Judge blocks California law on dialysis clinics

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SANTA ANA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked enforcement of a California law aimed at preventing increased billing costs at dialysis clinics. There is "a dire public interest" in granting a preliminary injunction that would bar enforcement for months while a lawsuit against it proceeds through the courts, Judge David O. Carter said. If Assembly Bill 290 is permitted to take effect before it is reviewed, "thousands of California HIPP recipients — who number among the poorest and most medically vulnerable of all Californians—may not be able to afford the dialysis treatments that keep them alive (or may be forced to dedicate all of their scant financial resources to medical care) and may face further delays in receiving a transplant," Carter wrote. HIPP refers to the Health Ins
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