July 2022

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New Factsheet for Medi-Cal Asset Limit Increased July 01, 2022

California increased the asset limits for certain Medi-Cal programs.

June 2022

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Tell CMS to Establish a Minimum Staffing Standard for Nursing Homes

On April 15, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making that includes requests for information regarding the implementation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes.

May 2022

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New Online Tool to Get Started Applying For SSI

The Social Security Administration has released a new online tool for individuals who want to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

April 2022

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White House Announces Reform Plan to Crack Down on Nursing Home Bad Actors

On February 28, 2022, the White House announced plans for far-reaching reforms to improve the safety and quality of nursing home care, establish and enforce a federal minimum staffing requirement, fight inappropriate drugging of residents, strengthen emergency preparedness standards, integrate pandemic lessons into requirements, hold poor performing nursing homes and chains accountable, and improve public information on nursing home ownership and quality.  The bold statement took direct aim at the nursing home industry, acknowledging widespread failures by nursing homes to comply with federal standards and the need “to crack down on bad actors.” Decisive action is needed now, it states, or unacceptable conditions may get worse.  CANHR applauds the Biden Administration for standing up so strongly for nursing home residents and is excited to work with it to make a real difference in residents’ lives.

February 2022

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Biggest Nursing Home Bill in a Generation Heads to the State Senate

CANHR-sponsored Assembly Bill 1502 (Muratsuchi and Wood) was passed by the state Assembly on January 31 and is headed to the state Senate!  AB 1502 will end the longstanding problem of zombie nursing home licenses, where nursing homes are operated by unsuitable, unapproved, and unaccountable persons and entities while the actual licensee is long gone from the scene.  The bill is opposed by the nursing home industry and is sure to face a battle in the Senate.  Be ready for alerts about how you can help support the most important nursing home reform bill in decades.

November 2021

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Governor Newsom Signs Five of Six Nursing Home PROTECT Plan Reform Bills

In early October the Governor signed into law 5 out of 6 reform bills that respond to the tragic conditions nursing home residents face in California and the growing public awareness during the pandemic that residents are often being neglected, abused, mistreated and exploited.

October 2021

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California Legislature to Take Up Nursing Home Oversight on October 5

On Tuesday, October 5 at 1:30 PM, the California Assembly Health Committee is holding an informational hearing on state oversight of nursing homes.

September 2021

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Please send letters urging Governor Newsom to sign AB279 into law

Residents of skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities throughout the State came one step closer to a reprieve on August 31, when AB 279 was enrolled in the state legislature.  

August 2021

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New State Vaccination Rule for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

The State of California has taken an important step to safeguard the wellbeing of residents of long term care by mandating that virtually all facilities providing care in congregate settings take steps to ensure that their workers are vaccinated.

November / December 2020

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CANHR Participating in the Community Advisory Vaccine Committee

CANHR has been asked to serve on the Community Advisory Vaccine Committee in its efforts to ensure the #COVID19 vaccine implementation is guided by the need for vaccine safety, equitable distribution, and transparency.