Keep Seniors in Nursing Homes Safe: AB279

by johnk Wednesday, Mar. 03, 2021 at 6:29 AM

Support this bill that would prevent nursing homes from transferring patients to another facility.

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Call your CA State legislators to support AB279! Send thank you’s to Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and Miguel Santiago. Find your reps here:

“Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health to license, inspect, and regulate intermediate care facilities (ICF) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Existing law generally requires an ICF or SNF to comply with certain procedures and disclosures when transferring ownership or management of the facility, as specified. Existing law imposes criminal penalties on a person who violates the requirements imposed on these facilities.

This bill would prohibit the owner of an ICF or SNF from ceasing to deliver or making significant changes to the nature of residential care services, or from transferring a resident to another facility, during any declared state of emergency relating to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), except if the owner files for bankruptcy. The bill would require, upon termination of the same type of state of emergency, the owner of an ICF or SNF to issue a 6-month advance notice of any proposed sale or termination of the licensed operation of the facility to each resident before the sale or termination goes into effect. The bill would also prohibit during the same type of state of emergency, any changes in all conditions for the sale of assets imposed by the Attorney General, except if the owner of an ICF or SNF files for bankruptcy. By expanding the requirements and prohibitions imposed on a licensee of ICF or SNF, the failure to comply with would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2026.”

The Backstory, and Opinion

This bill is mainly focused at a company, Pacifica, that wishes to transfer patients from one facility to another, to make an attempt to convert a property into market rate housing.

They want to do this during a pandemic. The specific situation is transferring residents from a building that has seen no COVID-19 cases, to a facility that has seen the highest rate of COVID-19 death in the state of California.

To do this during a pandemic is wrong on so many levels.

Thank you Assy. Santiago and Muratsuchi.

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