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Introducing the RCFE Reform Act of 2014
In the last issue of the CANHR Advocate (Winter 2013), we cited the wave of prominent media stories regarding major problems in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) in California and CANHR’s own white paper (http://canhr.org/temp/Residential_Care_in_California.pdf) in calling for comprehensive statewide reform. Well, now we have a real chance.
On January 13, a bipartisan group of eight state senators and assembly members appeared together at the Capitol press room to announce the RCFE Reform Act of 2014 sponsored by CANHR and moderated by Executive Director Pat McGinnis. The bill package addresses a number of pressing issues in RCFE care. Currently, the RCFE Reform Act is made up of ten bills (all bills are sponsored by CANHR unless otherwise noted):
Additional bills have been offered by other legislators, many of which overlap with those listed above. CANHR will be tracking those bills and will provide updates on other legislation affecting California long term care at http://canhr.org/legislation/index.html.
The 2014 legislative session provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for over 170,000 assisted living residents in California. In order to ensure the success of such a comprehensive reform package, consumer and organizational support for these bills is absolutely essential. We need your letters of support! For more information about the RCFE Reform Act, the individual bills, and what you can do to help, please go to: http://canhr.org/legislation/rcfe_reform_act.html