2018 VOTER GUIDE: A look at California's Prop 8: Dialysis clinics' revenue limits and required refunds

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
2018 VOTER GUIDE: A look at California's Proposition 8
In the November election, California voters will decide on 11 propositions. Here's everything you need to know about Prop 8. (Courtesy of CALmatters.org)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In the November election, California voters decided on 11 propositions.

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Regulates amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics charge for dialysis treatment. Initiative statute.


A "YES" votes supports requiring kidney dialysis clinics to refund to patients or their insurance providers any revenue above 115% of the cost of direct patient care and healthcare improvements. Backers believe it would incentivize clinics to invest in facility improvements and worker training.

Some analysts see Prop. 8 as the latest fight in the battle for SEIU to unionize workers at California's two, largest dialysis providers, DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care.


Supporters of Prop. 8 collected enough signatures of registered voters to qualify it as a ballot measure.


California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), California Labor Federation, United Healthcare Workers West (Part of SEIU)


California Medical Association, National Kidney Foundation, DaVita Dialysis, American Renal Management LLC


State and Local Governments could save millions per year in reduced patient care costs. State could face a higher cost of ensuring compliance with the law. This could be offset by higher licensing fees.

*NOTE: All information regarding donations as backers or opponents of a ballot measure reflects financial disclosures made to California's Secretary of State as of September 7, 2018.

LEARN MORE: CALmatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California's state Capitol works and why it matters. Check out the CALmatters 2018 Election Guide

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