July 30th Frontline – Life and Death in Assisted Living

Coming July 30th, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate assisted living in America. In a major investigation with ProPublica, FRONTLINE will examine the operations of the nation’s largest assisted living company, raising questions about the drive for profits and fatal lapses in care.

Governor appoints Prescott Cole to the California Professional Fiduciaries Advisory Committee

CANHR is delighted to announce that Governor Jerry Brown has appointed CANHR Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole to the California Professional Fiduciaries Advisory Committee.  Prescott Cole’s training as an attorney and his interactions with countless seniors who have been financial abused has made him keenly aware of the needs for strong statutes, clear regulations, and vigorous oversight of those who control the assets of elder or disabled individuals.   As an Advisory Committee member Prescott will have the opportunity to contribute to the continued development of the professional fiduciary system in California.

Medi-Cal Recovery: Satisfying Legal Notification Requirements

You can notify the Department of Healthcare Services, Estate Recovery Unit of a Medi-Cal beneficiary’s death online. California law, under Probate Code §215, requires that, when a deceased person has received or may have received health care benefits or was the surviving spouse of a person who received such benefits, the estate attorney, the beneficiary of the estate, the personal representative or the person in possession of the property is required to notify the Director of the Department (at the Sacramento office of DHS) no later than 90 days after the person’s death.

HHS clarifies gay couples have nursing home visitation rights

Gay people living in nursing homes will have the same guaranteed access to their partners and spouses as gay patients in hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid, according to new guidance obtained Friday by the Washington Blade. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/06/28/hhs-clarifies-gay-couples-have-nursing-home-visitation-rights/