Urge Governor to Protect Nursing Home Residents from Deadly Power Outages

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Please help support SB 1207 (Jackson) by urging Governor Newsom to sign it. This critical bill codifies federal standards that require skilled nursing facilities to have an alternative source of power to protect resident health and safety and maintain safe temperatures for 96 hours during any type of power outage. CANHR and Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County are co-sponsoring SB 1207.

The Legislature gave final passage to SB 1207 on August 31 and sent it to the Governor for his signature. He has until the end of the month to sign or veto it. Governor Newsom’s position on SB 1207 is unknown but the nursing home industry is fighting the bill. Its fate is uncertain.

You can use CANHR’s sample letter (Word document download) or write your own message to the Governor. Then fax your letter to the Governor at 916-558-3160.

If you do not have a fax machine, you can use the free GotFreeFax.com online service to send the fax. They don’t include any advertising or branding on their free faxes. 

Another option is to email your message to Governor Newsom via his online contact form. Enter your name, email address and choose your subject – “SB 01207: Skilled nursing facilities: backup power system” – near the bottom of the drop-down menu. Then select your position (“Pro”), enter your message into the contact box and select “Send Message.”

Please send your letters this week.

Read letter from CANHR and LTCOSSLOC to Governor Newsom on SB 1207.

Thank you for supporting SB 1207 and CANHR!