SB 875 (Glazer): Referral Source for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

A repeat of AB 499 (Rubio) from 2022, vetoed by the Governor, this bill is again sponsored by “A Place for Mom,” a national, multi-million dollar referral agency. This bill seeks to amend California law governing referral agencies for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) to provide accountability, but instead weakens current standards of responsibility and creates unnecessary communication and compliance barriers.

AB 1537 (Wood): Direct Care Spending Requirement for Skilled Nursing Facilities

This bill would require, no later than July 1, 2024, the establishment of a direct patient-related services spending, reporting, and rebate requirement for skilled nursing facilities, with exceptions. Under the direct patient-related services spending requirement, the bill would require that a minimum of 85% of a facility’s total non-Medicare health revenues from all payer sources in each fiscal year be expended on residents’ direct patient-related services, as defined.

AB 1906 (Gipson): Persons With Disabilities: Terminology

This bill would change those terms in selected statutes to “person with a disability” and “adult with a disability” and would state the intent of the Legislature that those terms be changed in the remaining code sections provisions of law that use them as changes are made to the code those statutes are amended in the future.

AB 1911 (Gómez Reyes): RCFE Complaint Investigation Reforms

A bill to make the RCFE complaint process more timely and efficient. AB 1911 puts an end to Community Care Licensing’s (CCL) practice of informally screening complaints and not telling complainants their issue is not going to be investigated. The bill also imposes investigation deadlines for RCFE complaints that aligns with deadlines for nursing home complaint investigations, and requires written notice to the complainant when a complaint is received and assigned for investigation.

AB 2356 (Wallis): Increase Medi-Cal Personal Needs Allowance for Nursing Home Residents

Currently, nursing home residents on Medi-Cal must pay almost all their monthly income as a share of cost to their facility, and are only allowed to keep a $35 personal needs allowance. For most, this amount does not even allow them to pay for a cell phone bill, or purchase new clothing. This bill would increase the monthly maintenance amount for personal and incidental needs from $35 to $50, and would require that the amount be increased annually, as specified.

AB 2075 (Alvarez): Designated Support Person Access during Public Health Emergencies

This bill codifies recommendations made by the statewide Long-Term Care Facility Access Policy Workgroup to ensure long term care facility resident access to designated support persons and other critical service providers during public health emergencies.  Co-sponsored with the Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman. Status: N/A

SB 1354 (Wahab): Medi-Cal Discrimination

This bill prohibits long term care facilities from discriminating against Medi-Cal beneficiaries in any manner, including, but not limited to, admission practices, room selection and placement, meals provision and waiting time for surgical procedures. Long term care facilities often refuse to serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries or terminate their services when their payment source is switched to Medi-Cal.

AB 1309 Sample Support Letter – Governor

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 sent via email to leg.unit@gov.ca.gov Honorable Governor Gavin Newsom1021 O Street, Suite 9000Sacramento, California 95814 sent via email to leg.unit@gov.ca.gov RE: AB 1309 (Gómez Reyes) – Request for Signature Dear Governor Newsom: I write to you in support of AB 1309, a bill that would help curtail the epidemic of unsafe evictions from California nursing homes.

AB 979 Sample Support Letter – Governor

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 sent via email to leg.unit@gov.ca.gov Honorable Governor Gavin Newsom1021 O Street, Suite 9000Sacramento, California 95814 sent via email to leg.unit@gov.ca.gov RE: AB 979 (Alvarez) – Request for Signature Dear Governor Newsom: I write to you in support of AB 979, a bill that would facilitate the formation and maintenance of family councils in long term care facilities.  Family councils are critically important to supporting family members and residents and maintaining high quality care in long term care facilities.

AB 48 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.