SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's Attorney General is asking the state Legislature to give him the power to block hospital mergers he said would limit competition and drive up prices.
The bill is headed for a vote this week.
It's one of the hundreds of bills lawmakers will consider in the final week of a coronavirus-shortened session.
The California Hospital Association opposes the bill, arguing it would give the Attorney General too much power.
But Attorney General Xavier Becerra said it is important he provides more oversight as more and more hospitals and health providers are consolidating.