Essential Caregivers Act Introduced in Congress

A bipartisan, bicameral group of Congresspeople have introduced bills to allow Essential Caregivers, defined as an individual designated by or on behalf of the resident, who will provide assistance to the resident, “access to long-term facilities to provide assistance with activities of daily living, as appropriate, or to provide emotional support and companionship to a resident during any period [public health emergency] in which regular visitation is restricted.”  The House bill number is H.R.

State Monitor Slams Pacifica’s CCRCs’ Operations

A monitor appointed by the state Attorney General (A.G.) has issued a scathing report about life at two Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) that were taken over by Pacifica Companies, a prominent owner of California nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  The takeover required A.G.

New Consumer Voice Podcast Focuses on Nursing Home Reform

CANHR Senior Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel was featured in a new episode of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Pursuing Quality Care podcast, titled, “Advocating for Better Nursing Home Laws and Regulations.” Along with Pam Walz, Supervising Attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, Tony discussed how the pandemic and its devastating impact on nursing home residents has resulted in many states passing new laws or creating new regulations regarding a variety of areas, including staffing, transparency, and the nursing home workforce.

Federal Legislation Introduced to Stop Medicaid Recovery

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) recently introduced the Stop Unfair Medicaid Recoveries Act, which would repeal the federal requirement that state Medicaid programs go after families and estates for repayment of Medicaid long-term care services.  CANHR has been a vocal advocate in the effort to eliminate recovery for beneficiaries of long term care services under California’s Medi-Cal program, and was one of the sponsors of legislation that changed California’s Recovery rules in 2017, severely limiting the State’s ability to recoup funds from the estates of deceased Medi-Cal beneficiaries.