SB 650 (Stern): Corporate Transparency in Elder Care Act of 2021

Californians are paying more for nursing home care, for fewer residents, than ever before and we are not getting our money’s worth. Despite spending nearly six billion dollars a year, complaints against facilities are at record highs and the care provided is often abysmal.  Nursing homes are using complex ownership structures to siphon unprecedented amounts of money to “related parties,” allowing corporate home offices to hide their profits and support facilities’ claims for yet more public money.

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.

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.

Support AB-1136

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has been pioneered by municipalities and counties in California as a way for property owners to finance voluntary energy and water efficiency and clean energy improvements. As with any program, problems exist, and recent trends have shown that with PACE loans, there is great potential for abusive lending practices and fraud, particularly for loans made to older and low-income homeowners.

Support AB-874

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has been pioneered by municipalities and counties in California as a way for property owners to finance voluntary energy and water efficiency and clean energy improvements. As with any program, problems exist, and recent trends have shown that with PACE loans, there is great potential for abusive lending practices and fraud, particularly for loans made to older and low-income homeowners.

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. Assembly Member Jim Wood, Chair Assembly Health Committee State Capitol, Room 6005 Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: AB 1502 (Muratsuchi) – Support Dear Chairman Wood: I urge you and the members of the Assembly Health Committee to support AB 1502 (Muratsuchi), The Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2021.