Dialysis Clinic Staffing Ratio Bill Stopped

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A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that could have substantially increased health care costs, without offering significant improvements in health outcomes or patient access is dead for the year.

On September 8, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced that he would not bring up his bill, SB 349, for a vote on the Assembly Floor before the end of session. Senator Lara did promise to bring the bill up in 2018 after conducting stakeholder meetings.

SB 349 would have set staffing ratios for California dialysis facilities at a ratio stricter than any in the entire country. The bill also mandated the Department of Public Health to issue regulations setting an appropriate minimum transition time between dialysis patients and if one was not set by 2020, the bill mandated a 45-minute transition time between dialysis patients.

CalChamber opposed SB 349 because it would have significantly increased health care costs, reduced the availability of dialysis clinics and patient shifts at clinics and resulted in job losses with no clear evidence of a clinical benefit to patients.

Staff Contact: Karen Sarkissian

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Karen Sarkissian
About Karen Sarkissian
Karen Sarkissian joined the CalChamber as a policy advocate for health care and education issues in July 2016. For more than 12 years, she was an attorney at the Sacramento firm of Poswall, White & Cutler, recognized nationally for its success in obtaining favorable outcomes for clients on a wide range of issues. She holds dual B.A.s in political science and rhetoric and communication from the University of California, Davis, and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where she was an author and editor of the McGeorge Law Review.