AB-2546 Fact Sheet

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on residents of long-term care facilities. In addition to virus-caused sickness and death, residents have suffered severe loss from government-imposed visitation lockouts that separated residents from their families, friends, and other essential support persons. AB 2546 gives every resident of a nursing home or assisted living facility the right to in-person, onsite, and unscheduled access to a minimum of two resident-designated support persons during any public health emergency in which residents’ normal visitation rights are curtailed. 

OPPOSE SB-1320

This bill would eliminate consumer protections for everyone who purchased life insurance prior to January 1, 2013, and would disproportionately impact seniors and the disabled for whom the existing laws were designed to protect.  These existing protections seek to address the historical problem of life insurance policies of elders and the disabled lapsing due to cognitive impairment, infirmity, or death. 

AB 1809 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. Your support letter can be uploaded using the Position Letter Portal at https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/. You will have to create an account if you do not already have one.  Assemblymember Jim WoodChair, Assembly Health CommitteeAssembly Health Committee1020 N Street, Room 390Sacramento, California 95814 sent via CA Legislature Position Letter Portal RE: AB 1809 (Aguiar-Curry) – Support Dear Chairperson Wood: I write to you in support of AB 1809, a very important bill to protect nursing facility residents from the excessive use of psychotropic drugs. 

AB-1663 Fact Sheet

Background: The Britney Spears conservatorship case exposed deep flaws within California’s probate conservatorship system – demonstrating how easily people can become trapped in a conservatorship and how difficult it is to escape. People with disabilities and older adults are often caught in the pipeline to conservatorship, a system that strips them of basic civil rights and their ability to advocate for themselves.

Support AB-1809: Chairperson Wood

Despite dangerous side effects, condemnation by care providers, and a decade-long national and state campaign to reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in nursing homes, over half of California nursing home residents are being given psychotropic drugs, typically without informed consent. AB 1809 would codify and expand existing informed consent rules to ensure nursing home residents are given important information about drugs that are prescribed for them and an opportunity to consent or withhold consent.

SB-1323 Fact Sheet

California’s foreclosure process legitimizes the large-scale extraction of billions of dollars of wealth from low-income communities. When a homeowner can’t pay back their mortgage loan, the lender often sells the property at an auction, takes back the loan’s remaining balance, and the homeowner receives any surplus funds from the sale. As properties at auction sell for far below value, the defaulted homeowner often loses tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of accrued home equity.

California Nursing Home Industry Seeks to Cash-In on Pandemic Tragedies

Raising the wages of nursing home caregivers is smart. Trusting nursing homes with even more hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars is dumb. On March 2, 2022, the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) – a trade group representing nursing home operators – announced a legislative proposal for California to fund a living wage for certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

2021 California Legislation

CANHR has supported, opposed, and/or closely followed the below pieces of legislation this session. Please check www.canhrlegislation.com for updated details on legislation, and www.leginfo.ca.gov for information on specific bills.  CANHR Sponsored Bills  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 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: Ordered to the inactive file. Read the Bill Read CANHR Oppose Unless Amended Letter Read CANHR’s Letter of Continued Opposition

OPPOSE AB-499 CONTINUED

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.

Support AB-1663: Assembly Committee on Judiciary

The Britney Spears conservatorship case exposed deep flaws within California’s probate conservatorship system – demonstrating how easily people can become trapped in a conservatorship and how difficult it is to escape. People with disabilities and older adults are often caught in the pipeline to conservatorship, a system that strips them of basic civil rights and their ability to advocate for themselves.

AB 1663 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. Your support letter can be uploaded using the Position Letter Portal at https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/. You will have to create an account if you do not already have one. 

California moves to toughen state’s nursing home oversight

This article is related to AB 1502, Sponsored by CANHR By Don Thompson, AP News, January 31 2022 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday moved to strengthen the state’s oversight of nursing homes, barring anyone from operating a skilled nursing facility without a license. Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi said his bill would give the California Department of Public Health stronger authority to block unqualified and unethical owners by shutting down what he said is an increasing number of for-profit nursing home chains operating unlicensed nursing homes.

Bill Ending ‘Zombie Licenses’ for Nursing Homes Moves Forward in California Legislature

This article is related to AB 1502, Sponsored by CANHR By JW August, Times of San Diego, January 27 2022 If you want to drive a car in California you need a driver’s license. In San Diego County all dogs must be licensed.  But if you own a nursing home, you can buy another home or chain of facilities, and no license is required.  Unlike a driver who is in multiple accidents or an animal that’s attacked someone, there are no rules when it comes to the purchase or sale of nursing homes, no matter how ugly the track record of the firm buying or selling a nursing home.

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. Your support letter can be uploaded using the Position Letter Portal at https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/. You will have to create an account if you do not already have one.  Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair Assembly Appropriations Committee 1021 O Street, Suite 8220 Sacramento, CA 95814  RE: AB 1502 (Muratsuchi and Wood) – Support Dear Chairperson Holden:  I urge you and the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee to support AB 1502 (Muratsuchi), The Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2022.

CANHR Editorial December 2021 – Will the Legislature Finally Say “No More” to Unscrupulous Nursing Home Owners?

In early January, Californians will get a first look at whether state legislators have found the will and independence to prevent corrupt nursing home operators from buying up facilities throughout the state. That is when the Assembly Health Committee will hear AB 1502 (Muratsuchi), the CANHR sponsored bill to reform nursing home ownership in California. The stakes are high for current and future nursing home residents in California.