Leverage the Power of State Legislation

Legislation | February 21, 2020 | by Eram Abbasi

Let’s leverage our collective strength. Read more!

We have long heard the adage, knowledge is power, and its welcome companion, there is strength in numbers. One of the many beauties of your LeadingAge membership is that we can gather together and leverage our collective strength. How can we do that on a state by state level? If the words state legislation tracker came to mind – you’re right! (And then maybe, time to go buy that lottery ticket…)

LeadingAge routinely follows state legislation that affects long term services and supports (LTSS). We offer you two updates a year on our website. The first update is provided right after the beginning of each new year, when many states start their legislative sessions. It includes recently introduced bills that are important to you. The second update comes out in the fall, when most of the state legislative sessions are over, and chronicles the legislation that has been passed.

The 2020 legislative session has started for our 31 LeadingAge state partners. Here is a summary of legislative updates from states pertaining you, our LPCs: (click on the state name to read the full text).

  • Maryland has introduced legislation that would require local boards of elections to establish polling stations in continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) of 200 or more individuals who are at least 60 years old. These polling stations would specifically to serve the residents of those communities.
  • New Jersey has introduced legislation that would limit the time that a CCRC may retain a refundable entrance fee after a resident vacates the facility to no more than one year later. New Jersey has also introduced legislation that requires electric public utilities to provide priority power restoration to certain medical facilities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. LeadingAge New Jersey is requesting amendments to this language to include life plan communities.
  • New York introduced an amendment to their insurance law to authorize CCRCs to adopt a written cybersecurity policy to protect the confidentiality, integrity and security of nursing homes, adult care facilities and assisted living residences.
  • The Washington State legislature finds that it is appropriate to provide the Independent Living residents of CCRCs with access to the Washington state long-term care ombudsman program and direct the long-term care ombudsman to pilot a demonstration serving the unique financial needs of CCRC residents in Independent Living.

We will continue to keep you about important state legislation. Please reach out to Eram Abbasi if you have any questions.