The California Medical Association (CMA), California Hospital Association (CHA) and California Dental Association (CDA) Professional Liability Amicus Curiae Committee (AC Committee) was formed in 1988 for the purpose of submitting Amicus Curiae briefs in important cases affecting the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA). Since the constitutionality of MICRA was decided in 1985, the courts have been increasingly faced with questions concerning its implementation.
Beginning in 2008, we have seen a wave of new constitutional attacks being waged. It is crucial that the courts asked to interpret MICRA have a complete understanding of the implications of their decisions. The AC Committee has submitted many briefs since its inception and has had a significant impact on the courts in interpreting MICRA statutes consistent with legislative intent to moderate medical liability premiums, to stabilize the medical liability insurance market, and to thereby ensure continuing access to health care in California. The Committee has also expanded into other areas relevant to professional liability issues.
The current participants on the AC Committee include the California Medical Association, California Hospital Association, California Dental Association, The Regents of the University of California, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, NORCAL, The Doctors’ Company, MIEC, CAP-MPT, and MemorialCare Health System.