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AB-279 Intermediate care facilities and skilled nursing facilities: COVID-19.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 1287 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1287.
 (a) A facility shall not terminate or make significant quality-of-care changes to its skilled nursing or supportive care services, or transfer a resident to another facility except as described in subdivision (b), during any state of emergency declared pursuant to Section 8625 of the Government Code relating to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), unless the owner of the facility files a bankruptcy petition under Title 11 of the United States Code or under any other federal bankruptcy laws.
(b) A resident transfer under the conditions described in subdivision (a) may occur only if any of the following is met:
(1) The transfer is deemed medically necessary by a public health authority.
(2) The impacted resident or their legally authorized representative, if applicable, provides written consent after being informed of their right to refuse the transfer in writing and in a language and manner that they understand.
(3) The transfer is to a general acute care hospital to treat an urgent medical condition.
(4) The owner of the facility files a bankruptcy petition as described in subdivision (a).
(c) Unless the owner of a facility files a bankruptcy petition under Title 11 of the United States Code or under any other federal bankruptcy laws, both of the following apply during any state of emergency declared pursuant to Section 8625 of the Government Code relating to COVID-19:
(1) All conditions of operation imposed by the Attorney General pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 5914) of Chapter 9 of Part 2 of Division 2 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code that are in effect at the beginning of the state of emergency shall remain in effect.
(2) The Attorney General may adopt regulations consistent with this section.
(d) During any state of emergency declared pursuant to Section 8625 of the Government Code relating to COVID-19, if a resident of a facility, or an individual temporarily transferred to a facility from another facility or any other type of health facility, has tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 14 calendar days, the facility of that resident or where that individual is transferred shall do both of the following, subject to state and federal privacy laws, as instructed by the department:
(1) Notify all other residents of the facility and their representatives about the existence of a new case of COVID-19, without disclosing the identity of the resident or other individual who has tested positive.
(2) In the case of a resident who has tested positive for COVID-19, notify the representatives of that resident about their COVID-19 case. In the case of an individual temporarily transferred to the facility and who has tested positive for COVID-19, if the individual becomes a resident of the facility, notify the representatives of that individual about their COVID-19 case.
(e) The protections provided under this section are in addition to, and not exclusive of, any other protections for facility residents regarding transfer and discharge.
(f) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) Except as described in paragraph (2), “facility” means an intermediate care facility, as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 1250, or a skilled nursing facility, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 1250, but does not include any of the following:
(A) Licensed beds in any facility specified in Section 4100 of the Welfare and Institutions Code or any other facility operated by the State Department of State Hospitals.
(B) Any facility operated by the State Department of Developmental Services, including, but not limited to, any Stabilization, Training, Assistance and Reintegration (STAR) home, developmental center, or community facility.
(C) Any facility operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
(D) A skilled nursing facility that is operated as a distinct part of a general acute care hospital, as defined by Section 483.5 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) “Health facility” has the same meaning as defined in Section 1250.
(g) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2022, and, as of January 1, 2023, is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1287.1 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1287.1.
 (a) For six months after termination of any state of emergency declared pursuant to Section 8625 of the Government Code relating to COVID-19, the owner of a facility, as defined in Section 1287, shall issue a 90-day advance notice of any proposed sale or termination of the licensed operation of the facility to each resident and their representatives before the sale or termination goes into effect.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.
SEC. 3.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
SEC. 4.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
To protect the residents of intermediate care facilities or skilled nursing facilities and their continued residence in their supportive environment, and to prevent foreseeable homelessness of this vulnerable population during the crisis of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) state of emergency, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately.