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2018 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 for updated details on legislation, and for information on specific bills.

CANHR Sponsored Bills

AB 3211 (Kalra) Advance Health Care Directives
This bill updates California’s statutory Advanced Healthcare Directive to simplify the choices related to organ donation and encourage a more complete explanation of the principal’s preferences. In addition, the bill increases the likelihood that adults who wish to make an anatomical gift are given the opportunity to do so. Nearly 23,000 Californians are awaiting lifesaving organ transplants – the revised AHCD in AB 3211 provides an excellent opportunity to better identify organ donors and give them a better chance of expressing and effectuating their wishes.
Status: Senate - Second reading.
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CANHR Support

AB 1785 (Nazarian) – Medi-Cal Eligibility: Assets
This bill would exclude the principal and interest of a 529-college savings plan from consideration for purposes of a resources test to determine eligibility for Medi-Cal benefits.
Status: Senate - Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
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AB 2233 (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 revising the provider reimbursement methodology. The ALW gives seniors and persons with disabilities the choice to receive Medi-Cal services in an assisted living facility or public subsidized housing, rather than a nursing home.
Status: Senate - Hearing in Appropriations committee on 8/6/2018.
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AB 2430 (Arambula) – Medi-Cal: Program for Aged and Disabled Persons
This bill would instead require, upon receipt of federal approval, all countable income over 100% of the federal poverty level, up to 138% of the federal poverty level, to be disregarded.
Status: Senate - Referred to Appropriations committee suspense file.
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SB 1152 (Hernandez) – Hospital Patient Discharge Process: Homeless Patients
This bill would require those health facilities to include within the hospital discharge policy, a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and process, as specified.
Status: Assembly: Passed Health committee and referred to Appropriations committee.
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AB 2324 (Rubio) – Public Shaming of Elder and Dependent Adults
This bill would raise the income level of the Aged and Disabled Medi-Cal program (A&D program) to 138% Federal Poverty Level (FPL), creating parity between senior and disabled Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and other adult Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
Status: Died in Committee.
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CANHR Oppose

AB 2850 (Rubio): Nursing assistant training programs: Online and distance learning
This bill would undermine training requirements for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) by weakening qualifications for CNA instructors and allowing all classroom training to be provided online. It would sacrifice training standards for no good reason.
Status: Senate - Hearing in Appropriations on 8/6/2018.
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AB 2033 (Choi) - CCRC Repayable Contracts.  Yet another attempt to make detrimental changes to the laws governing Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in California by changing the definition of “repayable contracts,” this bill is clearly intended to pave the way for Erickson Living – not even an operator in the CCRC industry in California – to avoid and weaken current statutory requirements regarding Continuing Care Retirement Communities in California.
Status: Died in Committee.
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AB 3004 (Kiley) – Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds 
This bill would prematurely delete the sunset provision for the Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (TOD).
Status: Died in Committee.
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SB 1336 (Morrell) – Public Health: End of Life Option Act 
The End of Life Option Act authorizes an adult who has been determined to be suffering from a terminal disease to make a request for an aid-in-dying drug. SB 1336 would dilute the End of Life Option Act by creating additional barriers for terminally ill patients attempting to access this treatment.
Status: Died in Committee.
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AB 1953 (Wood): Related party transactions by skilled nursing facilities
This bill would require nursing homes to submit profit and loss statements for related parties to the State under certain circumstances. Its purpose is to detect when nursing home chains are siphoning off money intended for care by diverting it to companies they own or control.
Status: Senate - Hearing in Appropriations committee on 8/6/2018.
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AB 3098 (Friedman) RCFE Emergency Plans
This is an assisted living industry sponsored bill that would make modest changes to requirements for emergency preparedness in RCFEs. CANHR is recommending stronger protections.
Status: Senate - Third reading.
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Federal Proposed Laws

H.R. 1215 – OPPOSE
Congress is considering a bill that will effectively end California’s 20-plus year civil protection system for victims of elder abuse or neglect perpetrated by health care providers. While California already has a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages – the centerpiece of H.R. 1215 - elder and dependent adult abuse cases are rightfully exempt. H.R. 1215 would end this critical exemption. H.R. 1215 inoculates an entire class of professionals and the health care industry from being held liable when their actions fall below, even far below, the acceptable standards or when they intentionally hurt a patient.
Status: Refreed to Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Page Last Modified: July 23, 2018