California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) supports SB 460, conceptually, as a necessary bill to adopt constitutionally mandated protections and improve the health care decisionmaking process for unrepresented California nursing home residents.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is in strong support of AB 749, authored by Assemblyman Nazarian, relating to the qualifications of medical directors at skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes.
SB 650 requires nursing homes to file annual consolidated financial statements, showing exactly how they are spending their fund and how much, if any, is going to “related party” businesses they own or control.
The Problem: Residents’ lives are endangered because California allows unfit and unscrupulous operators to acquire and operate skilled nursing facilities. Operators no longer need a license to own or run nursing homes in California. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) allows chain operators to acquire and operate skilled nursing facilities without prior approval and permits them to continue operating facilities after denying licenses due to findings that they are unfit.
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, ChairAssembly Health CommitteeState Capitol, Room 6005Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: AB 279 (Muratsuchi) – Support Dear Chairman Wood: I urge you and the members of the Assembly Health Committee to support AB 279 (Muratsuchi), The ICF and SNF Resident Protection Act of 2021.
Assemblyman Muratsuchi’s bill 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. For up to a year after this expiration, facilities would be required to provide six months of advance notice of any planned closure.
As the sponsor of AB 279, we are writing in strong support of this vital bill, which ensures that residents of skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and Intermediate Care Facilities (“ICFs”) are not subject to forced transfer to new facilities during a period when COVID-19 pandemic visitation guidelines prevent them and their families from entering and inspecting their proposed new homes before transfer to ensure that they are safe.
Skilled Nursing Facility Taxpayer Dollar Transparency Not Getting Our Money’s Worth 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 their revenue to “related parties,” allowing corporate home offices to hide their profits and support facilities’ claims for yet more public money. As public spending on nursing homes grows, so do shadowy side transactions between corporate nursing home chains and related parties. Payments to related parties grew by 66 percent from fiscal years 2007 through 2015 and now exceed $1 billion annually. Other vast sums of money are paid to associated companies that are not considered related parties because of loopholes in the law.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is pleased to support SB 56 (Durazo), which would bring California one step closer to universal coverage by expanding full-scope Medi-Cal to income-eligible seniors ages 65+, regardless of immigration status.