Laws earlier than the Maryland Basic Meeting would impose reporting necessities on assisted dwelling operators that handle advantages for his or her residents.
HB 554 / SB 507, sponsored by Home Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D-District 21) and state Sens. Delores Kelley (D-Baltimore Metropolis), Brian Feldman (D-Montgomery County), Man Guzzone (D-Howard County), Jill Carter (D-Baltimore Metropolis) and Pamela Beidle (D-Anne Arundel County), would require assisted dwelling communities to file annual experiences on the cash they obtain through resident advantages with the Division of Shopper Safety of the Workplace of the Legal professional Basic.
Beneath the invoice, assisted dwelling packages that function consultant payees for residents can be required to report Social Safety advantages and different federal, state or logical authorities funds used to help people who’re aged, disabled or blind.
LeadingAge Maryland President and CEO Allison Ciborowski advised McKnight’s Senior Residing that its members usually should not resident payees, and present state assisted dwelling laws already require protections of resident funds, which may be surveyed by the Workplace of Healthcare High quality.
The invoice additionally would require the Workplace of Well being Care High quality inside the Maryland Division of Well being to refer allegations of “unfair, abusive or misleading commerce practices” by an assisted dwelling program to the Division of Shopper Safety.
These practices embrace any false, falsely disparaging or deceptive statements that would mislead customers. Misleading sale or rental companies are also included. Violations are topic to a $10,000 high quality per violation and as much as $25,000 for every repetitive violation. People who violate the Maryland Shopper Safety Act may be fined as much as $1,000 and / or jailed for as much as one 12 months.
Tammy Bresnahan, affiliate director of advocacy for AARP Maryland, testified final week earlier than the state Well being and Authorities Operations Committee in assist of the assisted dwelling reporting necessities “to guard Maryland’s most weak.”
She stated consultant payees, who handle profit funds for somebody unable to take action on their very own, deal with advantages for nearly three million recipients of Supplemental Safety Revenue for low-income older adults, the blind and disabled. Payees who don’t dwell with the beneficiary are required to submit annual experiences to Social Safety accounting for the way advantages are used. Assisted dwelling packages ought to fall underneath these reporting necessities, she stated.
“AARP believes that authorities and long-term companies and assist suppliers can implement varied approaches to selling service high quality and defend the rights of customers,” Bresnahan testified.