September 10th, 2012| September 10, 2012 California legislation awaiting the governor’s approval could have a direct impact in northern California on the type of care seniors living in a nursing home or long-term care facility can receive. According to the Napa Valley Register, a decision on the legislation must be reached by September 30. Lawmakers have worked for nearly two years to complete AB40, which would not only bring state elder abuse laws up to par with the federal Elder Justice Act, but would also improve and require the communication between a person who suspects elder abuse to be occurring and law enforcement. AB 999 would benefit those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities by preventing insurance companies from being allowed to hike rates in certain circumstances, while AB 1710 would help to protect residents of care facilities from California nursing home abuse by requiring more training for administrators and establishing a better check and balance system for patient care. The laws come at a time when local officials are working to improve elderly care in the area, as a recent Census Bureau report showed 15 percent of Napa County’s population is over the age of 65 and the number is continuing to grow. The California personal injury lawyers with Berg injury Lawyers are here to help you if you suspect that your loved one has been harmed while in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility.