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9/13/2017 Member News
Legislative update

 

News Update
Legislative Updates from the Sacramento Team
 
TO: CDC Membership

FROM: Michael Arnold and Kristian Foy, CDC Advocates

SB 349 (Lara) – Mandatory Staffing Ratios
 
We received a call on Friday from the Governor’s office letting us know that the author of SB 349 (Lara) decided not to take up the bill on the Assembly Floor this year. Thus, SB 349 is now a 2-year bill. It will be eligible for consideration again at any time during the 2018 legislative session.
 
As part of holding the bill this year, Senator Lara will be holding “stakeholder meetings” during the interim. We have assured the Senator’s staff and the Governor’s staff that we will engage in these efforts and will participate “with an open mind.”
 
The Governor’s office indicated that the discussions should focus on “quality, access and workforce issues.”
 
We will provide additional comments to the Board at the meeting on Friday.
 
AB 251 (Bonta) – Mandate for Dialysis Clinics to send Rebates to Private Payors where direct patient care and related costs are less than 85% of Revenues
 
As we reported previously, AB 251 was moved to the Inactive File on the Senate Floor. We are advised that AB 251 will not be further pursued this year and is also a 2-year bill.
 
Initiatives – Putting SB 249 and or AB 251 in Statute via the Initiative Process
 
The two initiatives filed with the Attorney General’s Office by SEIU are still awaiting a “Title and Summary” for purposes of circulation. This step should be completed by October 15th. Soon after that date we will know whether the proponents will begin circulating these measures for signature.
 
We will brief the Board further on the efforts to stop the initiatives at the Board meeting on Friday.
California Dialysis Council, 2973 Harbor Blvd, #295, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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