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2016 California Legislation

CANHR is sponsoring or co-sponsoring the following bills for the 2016 legislative session.

Review the fact sheets and find sample letters of support below for each bill.


Governor Brown signed SB 833 which includes major changes to the Medi-Cal Recovery program!

California’s budget bill, passed yesterday by the California Legislature, incorporated the provisions of SB 33 and includes the most comprehensive Medi-Cal Reform measures since 1993.

  • No recovery on the estates of surviving spouses
  • Recovery limited to only that required by federal law, i.e., for those 55+ years of age, nursing home facility, home and community based services, etc. or any age if person “permanently institutionalized."
  • Waiver of claim for homesteads of modest value
  • The “Estate” from which the state can recover will be limited to the probate estate - thus, living trusts, joint tenancies, etc. will not be subject to recovery
  • Interest on liens will be limited
  • Those who could be subject to recovery can receive an itemized billing once a year for a $5 fee.
  • The new provisions are effective for those who die on or after January 1, 2017

CANHR co-sponsored SB 33 with Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Western Center, Senator Hernandez, the author, and his staff, Scott Bain, are to be congratulated - for their resolve to help low income communities and prevent the destabilization of these communities.

And thanks to all of you who advocated and sent letters of support. It been a long time coming, but we did it.


SB 924 (Roth): Insurance: Annuity Transactions
Under existing law insurance companies must comply with specific requirements regarding the purchase, exchange, or replacement of an annuity recommended to a senior consumer. This bill would add the requirement that an insurance company ascertain whether the purchase of an annuity is connected to an attempt to qualify for a government benefit. If a senior is trying to qualify for a government benefit, then the insurance company must determine whether or not it is a suitable transaction.
Status:  Passed Assembly Appropriations Committee and ordered to consent calendar.
Read the Factsheet
Read the Bill


SB 938 (Jackson): Ensuring Appropriate Care for Conservatees with Dementia
This bill would help ensure appropriate care for people with dementia who are conserved. It requires greater detail from a conservatee’s treating health care provider to demonstrate that a proposed psychotropic drug prescription is appropriate and the least intrusive treatment before a court can approve the use of psychotropic drugs for a conservatee with dementia.
Status: Assembly Appropriations.
Read the Factsheet and Sample Letter
Read the Bill

SB 1065 (Monning): Dismissal or denial of petitions to compel arbitration: appeals.
This bill will help elders who are sick and dying and have received a trial preference in an elder abuse case to get their day in court quickly, rather than being delayed by an appellate process that can take three years or more.
Status: Passed Assembly Judiciary.
Read the bill
Read the factsheet

CANHR Support

AB 1797 (Lackey): In-Home Supportive Services: Application
This bill would improve the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) application process by requiring that individuals applying electronically receive a confirmation number and require the county to process an application within 30 days.
Status: Hearing in Senate Appropriations on August 1st.


AB 2231 (Calderon): Care facilities: civil penalties 
This bill would improve the penalty system in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs). In 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 2236, which increased civil penalties for incidents resulting in death or serious bodily injury of residents.  However, AB 2236 did not address penalties for the myriad of other injuries and violations that harm residents in RCFEs. This bill would increase the amount of civil penalties imposed for a licensing violation under those provisions, and would impose civil penalties for repeat violations.
Status: Hearing in Senate Appropriatons on August 1st.
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AB 2394 (Garcia): Medi-Cal: Nonmedical transportation
This bill would clarify that nonmedical transportation is a benefit for all beneficiaries under the Medi-Cal program. Currently, the benefit is only offered to children on Medi-Cal and to Cal MediConnect beneficiaries.
Status: Hearing in Senate Appropriatons on August 1st.
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SB 939 (Monning): CCRC Refunds
This bill would require the continuing care retirement facility to pay the full lump-sum payment that is conditioned upon resale of a unit to the resident within 14 days after resale of the unit and would require the CCRC, for contracts signed after January 1, 2016, to pay at least 20% of the full lump-sum payment to the resident within 120 days after a formerly occupied unit has been vacated. Among other provisions, the bill would require the facility to make the lump-sum payment to the resident’s estate if the resident is deceased.
Status: In Senate. Concurrence on Assembly Amendments pending.
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AB 2104 (Dababneh) : Public Financing of For-Profit Nursing Home Chains
This bill would make low-cost financing and loan guarantees available to for-profit nursing homes through the California Health Facilities Financing Authority Fund and the Health Facility Construction Loan Insurance Fund. These actions would betray the mission of these programs to help nonprofit and public health facilities reduce their cost of capital and would enable the expansion of for-profit nursing home chains that are providing poor quality of care to their residents.
Status: Dead.
Read the Bill
Download the sample letter


SB 929 (Vidak): Compensation for Guardians and Conservators
This bill would eliminate one of the very few remaining financial disincentives for filing for conservatorship in California, by permitting compensation to third parties who neither want nor will take a role in the conservatorship.  
Status: Dead.


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