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Recently, the California Legislature made a series of major revisions to Assembly Bill 3129 (“AB 3129” or “the Bill”), a highly anticipated piece of legislation expected to have a substantial impact on transactions in California’s healthcare space.  Although Epstein Becker Green has previously discussed the Bill (see original post here, as well as a first update here), this blog post will discuss the legislature’s most recent revisions on June 19 and June 27.

Why Assembly Bill 3129 Was Introduced

The Bill was introduced by Assembly Member Wood and is supported by Attorney General Bonta in response to growing concerns about the increasing involvement of private equity and hedge funds in California’s healthcare sector. As private equity firms have increasingly acquired healthcare facilities and provider groups, California’s legislature wants to strengthen oversight to ensure that these transactions are conducted in a transparent manner that protects patients, ensures access, and preserves affordability.

What the Bill Will Do

AB 3129 seeks to address these concerns by requiring private equity groups and hedge funds to provide written notice to, and obtain the written consent of, the Attorney General before engaging in any change of control or acquisition involving healthcare facilities, provider groups, or nonphysician providers. This includes changes of control, acquisitions, or agreements that may impact healthcare services or access.

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