Licensing Update

Prague and Budapest Trip

Mike & Robin will are taking a group of our students to the beautiful cities of Prague and Budapest, August 21-31, 2017, at an incredible $2899 per person, shared room price—and only 4 spaces remain! This includes CEUs for administrators and nurses; round trip air from LAX; airport/hotel transfers in both cities; 5-star, superior class hotels; daily breakfast; city tours; and optional side trips. Join us on a great, affordable trip to two of Europe’s most incredible capitals. Call 866/257-7323 to make a $450 per person deposit or pay your deposit on our website or pay by mail to our office address. Payoff deadline is May, 2017. This is a “don’t miss” trip.

Legislative and Licensing Updates

AB474 has been proposed to make the state’s supplemental program, or SSP, equal to 112% of the federal poverty level. The current federal poverty level for one person is $990 per month, so SSP should be $1108.80 per month. The state is currently paying $1158.37 which pays for room and board, care and supervision and personal and incidental needs. AB474 is not progressing so the SSP reimbursement will likely not be changed.

SB413, introduced by Senator Mike Morrell-R, Rancho Cucamonga, will change the term “dementia” in Health and Safety Codes to “major neurocognitive disorder.” It will change Codes 1569.698, 1569.699, and 1569.7. Mr. Morrell’s number is (909) 919-7731. It’s political correctness.

AB1437, introduced by Assembly Member Jim Patterson-R, Fresno, will amend Health and Safety Code 1569.17 to prohibit an individual who is employed at an RCFE and who possesses a current criminal record clearance from being required to transfer his or her current criminal record clearance to another facility operated by the same licensee. Plus, it will amend Code 1569.23 to exempt a person who holds a current license as a certified administrator from a requirement to complete a separate certification program. Mr. Patterson’s number is (559) 446-2029. Please back this bill.

Senator Tony Mendoza-D, Cerritos, is again attempting to pass SB648 to reform referral agencies. Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill last year. This bill would impose additional requirements and prohibitions on referral agencies that refer persons to any RCFE for remuneration. It would prohibit referral agencies from holding any power of attorney or any property of a person receiving referral services, and from disclosing any personal information of a person receiving services, unless authorized to do so, and would require referral agencies to disclose specified information to each person receiving its services. The bill would also make it unlawful for an employee, independent contractor, or other person who is acting on behalf of a governmental agency, hospital, or other health care institution to offer, provide, or accept a payment, rebate, refund, commission, preference, or discount as payment, compensation, or inducement for referring patients, clients, or customers to a facility or one of those referral agencies. Mr. Mendoza’s number is (562) 860-3202. Please support this bill.

Minimum wage is now $10.00 for employers with 25 or fewer employees; $10.50 for employers with 26 or more employees. The minimum wage is also scheduled to increase to $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2018. According to employment “experts,” California had to increase minimum wage to keep up with rising costs. Some California cities and counties have already raised minimum wage higher than the State’s minimum. Local Southern California cities that have higher minimum wage requirements than the state include San Diego, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County, and Long Beach. Check with your city and/or county as the implementation dates vary as do the actual wages.  Top of FormRetail, restaurants, other food-service work, child care and administrative services and personal-care services accounts for almost 30 percent of low-wage jobs in the state.

The governor and Democrats in the Legislature unveiled their transportation funding package, a $52-billion proposal that is entirely funded by the largest gas-tax increase in state history, a massive increase to the diesel tax, and a vehicle license fee increase that is high as $175 per vehicle (even electric vehicles). Californians already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the nation. This “crisis” is the direct result of decades of neglect by Sacramento and diverting billions of dollars from transportation funds to the state’s general fund, where the dollars are used for non-transportation purposes.