A LeadingAge California-sponsored bill expanding skilled nursing facility (SNF) special services was heard in the Assembly Health Committee on March 29th.
Initially, AB 2341 (Lackey, R-Palmdale), would have allowed skilled nursing facilities to seek approval from the California Department of Public Health for licensure for special services other than those which are allowed under current law. At the request of the committee, AB 2341 was significantly scaled back to only allow for SNFs to provide dialysis, peritoneal services and intrusion therapy. The bill passed out of the committee 18-0.
LeadingAge California has expressed disappointment that AB 2341 was amended so significantly, yet we will continue to move forward on the bill to ensure that additional services may be provided for our residents. LeadingAge California will also continue to work with the Assembly Health Committee to address lingering concerns on allowing additional special services in SNFs. Our organization believes that would allow skilled nursing facilities to bring additional services into the community will provide greater access to a broader array of services and care coordination for community residents, particularly for those residents who require being transported out of the community to receive necessary health care services.
AB 2341 will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, though no hearing date has been set.