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2019 California Legislation


CANHR is supporting, opposing and/or closely following the following pieces of legislation this session. This list is subject to change. Please check www.canhr.org for updated details on legislation, and leginfo.legislature.ca.gov for information on specific bills.

CANHR Sponsored Bills


AB 737 (Eggman) – Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Licensing and Regulation
This bill improves the information available to the Department of Social Services' Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) when deciding whether to approve or deny an application to operate a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE).  Often, CCLD cannot identify the individuals who want to own or operate an RCFE, whether they have operated other facilities, and their operational or regulatory compliance history.
Status: Passed Human Services Committee and ordered to third reading.
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SB 314 (Dodd) – Elders and Dependent Adults: Abandonment
This would  add “abandonment of an elder or dependent adult” as a cause of action under the Elder and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act of the Welfare and Institutions Code (EADACPA).  Currently, EADACPA can only be used in instances where there has been physical abuse, neglect, or financial abuse.
Status: SIGNED INTO LAW!
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CANHR Support


AB 50 (Kalra) - Assisted Living Waiver 
This bill would improve the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) Program by increasing the number of participant slots, expanding the geographic service area, and requiring the state to state minimum wage increases are reflected in the provider reimbursement rate.
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee. Suspense file.
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AB 506 (Kalra) – Long Term Health Facilities
This bill greatly enhances the state nursing home enforcement system by: 1) increasing the penalties for state citations issued against nursing homes and indexing the penalties to inflation for future years, 2) requiring a citation be issued for each victim when more than one victim is affected, and 3) updating the criteria for AA citations (those that cause the death of a resident) from the old “direct proximate cause of death’ standard to the more clear “substantial factor” standard.
Status: Amended and re-referred to Appropriations Committee.
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AB 1042 (Wood) – Home Upkeep Allowance
Maintaining a residence outside of a nursing home is a major obstacle for Medi-Cal beneficiaries in nursing homes who want to return home. Under current law, beneficiaries are permitted to retain a Home Upkeep Allowance of $209 per month, and the rest of their income must be applied to Share of Cost for nursing home care. This bill would base the Home Upkeep Allowance on the actual cost of maintaining the home, up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level.
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee with recommendation: to consent calendar.
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AB 1088 (Wood) – Medi-Cal Eligibility
This bill would stop seniors and persons with disabilities from yo-yoing between free and Share of Cost Medi-Cal.
Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee with recommendation: to consent calendar.
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SB 214 (Dodd) – California Community Transitions Program
This bill would require California to continue to administer the California Community Transitions program under the federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration. If federal matching funds are unavailable, the bill would require the department to fund the program. 
Status: Passed Health Committee and referred to Appropriations Committee.
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CANHR Oppose


AB 1695 (Carrillo) – Changes in Nursing Home Ownership
This bill rolls out the welcome mat to the worst nursing home operators by creating a loophole-ridden provisional licensing system that gives permission to run a nursing home without a determination of fitness when the Department of Public Health misses a 90-day review deadline. AB 1695 undercuts its own purpose, further weakens the nursing home change of ownership approval process, drags down quality of care, and ultimately hurts residents.
Status: Amended and re-referred to Appropriations Committee.
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CLICK HERE to read CANHR’s opposition letter.
CLICK HERE to submit your own letter and urge the Appropriations Committee to vote no on the harmful AB 1695!

AB 1709 (Jones-Sawyer) – Nursing homes: Staff
This nursing home industry sponsored bill would modify qualifications for nursing home administrators by allowing administrators from other states to apply for licensure in California if they hold certification from the American College of Health Care Administrators even if they do not meet existing educational requirements in California. It would also make other changes to related requirements.
Status: Passed Health Committee and referred to Appropriations Committee.
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SB 40 (Weiner) – Conservatorship: Serious Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders
This bill would permit a temporary conservatorship process in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco counties without notice to the proposed conservatee or an opportunity to contest. SB 40 is clearly unconstitutional.
Status: Passed Judiciary Committee and referred to Appropriations Committee.
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