Monday, October 21, 2013
On October 16, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a detailed "Bill of Rights" for residents of New Jersey's Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs).
Key features of the law (S2052/A3132) include:
- clarification of the circumstances under which residents can be transferred from independent living to skilled care,
- the right for prospective residents to have at least 30 days to review mandatory disclosure statements before signing the admission agreement, and
- further specification of the state's right to enforce the law, including sanctions or fines.
The new legislation serves to amend New Jersey's Continuing Care Retirement Community Regulation and Financial Disclosure Act, N.J. Stat. Ann. Sections 52:27D-330 through 360. The law was first enacted in 1986, becoming effective in March 1987.
My first reading of the final legislation suggests it covers rights about which even the most paternalistic provider would agree.
ORANJ, the Organization of Residents Associations in New Jersey, was very active in raising resident concerns during the several year process that led to the bill's passage.
Hat tip to David Hibberson for keeping us up-to-date on New Jersey developments. Congratulations to New Jersey CCRC residents on their hard work.