Licensing Update

As of December 31, 2020, California had 2,245,379 confirmed C-19 cases resulting in 25,386 deaths, or 1%. The state remains on a prolonged, extended lockdown as ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom. On December 28, he announced a “no-cost” vaccination program with CVS and Walgreens to provide the Pfizer vaccine free to nursing home residents and staff, then to assisted living and other facilities. The program allows pharmacies’ staff to go to facilities and vaccinate residents and staff at no cost. The most populated counties still have the highest number of C-19 cases: Los Angeles, 153,000; San Bernardino, 194,000; Riverside, 181,000; Orange, 165,000; San Diego, 153,000; Kern, 69,000; Santa Clara, 68,000; and Sacramento and Fresno, approximately, 65,500. The death rate is one percent or less.

AB1855, the bill to mandate adult care facilities to have an emergency disaster plan, FAILED, meaning only RCFEs have to have a safe and effective mechanism to evacuate residents in an emergency.

AB2926, the bill to regulate referral agencies—FAILED.

SB1068, a bill mandating RCFEs to call 911 in the event of an emergency, FAILED, without any explanation from the Legislature.

SB1259, a bill aimed at researching why facilities do NOT accept SSI also FAILED, but the bill was changed to affect only ARFs and not RCFEs. Remember the new SSI rate is $1079.37 with P&I monies at $138.

NO new bills have been proposed for 2021. Usually, the legislature waits until after the new year holiday before bills start to develop.

Who really wanted the COVID-19 lockdown? According to KABC-TV Los Angeles, it was “a coalition of Los Angeles area unions.” The unions were from healthcare, labor, and community groups. The lockdown forces the closure of “all nonessential businesses.” The president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers said facilities were “understaffed” and workers were “overworked and inundated” with patients. In a letter to the LA County Board of Supervisors a shutdown of Christmas gatherings and other events was to extend through January 2021. The coalition asked the Board to suspend mortgage and rent payments, and to give free meals and direct payments to workers who may be laid off. Unite Here Local11 said the current approach “is just not working” and “we need to follow science and follow what other places have been doing.” Yet this coalition stated essential workers, low-income and ethnic communities are disproportionately being impacted by the pandemic and “a true lockdown is the only way to get a handle on the rapid spread of the virus.” Is that what other places—cities, counties, states, and countries—are doing? Yes, and it is not working!