Human Services Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5358

Title:

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR RESIDENTS OF CONTINUING-CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES.

Vote Date:

3/24/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

1/29/2015

File No.:

511

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Rep. D'Agostino

Human Services Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill will provide residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities with protection for their investments. It also requires notification to residents of major construction, ownership change and changes to services fees, and allows for them to form resident's councils to advocate for residents and serve as advisory boards to providers. Also included in the bill are changes to requirements for Escrow accounts.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Rep. Mike D'Agostiono spoke in support of the bill because it creates an early warning and a safety net that calls for disclosure, discussion and a remediation plan when the financial condition of a Continuing Care Retirement Community could jeopardize the stewardship promised to its residents. .

Elizabeth B. Ritter, Commissioner, State Department on Aging, spoke in support of the bill. She looks forward to addressing the needs of those residing in or moving into continuing care retirement communities.

Deb Migneault, Senior Policy Analyst, Connecticut's Legislative Commission on Aging, spoke in support of the bill. She indicated there are several core principles set forth in the nursing home residents bill of rights that could be used as a foundation for drafting more specific language for a bill of rights for residents of continuing care retirement communities.

Nancy Shaffer, Connecticut State Long Term Care Ombudsman, spoke in support of the bill.

because it will protect the consumer who contracts with a continuing care retirement community. She stated information and communication about the security of the individual's investment is an appropriate consumer protection.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Mag Morelli, President, LeadingAge Connecticut, spoke in support of the bill. However, she advised there must be an awareness of the four types of CCRC contracts currently available because each community currently has its own unique contract with existing obligations and arrangements. She also noted any provisions for addressing resident input in the decision making process must recognize the representation that is already in place.

Ruth Holland Walsh, President, Immediate Past President, National Continuing Care Residents Association,

Cecilia Malin, resident, Ashlar Village,

Dick Clark, Vice President, ConnCCRA,

Kate Waterman, resident, StoneRidge, Mystic, CT,

Georgia Erickson, President, Connecticut Continuing Care Retirement Association,

Billie T. Alban, Alban & Williams, LTD, spoke to the lack of language in existing legislation regarding the rights of residents who live in continuing care retirement communities. They stated residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are protected under the law. Residents of CCRCs invest their life savings when they move to such facilities and should, therefore, have protection for their investment .

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed.

Eileen M. Flynn

Date: April 7, 2015