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California revives bill to cap dialysis pay
Modern Healthcare

The California Legislature has revived an insurer-backed bill to cap dialysis pay at Medicare rates if industry-backed third parties have helped a patient pay for the insurance to fund treatment and don’t give certain disclosures.

The new momentum has picked up less than a year after then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure amid intense opposition from the dialysis industry.

Late Tuesday, the Assembly Health Committee approved the proposal to prevent industry-sourced money from funding private insurance premiums for dialysis patients. Committee Chair Jim Wood, a Democrat, sponsored the bill and it was expected to pass. It heads next to the body’s Appropriations Committee, signaling that this year’s legislative session will mean more expensive lobbying for the dialysis industry.