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6Beds, Inc. Priority Bills

AB 2926 (Calderon) — Referral agencies for RCFEs: Oppose unless amended.

Enacts disclosure requirements for referral agencies designed to make their practices more transparent to consumers. Since the Bill is sponsored by A Place for Mom, it lacks two important provisions: (1) It does not require disclosures before a referral has already been committed to and (2) It does not allow a recipient of referral services to terminate a contract at any time and use another agency. We asked for those amendments. Bill has passed the Assembly. We will continue to oppose in Senate. Supported by California Assisted Living Association as at least some reform.

AB 1796 (Levine) — Bars hiring of employee until criminal background clearances are received from both CA Department of Justice and FBI: Oppose.

This will cause sometimes significant delay in hiring in some cases. Bill passed the Assembly. We will continue opposing in Senate.

SB 1259 (Hurtado) — Would require Department of Social Services to do report on how to meet the housing and care needs of SSI/SSP recipients: Support. Awaiting action in Senate Appropriations.

SB 1264 (Hurtado) — Extend RCFE emergency and disaster plan requirements to ARFs: Support. Awaiting action in Senate Appropriations.

AB 2024 (Holden) — Increased provider rates for certain DDS vendors to reflect increase in state minimum wage: Support. Defeated by being held on Assembly Appropriations suspense file (budget pressures).

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6Beds 2019 Legislative Priorities

6Beds, Inc. is dedicated to provide a safe, affordable and comfortable environment for California seniors and adults with disabilities. We work to educate legislators, local elected officials, key opinion leaders and the public about the critical role six-bed facilities play our state’s healthcare structure. We also work to advocate for commonsense legislation that protects seniors and adults with disabilities so our facilities can continue providing the level of safe and affordable care our customers expect.  Be sure to attend Advocacy Day on April 10  and have your voices heard on these issues.  

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6 Beds 2019 Legislative Priorities

SPONSORED BILL:

AB 447 (Patterson & Wiener)—Criminal Record Clearances

Allows all employees of commonly owned facilities to have their criminal record clearances assigned to one location (known as a central administrative facility), so long as one person is responsible for knowing each employee’s location.   Allows flexible movement of workers among facilities and protects residents while saving both the owner and the state the administrative hassle of transferring the clearance.   Avoids unfair fines if the state fails to register a transfer immediately.

STRONG SUPPORT:

AB 50 (Kalra)—Phased expansion of the Assisted Living Waiver program to 18,500 slots and more counties.  This Medi-Cal program is an alternative to skilled nursing care for many current and prospective nursing home residents—saving the state money and offering frail seniors a home-like setting.

SB 512 (Pan)—Would establish the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Board (LTSS Board) to finance LTSS for eligible individuals, the first step in possible public funding of assisted living services.

AB 1766 (Bloom)—potential use of funds for mentally ill for ARF and RCFE support.

Budget items for Community Care Licensing and the Long Term Care Ombudsman program

BILL OF CONCERN:

AB 1796 (Levine)—Concerned that requirement to wait for FBI as well as state DOJ clearance will unduly delay the ability to fill staffing vacancies.

MONITORING:

AB 367 (Flora)—Adds willful and unlawful use of personal identifying information to list of crimes for which persons could be barred from working at RCFEs.

AB 737 (Eggman)—Clarifies that applications for licensure of RCFEs can be made by individuals or by entities and agents signing on behalf of entities.

SB 172 (Portantino)—relates to storage of firearms in RCFEs but will not apply to RCFEs declaring a no-weapon policy.

SB 314 (Dodd)—Adds abandonment to the definition of elder abuse for which attorney’s fees may be awarded in an action for damages.