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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 www.canhr.org for updated details on legislation, and leginfo.legislature.ca.gov for information on specific bills.

CANHR Sponsored Bills


AB 3211 (Kalra) – Improved Organ Donor Choices in Advance 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.
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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: Hearing in Assembly Health Committee on 4/3/18
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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: Hearing in Assembly Health Committee on 4/3/18
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AB 2324 (Rubio) – Public Shaming of Elder and Dependent Adults
Given the recent media coverage of the widespread taking and sharing of pictures of naked nursing home residents, this bill clarifies that the taking, transmission, or dissemination of an image of an elder or dependent adult that degrades or humiliates them is abuse.
Status: Assembly Aging & LTC Committee
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AB 2430 (Arambula) – Medi-Cal: Program for Aged and Disabled Persons
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: Hearing in Assembly Health Committee on 4/3/18
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SB 1152 (Hernandez) – Hospital Patient Discharge Process: Homeless Patients
This bill addresses a practice known as “patient dumping,” and will help ensure that hospitals provide safe discharges for homeless patients.  It requires hospitals to develop written plans for coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients that take into account their unique medical and social service needs.
Status: Senate Health Committee
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CANHR Oppose


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: Assembly Aging & LTC
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AB 2850 (Rubio): Geriatric Medication Technicians in Nursing Homes
AB 2850 would establish “geriatric medication technician” as a subcategory of a certified nurse assistant (CNA), apparently to allow CNAs with this designation to administer medications in nursing homes. Currently only licensed nurses are allowed to administer medications in nursing homes. By diluting the qualifications of caregivers who administer medications and providing nursing homes an opportunity to replace licensed nurses with lesser-paid CNAs, AB 2850 would increase resident exposure to neglect and harm.
Status: Assembly Health 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). In 2016, AB 139 (Gatto) created the TOD as a simple way for individuals to transfer real property upon death. AB 139 also directed the Law Review Commission to study the impact of the TOD and make recommendations to the Legislature by 1/1/20. This bill attempts to delete the sunset provision prematurely, before the Commission has the opportunity to do its job. The Commission has already found numerous procedural problems with the TOD, along with concerns that TODs open up the possibility of an increase in financial elder abuse.
Status: Hearing in Assembly Judiciary Committee on 4/10/18
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SB 1336 (Morrell) – Public Health: End of Life Options 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 Options Act by creating additional barriers for terminally ill patients attempting to access this treatment.
Status: Senate Health Committee
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CANHR Watch


AB 1953 (Wood): Nursing Home Self-Dealing
This bill is intended to respond to the findings of a nearly completed audit by the State Auditor on self-dealing by nursing home chains. Chains are increasingly siphoning off public funds by doing business with companies they own or control at inflated rates. The looting of public funds leads to windfall profits, understaffed nursing homes and neglect. The bill’s language is preliminary pending the State Auditor’s recommendations.
Status: Assembly Health Committee
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AB 3098 (Friedman) RCFE Emergency Training
Sponsored by the assisted living industry, this bill is a very limited attempt to improve RCFE preparedness for emergencies by requiring periodic training and drills on emergency plans. It does not address any of the serious shortcomings in RCFE emergency plans that were exposed during the wildfires, mudslides and other natural disasters that struck California in the last year.
Status: Assembly Aging & LTC Committee
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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: Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Page Last Modified: April 9, 2018