We encourage SOSN supporters to call-in to make a short public statement to challenge the CA Department of Public Health failure to serve the public interest! Recall how the CDPH chose to support Pacifica Companies’ plan to close Sakura ICF and jeopardize the health of Japanese American and Japanese seniors during the pandemic.
The Committee’s hearings webpage is https://ahea.assembly.ca.gov/hearings
Via CA Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR):
On October 5 at 1:30 PM, the California Assembly Health Committee is holding an informational hearing on state oversight of nursing homes. After the completion of testimony from government officials, industry representatives, and resident advocates and questions from the Committee members, the public will have an opportunity for comment.
This hearing is a golden opportunity to advance the cause of nursing home reform. Please call into the hearing and weigh in for better nursing home oversight. It is expected that public comments will start around or after 3:30 and each caller will be given a minute or less. So be ready with a quick comment!
CANHR will be testifying at the hearing to promote nursing home ownership reform and adoption of AB 1502 next year. AB 1502 improves suitability standards for those seeking to run nursing homes and ends nursing home squatting – where persons or entities run nursing homes with no approval from the state. Two recent news articles, one from CalMatters and the other from LAist, underscore the need for significant ownership reform.
You can watch the hearing by going to the Assembly website on October 5.
Below is the statement delivered as public comment to the Committee on Health by SOSN:
“Save Our Seniors Network has been working to defend bilingual/bi-cultural care at a set of facilities sold by a community non-profit to an international real estate developer, Pacifica Companies, in 2016.
We disagreed with the CDPH May 18 decision to support the closure of the only bilingual/bi-cultural intermediate care facility for Japanese Americans in the U.S.: the Sakura ICF in Los Angeles.
This ICF had been maintained as a 100% COVID-19-free facility throughout the pandemic.
The CDPH supported the owners’ plan to evict over 80 elderly residents against the professional advice of ten licensed physicians.
These seniors are now dispersed across various facilities lacking adequate bilingual/bi-cultural care and with less-than-optimal COVID-19-safe conditions.
Lack of transparency from the CDPH regarding this decision remains a dereliction of public trust.
Patients need public oversight and protection from abuse of public funds for private interests.
We need laws that recognize the necessity of linguistic and cultural equality as a healthcare issue.
Please encourage the Governor to sign AB 279 and support AB 1502.”