Priority Healthcare Reform Legislation Advances

The grassroots lobbying work of Save Our Seniors Network continues with the advance of AB 1400 and AB 1502

SACRAMENTO — At its first State Capitol hearing of the 2022 legislative session, the Assembly Committee on Health considered a dozen bills over the course of a seven-hour hearing on Jan. 11. Save Our Seniors Network Legislative Liaison Director Ruscal Cayangyang was on hand to testify in support of two SOS priority bills.

AB 1400

Assembly Bill 1400, “Guaranteed Healthcare for All,” a bill to ensure comprehensive universal healthcare, including all elderly care and homecare to all Californians, “head-to-toe and cradle-to-grave” based in the fundamental principle that “healthcare is a human right,” passed out of the Assembly Health Committee after three hours of testimony with a vote of 11 in favor, 3 against and 1 abstention.

The “CalCare” bill was initiated by the California Nurses Association (CNA) and supported by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago, Wendy Carrillo and other local representatives. Together they represent Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights and the Asian communities of LittleTokyo, Koreatown, Chinatown and Historic Filipinotown. It was introduced by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose).

AB 1400 would eliminate the costly patchwork of employer-based healthcare and multiple private and profit-making insurers and merge the current fragmented Medi-Cal system in favor of a comprehensive, single-payer, state-run system. In addition to lower costs overall, if enacted, AB 1400 would provide for essential multilingual and culturally appropriate healthcare by prioritizing capital investment in underserved communities. 

For-profit institutions such as Pacifica, as part of the CalCare program, would no longer be able to make profit by decreasing the quality or quantity of healthcare. Reimbursements to nursing homes would no longer be lower than Medicare. The bill would eliminate the discrimination against low-income Medi-Cal residents and guarantee bilingual, bicultural care. 

Learn more about AB 1400 HERE.

Watch the replay of the Assembly Committee on Health hearing on AB 1400:

AB 1502

Assembly Bill 1502, the “Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2022,” confronts the dangerous operation of California skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) lacking proper licensure. A current weakness in state licensing authority has allowed unscrupulous and unsuitable “chain” operators to acquire dozens of SNFs that continuously operate under “interim management agreements,” arrangements that — although currently legal — can sometimes go on for years, putting the most vulnerable institutionalized seniors at risk. 

AB 1502, introduced by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), would end such agreements and make other major industry reforms; the bill, sponsored by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), passed on a committee vote of 12 for and 2 against.

Both bills now advance to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations on Thursday, January 20, and face a Jan. 31 deadline for consideration on the Assembly floor. Save Our Seniors Network will continue to monitor both bills through the legislative process.

220118 Take Action on CalCare

Call to Committee on Appropriations members to urge support AB 1502 at the same time as asking them to vote AYE on AB 1400!

Committe on Appropriations Phone Numbers

Help with the phone banking effort for AB 1400 to talk to voters who have expressed support for healthcare reform:

Keep checking back here at the SOSN website for updates on both of these important pieces of legislation and join our twice-monthly GENERAL MEETINGS by signing up for the Save Our Seniors Network email list, where we’ll send you meeting notifications about how to join!

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