UPDATE: 8/30/2014. It's the LAW. Signed by the Governor. Becomes effective 7/1/2015.
UPDATE: 6/14/2014. On 5/15/14 AB 1523 received the full support of the Assembly, with a vote of 77 ayes to 0 nays. The bill moved on to the Senate's Human Services Committee where it was passed through on consent. CARR is proud to have worked with Speaker Tony Atkins Office to create a common-sense piece of legislation that has received bipartisan support. AB 1523 was voted out of Assembly Appropriations Committee with unanimous support as well.
In its report, 6Beds Inc., a group of small home providers, expressed concern that the additional cost of mandatory liability insurance will 'force small facilities to close their doors and subsequently leave seniors with reduced care options'.
As sponsor of AB 1523, CARR conducted research on the implications of mandatory liability insurance; chief among them, the issue of affordability. The results of CARR's research are shown in Table I, showing that the average monthly cost to a small, 6-bed facility is approximately $50 per month per resident.
CARR's advocates Chrisy Selder and Chris Murphy trekked to Sacramento to attend the 11 February 2014 oversight hearings called by Joint Chairs of the Human Services Committee: Senator Yee and Assemblyman Stone. The legislators heard from 13 hand-picked individuals across the spectrum of stakeholders.
The genesis of these hearings was a direct result of two events: the constellation of investigative reports ("Deadly Neglect") on assisted living in San Diego published by the UTSanDiego on 9 September 2013, and the October bungled closure of a Castro Valley RCFE where CCL closed the facility but did not provide for the care or relocation of the residents; 48 hours after being abandoned by the licensee and the regulators, 19 residents were found still living in the facility, unattended and in squalor.
CARR recently testified before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in support of Chairwoman Jacob and Supervisor Cox’s initiatives to improve the local RCFE industry. CARR also participated in the press conference called by Chairwoman Jacob and District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis to show our support for the creation of an elder abuse task force within the District Attorney's office. Read Chrisy and Chris' words of support: