California’s governor dealt a blow to dialysis companies over the weekend when he signed into law a bill that limits the reimbursement they receive for kidney disease patients who get insurance premium assistance from third-party organizations.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill, known as Assembly Bill 290, in the face of intense opposition from dialysis companies DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care, which together control most of California’s dialysis clinics. A similar measure was vetoed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown last year. The companies have argued the legislation would increase patients’ out-of-pocket medical costs and hinder their access to care.