CONTACTS: Patricia McGinnis, Executive Director, CANHRpatm@canhr.org (415) 974-5171 Anthony Chicotel, Senior Staff Attorney, CANHRtony@canhr.org (415) 974-5171 Governor Newsom Signs Five of Six Nursing Home PROTECT Plan Reform Bills Berkeley, CA – This week Governor Newsom signed into law five out of six reform bills that respond to the tragic conditions nursing home residents face in California and the growing public awareness during the pandemic that residents are often being neglected, abused, mistreated and exploited.
For the first time in over a decade, the legislature has passed multiple major nursing home reform bills and Governor Newsom is weighing whether to sign them. Please help support better nursing home care by writing to the governor and urging him to sign SB 650, AB 849 and AB 279. SB 650 (Stern), the Corporate Transparency in Elder Care Act, is co-sponsored by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, SEIU, and AARP and would require nursing homes to account for public funds that corporate chains are increasingly diverting from resident care through shadowy side transactions with related parties.
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.
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.
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.
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.