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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 for updated details on legislation, and 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: Senate Human Services Committee hearing is on 6/10/2019.
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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: Assembly Judicial Committee hearing is on 6/4/2019.
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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: Read first time in the Senate. As of 5/29/2019, the bill is awaiting assignment by Senate Rules Committee.
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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: Read second time, amended, and re-referred back to Senate Health Committee on 6/3/2019.
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AB 715 (Arambula) – Medi-Cal: End the Senior Penalty
This bill would ensure that seniors are treated fairly and can afford to access medical care. The bill would decrease the number of low-income seniors losing free Medi-Cal by increasing the Medi-Cal income eligibility limit for seniors to 138% of the federal poverty level, an amount equivalent to other Medi-Cal income levels for younger adults.
Status: Read first time in the Senate. As of 5/29/2019, awaiting assignment by Senate Rules 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: Read first time in the Senate. As of 5/30/2019, awaiting assignment by Senate Rules Committee.
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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: Read first time in the Senate. As of 5/30/2019, awaiting assignment by Senate Rules Committee.
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AB 1695 (Carrillo) – Changes in Nursing Home Ownership
This SEIU-sponsored bill would require individuals and entities seeking to acquire or manage a skilled nursing facility (SNF) to obtain prior approval from the Department of Public Health. It would also require SNFs to give residents and their representatives written notice at least 90 days in advance before the sale or transfer of operations of a facility.
Status: Read first time in the Senate. As of 5/30/2019, awaiting assignment by Senate Rules Committee.

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: Read first time in the Assembly. As of 5/24/2019, held at desk.
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SB 440 (Pan) - Cognitive Impairment Safety Net System Task Force
This bill would convene a task force to study and assess the need for a cognitive impairment safety net system, which could bring some long-range thinking and cohesion to the way we support Californians with cognitive impairment.
Status: As of 5/16/2019, held in Appropriations Committee and under submission.
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CANHR Oppose

AB 999 (Patterson) – Disability Access: Statutory Damages
AB 999 is an erosion of mandated public accommodation protections for disabled adults.  This bill would change the definition of what constitutes an exempted small business from one that employs twenty-five employees to fifty employees.  This substantial change will interfere with thousands of handicapped individuals’ ability to access facilities.
Status: Hearing canceled at the request of author on 3/21/2019.
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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: Referred to Senate Health Committee on 5/29/2019.
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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: Senate Health Committee.
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AB 683 (Carillo) – Medi-Cal: Eligibility
This bill increases and simplifies the asset eligibility limit for Medi-Cal and eliminates those limits for Medicare Savings Programs, which makes Medicare more affordable.
Status: Hearing postponed by Assembly Health Committee on 5/16/2019.
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