When Governor Gavin Newsom undermined the successful grassroots lobby effort to pass AB 279 which would have stalled evictions and reductions of services at California senior homes like the Sakura IFC, it raised the question of who he is working for. The language of his veto statement seemed like a copy/paste job of arguments from … Read more
We, members of the statewide and national Save Our Seniors Network, are outraged at your Oct. 7, 2021, veto of Assembly Bill 279.
AB 279 was straightforward urgency legislation to protect seniors. It received an overwhelming, bipartisan 91 “ayes” to 10 “nos” (95%) cumulative vote in the Legislature, and was determined by both the Assembly and Senate Committees on Appropriations to have negligible fiscal impact.
This bill was designed to prevent involuntary, medically non-necessary transfers of residents from an intermediate care facility (ICF) or a skilled nursing facility (SNF), and to halt significant reductions in services thereat, during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
https://calmatters.org/newsletters/whatmatters/2021/10/newsom-admin-ripped-for-nursing-home-policies/ California’s reputation as a national leader in the COVID response was turned on its head Tuesday, when state lawmakers launched a blistering attack on the Newsom administration’s handling of nursing homes amid the pandemic. Meanwhile, death rates continue to climb at Kei-Ai Los Angeles. Kei-Ai Los Angeles leads CA nursing homes in cumulative … Read more
November 2, 2021 The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California: We, members of the statewide and national Save Our Seniors Network, are outraged at your October 7, 2021, veto of Assembly Bill 279. AB 279 was straightforward urgency legislation to protect seniors. It received an overwhelming, bipartisan 91 AYES to 10 NOES (95%) cumulative vote in … Read more
With his veto of AB 279, which sought to halt evictions of seniors from, and reductions of services at licensed senior care facilities during the pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom’s capitulation to serving the interests of Pacifica Companies aside, it was also a blatant disregard for the well-being of seniors in general, who are among the … Read more
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has Kept $Multi-Million Reserve Fund a Secret from the Public and Newsom Follows Their Lead to Endanger Seniors Under influence of California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) propagated the falsehood that “AB 279 would cause possible unintended financial duress” to for-profit nursing … Read more
From CalMatters.org, by Jocelyn Wiener October 6, 2021: Read the article here:https://calmatters.org/health/2021/10/nursing-homes-oversight-california-hearing/ Democratic Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi of Los Angeles, who introduced legislation earlier this year to address some of these issues, also grilled Dunham about the department’s performance in caring for California’s most vulnerable residents.. “What I’m hearing is a lengthy history, that goes back … Read more
https://www.assembly.ca.gov/media/assembly-health-committee-20211005/video Two SOSN members, former Assemblyperson Mariko Yamada and Ruscal Cayangyang took the trip to Sacramento to make public statements to challenge the CA Department of Public Health failure to serve the public interest and call for transparency, accountability and legislative reform (AB 279 and support for AB 1502 in particular). Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi provided … Read more
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. ( Listen … Read more
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-01/california-orders-skilled-nursing-facilities-to-accept-coronavirus-patients As fears escalate about the toll the coronavirus will take on the sick and elderly in nursing homes — who are among the most vulnerable to the deadly virus — California regulators have told skilled nursing facility operators that they must accept patients even if they have the disease. The order comes amid a … Read more