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SB-664 Hospice licensure: moratorium on new licenses.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Article 2.3 (commencing with Section 1751.70) is added to Chapter 8.5 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

Article  2.3. New License Moratorium
1751.70.
 Notwithstanding any other law and except as provided in Section 1751.75, on and after January 1, 2022, and until 365 days from the date that the California State Auditor publishes a report on hospice licensure, the department shall not issue a new license to operate a hospice pursuant to this chapter.
1751.75.
 (a) The department may grant an exception to the moratorium imposed by this article upon making a written finding that an applicant for a new license, or with a license application pending on January 1, 2022, has shown a demonstrable need for hospice services in the area where the applicant proposes to operate based on the concentration of all existing hospice services in that area.
(b) The department shall issue a new license during the moratorium pursuant to an exception granted under this section in accordance with this chapter, including Article 2 (commencing with Section 1747).
1751.80.
 This article shall not be deemed to modify the authority of the department to renew a license pursuant to this chapter.
1751.85.
 This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2027, and as of that date is repealed.