Special interests are pushing legislation in California that could dangerously jeopardize access to care for patients on dialysis. These two bills in the Legislature would harm vulnerable patients who depend on dialysis to survive.
SB 1156 (Leyva), sponsored by big insurance companies, would effectively prohibit low-income dialysis patients from receiving charitable premium assistance they need to afford insurance coverage. Insurance companies want to push dialysis patients off their private insurance plans – jeopardizing their access to life-saving and vital treatments.
SB 349 (Lara) would impose arbitrary and bureaucratic staffing regulations that would reduce access to care for dialysis patients while increasing costs to Medi-Cal and the overall healthcare system in California.