Public Policy

Overview

Our expert policy team leads the charge to change public policy to address the crisis in LTSS funding, pushes for favorable legislation for affordable senior housing, and actively works to advance public policy to address the acute shortage of workers in the aging services field. 

LTSS

By leveraging our position, we continue to lead LTSS financing efforts, create a clearinghouse for LTSS information, and support CADA.

Affordable Housing

We work with the Department of Housing & Community Development and help ensure that low to moderate-income older adults receive their fair share of new housing dollars through member initiatives for existing and new developments.

Workforce

Through partnerships with associations, the California Future Health Workforce Commission, and others, we are spearheading a workforce package enabling recruitment and retention.


2019-2020 Legislative Session Highlights and Legislation

AFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING

Affordable Senior Housing SB 611 (Caballero) – Housing: Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities

LeadingAge California Position: Sponsored

Would establish the Master Plan for Aging Housing Task Force to make recommendations to the Legislature for legislation that will help increase the supply of affordable housing for older adults and reduce barriers to providing health care and social services to older adults in affordable housing.

 

Affordable Senior Housing SB 623 (Jackson) Multifamily Housing Program: Total Assistance Calculation

LeadingAge California Position: Sponsored

Seeks to modernize the older adult assistance calculation in the Multi-family Housing Program to help ensure that the supply of affordable housing for older adults is keeping pace with the demand.

Affordable Senior HousingAB 10 (Chiu) Income taxes: credits low-income housing: farmworker housing

LeadingAge California Position: Support

This bill would expand the state’s low-income housing tax credit program, allowing the state to leverage $1 billion in federal resources and create thousands of new affordable homes. The low-income housing tax credit program is a vital financing resource that our nonprofit developers rely on for the preservation and development of affordable senior housing. 

Affordable Senior HousingAB 816 (Quirk-Silva) California Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool Program

LeadingAge California Position: Support

Would establish the California Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool Program within the Department of Housing and Community Development for the purpose of making grants available to applicants, defined to include a city, county, city and county, or continuum of care, for eligible activities including, among other things, rental assistance, operating subsidies in new and existing affordable or supportive housing units, and specified outreach services. The bill would continuously appropriate $450M from the General Fund every fiscal year to the department for purposes of the program, and set forth how these funds must be allocated.

 

RESIDENTIAL CARE & HEALTH SERVICES

Residential Care AB 1709 (Jones-Sawyer) Nursing Homes: Staff

LeadingAge California Position: Sponsored

Current law provides for the certification of nurse assistants by the State Department of Public Health. Current law requires the department, among other duties, to prepare and maintain a list of approved training programs for nurse assistant certification, to review, on or before January 1, 2004, the current examination for approved training programs for certified nurse assistants and to develop a plan concerning career opportunities, as specified. Existing law requires certificate holders to complete 48 hours of in service training every 2 years. This bill would require the department to complete the review of the current examination and the development of a plan by January 1, 2022, and every 10 years thereafter.

Medi-Cal Assisted Living Waiver Program AB 50 (Kalra) Medi-Cal: Assisted Living Waiver Program

LeadingAge California Position: Support

Would require the State Department of Health Care Services to submit to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a request for amendment of the Assisted Living Waiver program with specified amendments. The bill would require, as part of the amendments, the department to increase the number of participants in the program from the currently authorized 5,744 participants to 18,500, to be phased in, as specified. The bill would require the department to increase its provider reimbursement tiers to compensate for mandatory minimum wage increases, as specified.

Long-Term Health FacilitiesAB 506 (Kalra) Long-Term Health Facilities

LeadingAge California Position: Oppose

The Long-Term Care, Health, Safety, and Security Act of 1973 generally provides for the licensure and regulation of long-term health care facilities by the State Department of Public Health and establishes an inspection and reporting system to ensure that long-term health care facilities are in compliance with state statutes and regulations. The term “long-term health care facility” includes, among other types of facilities, a skilled nursing facility and intermediate care facility. This bill would redefine a class “AA” violation as a class “A” violation that the department determines to have been a substantial factor, as described, in the death of a resident of a long-term health care facility. The bill would deem a violation of certain resident’s rights described under a class “B” violation as constituting harm and require a separate citation for each violation, as specified.

Long-Term Health FacilitiesAB 816 (Quirk-Silva) California Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool Program

LeadingAge California Position: Support

Would establish the California Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool Program within the Department of Housing and Community Development for the purpose of making grants available to applicants, defined to include a city, county, city and county, or continuum of care, for eligible activities including, among other things, rental assistance, operating subsidies in new and existing affordable or supportive housing units, and specified outreach services. The bill would continuously appropriate$450,000,000 from the General Fund every fiscal year to the department for purposes of the program, and set forth how these funds must be allocated.

PACE AB 1128 (Petrie-Norris) Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

LeadingAge California Position: Support

Would require a PACE center to maintain a license both as a primary care clinic and an adult day health center, and to either maintain a license as a home health agency or contract with a licensed home health agency for the provision of home health services. The bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services, as the single state agency overseeing the PACE program, to license and regulate any primary care clinic, adult day health center, and home health agency that is related to a PACE center, thereby transferring these duties from the State Department of Public Health to the State Department of Health Care Services, and would authorize the State Department of Health Care Services to exempt certain PACE centers from these provisions.

LTSS SB 512 (Pan) Long-term services and supports

LeadingAge California Position: Support

Would establish the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Board (LTSS Board), to be composed of 9 specified members, including, among others, the Treasurer as chair, the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency as vice chair, and 3 members to be appointed by the Governor. The bill would require the LTSS Board to manage and invest revenue deposited in the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Trust Fund (LTSS Trust), which the bill would create in the State treasury, to, upon appropriation, finance long-term services and supports for eligible individuals.


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