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California Senate Bill 977 – California Legislature Considers Major Expansion of State Approval Requirements Targeting Private Equity and Hedge Fund Acquisitions of Health Care Delivery Assets

California Senate Bill 977 (“S.B. 977”) aims to increase oversight of consolidation and anticompetitive behavior in California’s health care market and would impose new requirements on private investors as well as health care systems seeking to acquire health care facilities or providers. S.B. 977 would also confer broad discretion on the California Attorney General in approving reported transactions based on impacts on access and affordability of health care services. Behind the bill are concerns about acquisition activity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and about consequences of pre-pandemic market concentration of hospital systems and private investment in physician services and in financially distressed health systems.

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