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October 19, 2017.  Currently the top action item for both LeadingAge and NaCCRA is working to maintain the deduction for medical expenses.    Thanks to LeadingAge it is very easy to let your congressperson hear from you by phone or by email.  Use one of links below, provide your address and Leading Age will put you in touch.

LeadingAge’s easy way to contact your represented by telephone
LeadingAge’s  easy way to Contact your representative by email 

The LeadingAge alert succinctly states the important of taking action:

“Losing this important deduction would hurt many older adults. Elders living in some life plan communities deduct a portion of their fees as pre-paid medical expenses in case they need nursing home care. They would lose this important deduction—as would many older adults living in other care settings. Others with high medical bills would be similarly affected. This radical proposal would disproportionately affect older adults, many of whom have higher than average medical costs. Congress needs to hear from you today. Tell your lawmakers to protect the medical expense deduction. Tell them older adults need this important deduction. Tell them protecting it is the right thing to do.”

The other links below go to the NaCCRA alert and to the power point presentations of the two speakers at yesterday’s ORANJ Plenary Meeting.  On the day when the future of the bipartisan Lamar/Alexander healthcare deal was becoming increasing unclear, Marcia. Greenfield, VP for Health Legislation, provided us a with a review of this year’s happenings (or non-happenings) concerning the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and the possible effect of Tax Reform on medical deductions.

LeadingAge Presentation at the October, 2017 Plenary Meeting
NaCCRA Action Alert concerning elimination of the Medical Deduction
NaCCRA Presentation at the October, 2017 Plenary Meeting 

ORANJ Legislative Handbook

One of the core missions of ORANJ is monitoring and seeking to influence the enactment and enforcement of New Jersey laws and regulations that pertain to residents of CCRCs in New Jersey.

To support this effort, we have prepared a Legislative Handbook, which contains material that is useful for ORANJ Legislative Committee members and for comparable committees at member CCRCs. This is a collection of information about the four committees in the New Jersey legislature that deal with laws of interest to residents of CCRCs, as well as guidelines for taking action. The handbook is updated with each new session of the legislature.

Laws and Regulations for CCRCs, Assisted Living, and Long-Term Care

2013 Amendment to P.L.1986 c.103 (NJ website) (.pdf), known as the Bill of Rights for Independent CCRC Residents. On April 6, 2015, the Department of Community Affairs issued Regulations for the 2013 Amendment (.pdf).
NJ Ombudsman Brochure concerning rights for CCRC residents (pdf).    Brochure text  only .

The Bill of Rights for Assisted Living, P.L. 2011 Chapter 58 (NJ website) (.pdf), was adopted in April, 2011.
NJ Ombudsman Brochure concerning rights for Assisted Living residents (pdf).  Brochure text only.

On July 15, 2008, an amendment to the 1976 law, P.L.1976, c.120 (NJ website) (.pdf), concerning rights of nursing home residents was approved.
NJ Long-Term Care Brochure (pdf). Brochure text only.

2007 Amendment to Section 16 of P.L.1986, c.103 (NJ website). As described at  ORANJ and the 2007 amendment, this amendment, like the 2013 amendment on the Bill of Rights, was a result of the work of the Legislative Committee of ORANJ. It has two parts. Part I covers five topics: a) resident organization, b) quarterly meetings with residents, c)  addressing resident complaints, d) discussion about proposed actions, and e) resident representation on CCRC boards. Part II provides for a Continuing Care Advisory Council. Part II has never been implemented and there is ongoing controversy concerning compliance with the provisions of Part I.

Other Laws of Interest

P.L.2013, c.191.  Chapter 40 –  Establishes New Jersey Yellow Dot Program.
NJAC Title 5 Chapter 19 – 2014 CCRC Regulation and Financial Disclosure Act Regulations
NJ52:27D 330 (2014) –  NJ Law describing CCRCs – 55 pages
P.L. 2004 Chapter 41 –  Provider Bed Tax
P.L. 2004 Chapter 93- Defibrillators in nursing homes
P.L. 1999 Chapter 0332 –  Right to Return Home
P.L. 2006 Chapter 84: – Prescription Drug Retail Price Registry
P.L. 2015 Chapter 115 – CCRCs must provide residents with information on influenza vaccines for older adults.  Became law 10/13/15