AB 1042 (Wood)
Increases the Medi-Cal home upkeep allowance (HUA) to help a person living in a nursing home maintain and return to their own home and establishes a transitional needs fund for individuals who do not have a home. Many individuals who qualify for the HUA are not aware of it, and the amount ($209 per month) has not increased in decades. This results in people staying in a nursing facility indefinitely because they are unable to transition back into their home and community. Money in the fund may be used, by individuals leaving a long term care facility, to cover the costs of securing a home, including rent, security deposit, accessibility modifications and essential furnishings. There will also be a companion budget proposal submitted to the budget committees.