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AB-1823 Veterans’ homes: accounting for charges.(2011-2012)



SECTION 1.

 Section 1035.6 of the Military and Veterans Code is amended to read:

1035.6.
 (a) The administrator shall provide each member of a the  home with a quarterly statement or accounting of all charges for the costs of care rendered to the member in excess of the member fee, as defined in subdivision (b). The quarterly statement or accounting of charges shall include, in plain, straightforward language, avoiding technical terms as much as possible and using a coherent and easily readable style, all of the following:
(1) A statement that the charges for the excess costs of care are provided to the member for informational purposes only.
(2) A statement that, if the member veteran  is a resident of a the  home at the time of death, the home may use his or her money or personal property that is in possession of the home or outside the home  for payment of unreimbursed excess  costs of care.
(3) A statement that advises the member to seek counsel from a legal expert to protect his or her assets.
(b) “Costs of care in excess of the member fee” means all costs that are not covered by the member contribution fee, including, but not limited to, the unreimbursed costs of medical or dental services rendered to the member, either by a the  home or under contract with a the  home. The Department of Veterans Affairs shall promulgate regulations specifying the costs that are in excess of the member contribution fee and constitute the unreimbursed costs of care.
(c) The quarterly statement or accounting described in subdivision (a) and any notice relating to quarterly statements posted in a home shall be in 14-point font or larger.