For the last 17 years, Barbara Marx Brocato has owned and operated her own consulting firm based in Annapolis. In her private practice, she has established a successful and highly-regarded firm known for its expertise in procurement, budgetary and fiscal matters, health care policy, and the legislative and regulatory process.  She has represented a broad spectrum of clients with interests in transportation, health care, education, biotechnology, law, elder care, business, and industry.

MaCCRA Sponsored Bill Signed 2024

Picture of Bill Signing for MaCCRA Sponsored Bill 2024

MACCRA bill signed by Governor Wes Moore 2024

This image shows the signing ceremony for the Continuing Care Retirement Communities Governing Bodies, Grievances, and Entrance Fees bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly in the 2024 session. The bill was supported by MaCCRA. Governor Wes Moore signed the bill on Thursday, April 25, 2024. 

The dignitaries seated in the front row, from left to right are:

The Honorable Susan Lee – Secretary of State
Nicole Zander – Senate Secretary (Desk Officer)
Senator Bill Ferguson – President of the Senate
Governor Wes Moore
Delegate Adrienne Jones – Speaker of the House
Sylvia Siegert – House Chief Clerk (Desk Officer)

The Senate Secretary and House Chief Clerk are staff positions and serve administrative roles for the Senate and House.

In the back row are
Dan Philipp, Collington MaCCRA chapter Vice-president
Barbara Brocato, MaCCRA’s legislative liaison
Robert LeBrun, Fairhaven resident, MaCCRA member
DanTracy, MACCRA 2nd Vice-president, Mercy Ridge MaCCRA chapter President
Lorrie Rogers, Collington MaCCRA chapter President
Delegate Terri Hill
Scott Tiffin – Senator Lam’s Chief of Staff
Adela LeBrun, MACCRA 1st Vice-president, Fairhaven MaCCRA chapter President
Delegate Harry Bhandari
Abbey Rubeling – Senator Lam’s Staff (hidden behind Del. Bhandari’s head

Delegates Hill and Bhadari were cosponsors of HB 68. Senator Lam was lead sponsor of SB 76.

MaCCRA 2024 Primary Legislation

House Bill 68 (Delegate Dana Stein) – “Continuing Care Retirement Communities – Governing Bodies, Grievances, and Entrance Fees”
Senate Bill 76 (Senator Clarence Lam) – “Continuing Care Retirement Communities – Governing Bodies, Grievances, and Entrance Fees”

THE ISSUE:
The proposed legislation seeks to address the following core concerns as identified by MaCCRA members and fellow CCRC residents.
• Resident influence on decisions affecting community life including grievance processes.
• Management transparency.
• Financial concerns including refund of deposit fees and corporate stability.

THE BILL’S 3 COMPONENTS:
Governing Board Membership
• INCREASE TO TWO RESIDENT MEMBERS
• ELECTED BY THE RESIDENTS’ COUNCIL OR ITS EQUIVALENT
• ABLE TO REPRESENT COMMUNITY CONCERNS DIRECTLY
• ABLE TO REPORT ALL DELIBERATIONS TO THE COMMUNITY

Refund of Entrance Fees
• INDIVIDUAL VACATED UNIT ASSIGNED A SEQUENTIAL REFUND NUMBER
• REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGING TWICE A YEAR
o NUMBER AND AMOUNT OF SATISFIED ENTRANCE FEE REFUNDS,
o OUTSTANDING REFUNDS DUE,
o PERCENTAGE OF OCCUPANCY, AND
o AVERAGE LENGTH OF TIME TO CONTRACT OR RECONTRACT

Grievance Procedures
• PROVIDERS SUBMIT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGING ON A SEMI-ANNUAL BASIS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT GRIEVANCES:
o NUMBER OF INTERNAL GRIEVANCES FILED
o SUBJECT MATTER OF THE GRIEVANCE
o FINAL DISPOSITION OF THE GRIEVANCE
• DEPARTMENT OF AGING TO TRACK THIS ANNUALLY ACROSS ALL PROVIDERS AND FACILITIES

 

 

 
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
Contact your State legislators and ask for their support of these important bills!

HOW TO FIND YOUR LEGISATOR:
Go to http://mdelect.net/ and follow the instructions to enter your address.
Your State elected officials will be identified, with hyperlinks directing you to their contact information.