Defending MICRA - Again; Help Protect Access and Control Health Care Costs for CA Patients

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February 12, 2020

 

Defending MICRA - Again

Help Protect Access and Control Health Care Costs for California Patients

 

  

 <https://protectmicra.org/> ProtectMicra.org

 

An anti-MICRA initiative has been filed for the November 2020 ballot by
wealthy out-of-state trial attorneys. This initiative would substantially
raise health care costs for all Californians, reduce access to health care,
and exploit patients for profit.

 

While most reporting to date has focused on the proposed changes to
California's existing law-the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act
(MICRA)-this misguided initiative would effectively eliminate California's
medical lawsuit limits to create new financial windfalls for California's
trial lawyers.

 

Proponents of this measure must collect 623,212 valid signatures, which must
be verified no later than June 25, 2020. Recent reports show that they're on
track to meet those numbers and qualify for the November ballot, which is
why we need your commitment to oppose this dangerous initiative now more
than ever.

 

In 2014, our coalition worked with CMA to fight and handily defeat
Proposition 46, clearly saying NO to changes in MICRA that would have
quadrupled the cap on non-economic damages. This measure goes far beyond
what Proposition 46 would have done and the cost to taxpayers would be
substantially greater. As recently noted by the independent Legislative
Analyst Office, the "Fairness for Injured Patients Act" will cost California
taxpayers tens of millions "to high hundreds of millions of dollars
annually" in health care costs.

 

Proposition 46 taught us the power of a strong coalition, and this time
around it will be even more important. To learn more about the new
initiative, and to donate to the "NO" campaign, please visit
www.protectmicra.org <http://www.protectmicra.org> .

 

 

Brian Potts MD, MBA
Managing Editor, CAL/AAEM News Service

 

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