About AB 2644

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

I’m proud to join my colleagues in supporting AB 2644. This bill just passed the Senate and will make changes to better protect Californians during emergencies such as COVID-19.

With over half of the COVID-19 deaths in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), we need SNFs to have dedicated, full-time infection preventionists to protect residents and staff from infection. We must ensure that the Long-Term Care Ombudsman can continue to advocate and protect nursing home residents. This bill would do just that.

AB 2644 also requires, in the event of a declared emergency related to a communicable disease, a skilled nursing facility to report each disease-related death and suspected disease-related death to the State Department of Public Health (DPH) within 24 hours of that death. It also requires DPH to report certain information related to diseased-related deaths in SNFs on its website on a weekly basis. 

To learn more about my work to help our seniors, click here.