AB 2546 (Nazarian): Resident-Designated Support Persons Act

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.  AB 2546 also guarantees residents have the right to leave the facility on outings, so long as reasonable infection control precautions are taken.

AB 1900 (Arambula): Increase Maintenance Need Income Levels

The Medi-Cal share of cost program extends Medi-Cal eligibility to low-income older adults and people with disabilities who have significant health care needs but are just above the free Medi-Cal income limit. The share of cost program acts as a critical pathway to health care coverage, but outdated income limits force people to spend more than half of their income on health care needs every month.

AB 1663 (Maienschein): The Probate Conservatorship Reform and Supported Decision-Making Act

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.