January 30, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Licensing & Regulatory Issues MICRA Practice Management
The California Medical Association (CMA)-led coalition working to protect California’s landmark Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has published a patient education brochure to help inform California voters about the ballot initiative being pushed by trial attorneys. The ballot measure would impact access to care for patients, causing community health centers and physician offices across the state to close.
The pamphlet, available in English and Spanish, can be distributed to patients during office visits and will be accompanied by talking points for physicians so you can have meaningful conversations with patients on the real impacts the proposed ballot measure would have, if passed.
California trial lawyers are attempting to lift MICRA’s cap on speculative, non-economic damages, presenting ballot language that seeks to more than quadruple the maximum award for non-economic damages to roughly $1.1 million. A change like that would mean increased health care costs for everyone, and decreased access to care that so many patients count on.
The well-funded opponents, led by the trial lawyers, have already poured over a million dollars into the campaign to undo MICRA. The threat against MICRA is more serious now than it has ever been, which is why together, with nearly 1,000 organizations dedicated to protecting MICRA, we must fight back.
There is no doubt that physicians understand how catastrophic a measure like this would be for access to affordable health care. To win this fight, voters, our patients – those we interact with everyday in our practices – must understand the fact that protecting MICRA goes hand-in-hand with protecting access to quality health care in California.
If you would like to receive brochures for your office, please contact Yna Shimabukuro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 551-2567.