SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — For a third straight election, California voters are being asked to vote on a measure to regulate dialysis clinics across the state. Ads for and against Proposition 29 have been running non-stop for the past several months.
The two previous efforts to regulate dialysis clinics have failed, so what’s different this time around?
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What is Prop 29?
The measure would change the state’s health code to require dialysis clinics to have a licensed medical professional on-site during treatment or, in some cases, available virtually during treatments.
It would also establish other state requirements for clinics, including requiring them to disclose all physicians who hold ownership interests of 5% or more to their patients and requiring clinics to report infection data. in the state.
It would also prohibit clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment.
So, what is different from the previous two measures?
Not a lot. It’s nearly identical to the failed 2020 measure, but supporters say they made some changes after receiving feedback from voters in 2020.
Proponents say the industry makes billions of dollars each year, but does not reinvest those profits in patient care.
Opponents, however, say it is just another effort by union organizers to get the industry to organize its workers. The SEIU union is a major supporter of this measure and has supported the previous two measures.
Who supports the accessory?
Proposition 29 is supported by the California Democratic Party and SEIU United Healthcare Workers West.
Who is against the accessory?
National and state dialysis organizations, some local medical groups, and large dialysis companies, including DaVita and Fresenius.
What about the Democratic and Republican parties?
The California Democratic Party supports the measure. The California Republican Party is against the measure.
What happens if the proposal is accepted?
Dialysis clinics would face additional regulations. Opponents say this could force some clinics to close. Note: supporters of the measure have not specified whether or not they will put a fourth measure on the 2024 ballot if this measure fails.
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