Californians Deserve an Alternative to Nursing Homes ~ Support AB 2233

Californians Deserve an Alternative to Nursing Homes ~ Support AB 2233

AB 2233 (Kaira) expands California’s Assisted Living Waiver Program, which offers seniors and persons with disabilities the option to receive Medi-Cal covered services in assisted living facilities, rather than nursing homes. This bill passed the legislature with nearly unanimous bipartisan support, and now it is up to Governor Brown to sign the bill into law.

Here are some more details provided by our partners at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR):

Most Californians don’t want to move into nursing homes.  The Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) provides an alternative to nursing homes by permitting individual s on Medi-Cal to access care in less restrictive, community-based settings — such as assisted living facilities or public subsidized housing — at 1/4 the cost of nursing facility care.

AB 2233:

  • Increases the number of ALW participant slots from 3,700 to 18,500
  • Expands the program geographically, to offer statewide coverage over the next 5 years
  • Requires the state to have more transparent waitlist procedures
  • Requires the state to modify its provider reimbursement rates to ensure sufficient participation from providers

The ALW is a win-win. Californians prefer to receive care outside of nursing homes, and the state saves millions of dollars by offering this care in less institutional settings. California should follow the lead of states like Oregon and Washington who have robust programs in which Medicaid funds assisted living care.

Join us in spreading the word on AB 2233. Write to the Governor and urge him to sign this much-needed, common sense program into law.

  • Write, call or fax Governor Jerry Brown’s Office:

Honorable Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.