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2014 California Legislation



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CANHR Sponsored

SB 894 (Corbett) RCFE Suspension/Revocation of Licenses (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would strengthen and clarify the obligations of the Department of Social Services and the licensee when a license is suspended or revoked and would create timelines for the safe relocation of residents when a facility’s license has been suspended or revoked.
Status: Senate Judiciary, April 22, 2014

SB 895 (Corbett) Inspections/evaluations of RCFEs (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would require Community Care Licensing to conduct unannounced, comprehensive inspections of all residential care facilities for the elderly at least annually and as often as necessary to ensure the quality of care provided.
Status:  Senate Appropriations, April 28, 2014

SB 911 (Block) Training and qualifications of RCFE staff (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would increase the qualifications and training requirements for RCFE administrators and staff and require facilities who accept and retain residents with restricted or prohibited health conditions to employ trained medical personnel on a full or part-time basis as appropriate.
Status:  Senate Appropriations April 28, 2014

SB 1153 (Leno) Ban on Admissions (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would create new penalties for non-compliance, including authorizing the Department of Social Services to suspend the admission of new residents in facilities where there is a substantial probability of harm.
Senate Appropriations Committee, April 28, 2014

SB 1382 (Block):  Increase in RCFE Fees (Text of bill)
This bill increases the initial and annual licensing fees for RCFEs by 30% for every sized facility and makes legislative findings that it is imperative that DSS be given adequate resources to support its mandate to provide consumer protection.
Status: On the Senate Floor.

AB 1554 (Skinner) Responding to Consumer Complaints (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would require the Department to start and complete complaint investigations in a timely manner, give complainants written notice of findings and provide complainants an opportunity to appeal.  
Status
Passed Assembly Human Services, April 8, 2014. 
Will be heard in Assembly Aging Committee, April 22, 2014

AB 1571 (Eggman) Consumer Information System (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would require the Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing to establish an on-line RCFE Consumer Information system to include specified updated and accurate license, ownership, survey, complaint and enforcement information on every licensed RCFE in California with components to be phased in over a five (5) year period ending June 30, 2019.  This bill also would require complete disclosure of ownership and prior ownership of any type of facility, including nursing facilities, and any similar entity in other states, including history of compliance or non-compliance and require cross check with DPH.
Status:  Assembly Human Services, April 29, 2014

AB 1572 (Eggman) Resident & Family Councils (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would amend current laws to enhance the rights of resident councils and family
councils in RCFEs.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee on Aging

AB 2044 (Rodriguez):  RCFE Staffing Requirements (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would require an administrator or facility manager to be on premises 24/7, and for sufficient staff to be on premises 24/7 to carry out required responsibilities.  This bill would require at least one staff member with CPR and first aid training to be on premises at all times.  This bill would also require staff to be trained on building and fire safety and responding to emergencies.
Status: Assembly Human Services Committee, April 29, 2014.

AB 2171 (Wieckowski) Statutory Bill of Rights (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would create a statutory, comprehensive, modern bill of rights for residents of RCFEs and give the Attorney General, residents, or the public the right to seek injunctive relief to stop violations of residents’ rights.
Status:  Assembly Aging Committee, April 22, 2014

AB 2236 (Stone and Mainschein) Increased Penalties for Violations (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would increase civil penalties against RCFEs for violations of laws and regulations from the current maximum of $150. The fines would vary the minimum and maximum penalties, depending on the seriousness of the violation.  SB 1218 would also establish the Emergency Resident Relocation Fund, and require 50% of the revenue from the civil penalties to be deposited into the Fund for relocation and care of residents when a facility’s license is revoked or suspended.
Status: Assembly Human Services Committee, April 29, 2014.


Co-Sponsored Bill dealing with RCFEs – not part of RCFE Reform Act of 2014

SB 1124 (Hernandez) Medi-Cal Recovery (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would limit Medi-Cal recovery for those who are 55+ years of age to only what is required by federal law, and eliminate optional recovery for other services; eliminate recovery on surviving spouses’ estates; and restrict recovery amounts to benefits paid for services actually received or the capitated monthly rate, whichever is less.
StatusSenate Appropriations Committee, April 28, 2014


CANHR Support

AB 1700 (Medina): Elder Financial Abuse
This bill would prohibit a lender from taking a reverse mortgage application or assessing any fees until the suitability counseling is provided. 
Status:  Assembly Banking & Finance, April 21, 2014

AB 1751 (Bloom): Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
This bill would require CCRCs to provide detailed financial statements to resident associations at least quarterly, expand resident representation on CCRC governing boards, and delete authority allowing CCRCs to exclude resident representatives from governing body executive sessions and from receiving certain information.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, date TBA.

AB 1816 (Yamada): Nursing Home Complaint Investigations
This bill would require the California Department of Public Health to complete investigations of nursing home complaints within 40 working days of receipt, with certain exceptions.
Status: Assembly Appropriations, TBA.

AB 2025 (Dickinson): Increasing the Income Level for Aged and Disabled Medi-Cal
This bill would raise the income level of the Aged and Disabled Medi-Cal program (A&D program) to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level, currently set at 124% of FPL.  Many low-income beneficiaries are currently required to spend all of their monthly income, minus $600, on healthcare before Medi-Cal coverage kicks in.
Status: Assembly Appropriations, date TBA.

AB 2162 (Fox): Sprinkler systems in RCFEs
This bill would require sprinkler systems in RCFEs and ARFs with six (6) or fewer beds.
Status: Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, April 30, 2014.

AB 2603 (Perez): Access to Medications
This bill would clarify current law so that those trying to help an infirm family member or friend will not inadvertently break the law by picking up or transporting a prescription that is not in their name.
Status: Assembly Public Safety Committee, date TBA.

AB 2623 (Pan): Elder Abuse
This bill would require that elder abuse training provided to local law enforcement include additional subjects relating to legal rights and remedies available to victims of elder abuse; require elder abuse training to be updated every two years; and require first responder police officers to be provided with a card containing, among other information, the local number of APS.
Status: Assembly Aging, April 22, 2014.

Of Interest

AB 1436 (Waldron): Consumer Information
This bill would require DSS to post inspection reports and plans of correction for RCFEs on a consumer web site.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, date TBA
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AB 1454 (Calderon): Annual Inspections
This bill would require annual inspections of RCFEs and other community care facilities.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, date TBA.

AB 1570 (Chesbro): Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
This bill would strengthen certification requirements for RCFE administrators and increase training requirements for direct care staff. It would also extend and expand certain dementia care training requirements to all RCFEs rather than just those that advertise or promote special dementia care.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, date TBA.

AB 1899 (Brown): Community Care Facilities
This bill would make a person ineligible for licensure to operate a community care facility if they had a previous license revoked for abandonment of a facility. It also would require the Department of Social Services to establish and maintain a telephone hotline and internet website to take complaints from the public regarding community care facilities.
Status: Assembly Human Services Committee, April 22, 2014.

AB 1974 (Quirk): Therapy Services in Nursing Homes
This bill would amend California law to exclude therapy services from the definition of "special services." This change may undermine the authority of longstanding California regulations governing therapy services in nursing homes.
Status: Assembly Health Committee, date TBA.

 

For details on specific bills, go to:  www.leginfo.ca.gov


 

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