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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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In our ongoing series of blog posts, we examine key negotiating points for tenants in triple net health care leases. We also offer suggestions for certain lease provisions that will protect tenants from overreaching and unfair expenses, overly burdensome obligations, and ambiguous terms with respect to the rights and responsibilities of the parties. These suggestions are intended to result in efficient lease negotiations and favorable lease terms from a tenant’s perspective. In our first two blog posts, we considered the importance of negotiating initial terms and renewal ...

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On March 13, 2024, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act No. 9 (“SEA 9”) which will amend the Indiana Code with respect to notice of health care entity mergers and acquisitions.

The measure, effective July 1, 2024, adds a new Chapter 8.5 to the Indiana Code providing in Section 4(a) that “[a]n Indiana health care entity that is involved in a merger or acquisition with another health care entity with total assets, including combined entities and holdings, of at least ten million dollars ($10,000,000) shall, at least ninety (90) days prior to the merger or ...

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On February 28, 2024, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly by the State Senate and House of Representatives that would require the executive director of the Office of Health Strategy to develop a plan concerning private equity firms acquiring or holding an ownership interest in health care facilities in the state.

Raised HB 5319, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Gordon (R) and Sen. Saud Anwar (D), was referred to the state’s Joint Committee on Public Health. A public hearing was held on March 6.

This legislation, and related bills around the country, are ...

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On December 6, 2023, Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Chair Sheldon Whitehouse (D.-R.I.) announced a new bipartisan investigation into private equity ownership in hospitals—just ahead of a new plan by the Biden-Harris Administration to crack down on anticompetitive practices in health care.

Under the Biden plan, announced December 7, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will seek input on how private equity is affecting the health care of Americans and the ...

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An increasing number of states are requiring advance notice of health care transactions.  These requirements may delay transactions or result in confidential information becoming accessible to the public. Effective August 1, 2023, New York[1] enacted legislation that requires health care entities involved in material transaction(s) to provide written notice to the New York Department of Health at least 30 days prior to the closing of the transaction. In enacting the legislation, New York joined Connecticut[2], Massachusetts[3], Nevada[4], Oregon[5], Rhode Island[6], and ...

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