.  This loss of capacity has been attributed to the low SSI/SSP rate and increasing value of real estate, coupled with the other costs associated with operating 24-hour residential facilities.

AB-665 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. DATE The Honorable (insert title, name)State Capitol Building, Room 4140Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: AB 665- RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES for the ELDERLY: internet access Dear Assemblymember (name): On behalf of [NAME OF ORGANIZATION], I am writing in support of AB 665- Residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE): resident rights: internet access, which would require a RCFE with existing internet service to provide at least one common internet access tool.

AB-665 Fact Sheet

During the pandemic, residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) took necessary measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. This involved restricting physical contact and social interaction for their residents. However, these measures can cause residents to experience isolation and loneliness. This bill would require a facility with existing internet service to have available at least one internet access tool with videoconference technology.

OPPOSE AB-1243

If passed, AB 1243 will restrict the hearing of protective orders to either the probate or family courts. AB 1243 would prohibit the plaintiff’s attorney from seeking a protective order in civil, thus creating the procedural necessity of having to get before a probate or family court judge. If the financial abuse case is destined to be heard in civil court, having to go plead for a protective order in any court but the civil is not an efficient approach to justice.

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.