SB 398 (Durazo) - P&A Access Authority
Updates state law implementing federal Protection and Advocacy access and investigation authority to reflect federal regulatory changes. Specifies P&A authority applies to immigrant detention centers.
AB 715 (Arambula) - Medi-Cal Aged and Disabled Program
Increases the Medi-Cal Aged and Disabled (A&D) Program Income Level to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The eligibility standard has not been adjusted since the program’s 2001 creation while the eligibility standard for other Medi-Cal programs has to the current 138%. The current income level forces people in the A&D program to pay into Medi-Cal if they want coverage. There will also be a companion budget proposal submitted to the budget committees. It is cosponsored by Western Center on Law and Poverty and Justice in Aging.
AB 1042 (Wood) - Home Upkeep Allowance
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.
AB 1088 (Wood) - Stabilizing Medi-Cal Share-of-Cost for Individuals Enrolled in Both Medi-Cal and Medicare
Helps prevent loss of Medi-Cal coverage for seniors and persons with disabilities who are also enrolled in Medicare when the state begins paying their Medicare Part B premiums. Currently, some people experience months of on-again/off-again eligibility for Medi-Cal without a share-of-cost if their income fluctuates. This bill helps stabilize eligibility to avoid the “flipping” or “yo-yo” effect. It is co-sponsored by Justice in Aging and Western Center on Law and Poverty. There will also be a companion budget proposal submitted to the budget committees.
AB 46 (Carrillo) - Destigmatizing Mental Health Terms
Removes dehumanizing language from California law that perpetuates stigma and discrimination against people with mental health disabilities. Specifically, this bill updates sections of California law to reflect people-first terminology used to promote the dignity of all Californians experiencing mental health challenges. By updating sections of California law with language that speaks to the person first and their mental health challenges second, AB 46 will promote greater understanding and acceptance of the possibility of successful treatment and recovery. This is a follow-up to AB 1847 (Chesbro), a 2014 bill sponsored by DRC that updated numerous code references to delete stigmatizing terms.
AB 365 (Garcia) - Limited Examination and Appointment Program for Civil Service Hiring of Persons with Disabilities
Currently extends the effective date of existing law which specifies that the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) for persons with disabilities. It is intended that the bill will be amended to implement a series of recommendations from a 2015 report by the Department of Rehabilitation, CalHR, and the State Personnel Board to increase the number of persons with disabilities employed in state civil service.
AB 506 (Kalra) - Nursing Home Oversight
Updates citation penalties and standards for negligent care to safeguard nursing home and long-term care residents. Building on a 2018 state audit report and DRC-sponsored legislation from last session, AB 1335 (Kalra), the bill increases citation amounts, requires an annual inflation adjustment, and requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to issue a separate citation for each resident harmed. The bill also improves DPH enforcement ability by replacing the confusing causation standard for “AA” citations from “direct proximate cause” to the “substantial factor” test.