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Master Plan on Aging Bills Advance in the Legislature

The package of bills that make up the Legislature’s answer to Governor Newsom’s call for a Master Plan on Aging have all largely moved to their second houses.

However, AB 1136 (Nazarian, D-Van Nuys) was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 1136 would create a new “California Department of Community Living” after reorganizing various functions of the current California Department of Aging under the planned new department.

Both AB 1287 (Nazarian) and AB 1382 (Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters) have cleared the Assembly and are now in the Senate awaiting hearing. AB 1287 would create a “No Wrong Door” system by developing a universal assessment tool to be used to determine eligibility and suitability for various services and programs across the aging and long-term care network. AB 1382 would focus on the Master Plan’s workforce strategies, particularly around paid paraprofessional, professional health care and long-term workers in addition to family caregivers.

SB 228 (Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) cleared the state Senate and is now awaiting hearing in the Assembly. SB 228 sets up the parameters and infrastructure needed to facilitate the development of the Master Plan on Aging.

The LeadingAge California sponsored bill, SB 611 (Caballero, D-Merced) has also passed the Assembly. The bill addresses the need for affordable senior housing in the state Master Plan. SB 611 wold establish a task force and require a report to the Legislature by April 30, 2021.

Bills with a fiscal impact to the state must be heard by July 10th. The Legislature adjourns for its Summer Recess on July 12th and will reconvene on August 12th.