California Proposition 214, Regulations on Healthcare Providers (1996)
If Proposition 214 had been approved, it would have established additional regulations on how health care businesses in the state operated. Specifically, it would have:
- Prohibited health care businesses from denying recommended care without a physical examination.
- Required the state to set more comprehensive staffing standards for more types of health care facilities.
- Prohibited health care businesses from using financial incentives to withhold medically appropriate care.
- Increased protections for certain health care employees and contractors.
- Required health care businesses to make various types of information available to the public.
Text of measure
The official ballot summary that appeared on the ballot said:
- Prohibits health care businesses from: discouraging health care professionals from informing patients or advocating for treatment; offering incentives for withholding care; refusing services recommended by licensed caregiver without examination by business's own professional.
- Requires health care businesses to: make tax returns and other financial information public; disclose certain financial information to consumers including administrative costs; establish criteria for authorizing or denying payment for care; provide for minimum safe and adequate staffing of health care facilities.
- Authorizes public/private enforcement actions. Provides penalties for repeated violations. Defines 'health insurer."
The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 214. That estimate was:
- "Increased state and local government costs for existing health care programs and benefits, probably in the range of tens of millions to hundreds of millions of dollars annually, depending on several factors."
- Official Voter Guide to Proposition 214
- Full text of Proposition 214
- November 5, 1996 California election results (PDF)
- PDF of the paper version of the November 5, 1996 Ballot Propositions Voter Guide