State Health Department Cites Laguna Honda for Deadly Resident Evictions

CDPH Issues Lowest Level Citations for Evictions It Forced Laguna Honda to Make San Francisco – On December 20, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a dozen Class B citations to San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Nursing Home for the evictions of residents that led to at least eleven deaths.  Class B citations are the lowest class of fine issued by CDPH to skilled nursing facilities and come with a $3,000 fine, a mere slap on the wrist for repeated and lethal acts of elder abuse.

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

Berkeley, CA – This week Governor Newsom signed into law five out of six 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.

CMS Restores Tougher Penalties for Nursing Home Violations

Berkeley, CA – After a  lawsuit filed in January 18, 2021 by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) and the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) challenging CMS’s 2017 policy limiting the types of civil money penalties (CMPs) that can be imposed against nursing facilities, CMS has reversed course and announced plans to impose much stiffer penalties for nursing facility violations.

Advocacy groups call on Congress to End Mandatory Medicaid Estate Recovery

Several advocacy organizations, including Justice in Aging, Western Center on Law & Poverty, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, are calling on Congress to end mandatory estate recovery for Medicaid beneficiaries.  A white paper, released today, notes that Medicaid estate recovery perpetuates poverty and inequality for very little in return.

Governor Newsom Vetoes Bill Requiring Skilled Nursing Facilities to Keep Residents Safe During Power Outages

San Francisco, CA – On September 25, Governor Newsom vetoed SB 1207, a critically important bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson that would have required skilled nursing facilities to have an alternative source of power to protect resident health and safety and maintain safe temperatures for at least 96 hours during any type of power outage.

Restoration of Visitation Rights

San Francisco, CA – California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) will host a press conference at 11:00 A.M. (PST) on Monday, June 29, 2020 via Zoom to announce a June 30th Day of Action for restoring visitation rights for long term care facility residents who have not seen their family members the past three months.

BUDGET CUTS AND COVID – A DEATH SENTENCE FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS AND THE DISABLED

San Francisco, CA – California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform will hold a press conference at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 via Zoom to announce their opposition to proposed cuts in home and community based services, and the reinstitution of draconian Medi-Cal recovery policies.

Video Recording of CANHR’s Press Conference Regarding Advocate Opposition to Nursing Home Industry’s Attempt to Seek Immunity From Elder Abuse

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform held a press conference via Zoom at 11:30 am on Monday, April 20, 2020 to announce their opposition to a proposed executive order sought by health care providers making them immune from claims arising from even dangerous and reckless conduct in treating patients with COVID-19.

Advocates Oppose Nursing Home Industry’s Attempt to  Seek Immunity From Elder Abuse Through Backroom Deal with Governor

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform will hold a press conference at 11:30 am on Monday, April 20, 2020 via Zoom to announce their opposition to a proposed executive order sought by health care providers making them immune from claims arising from even dangerous and reckless conduct in treating patients with COVID-19.

California Declares War on Nursing Home Residents

State Orders Nursing Homes to Admit COVID-19 patients After weeks of warning Californians about the deadly threat the coronavirus poses to nursing home residents, the State of California has now ordered California nursing home operators to bring the virus into their facilities, knowing full well it is likely to kill many residents.