CDA members help defeat Proposition 46

California voters overwhelmingly defeated Proposition 46 in the November 4th general election, a ballot measure that would have dramatically increased health care costs and reduced patients' access to care by raising the payouts in lawsuits against dentists and other health care providers.

As of Nov. 5, the vote tally for Proposition 46 is:

Yes -- 32.9%
No -- 67.1%

CDA and a coalition of more than 600 organizations consisting of health providers, labor, business, local governments, community clinics and many others worked diligently during the past year and a half to educate voters about the dangers and true intent of Proposition 46. While proponents attempted to confuse voters with provisions on drug testing of physicians and prescription drug monitoring, the main goal of the measure was to quadruple the cap on non-economic damages under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).

"CDA is very proud to have been a member of the broad, diverse and effective coalition opposing Proposition 46," said CDA President James Stephens, DDS. "We have made a strong and convincing statement about our commitment to protecting accessible health care for patients and we are pleased that voters clearly saw the initiative as an attempt by trial lawyers to pad their pockets."

The No on 46 campaign was a sophisticated, multi-faceted effort that included statewide TV and radio ads, extensive social media and press outreach, and a robust grassroots outreach program.

The campaign provided informational materials at no cost to all members of the coalition and CDA members played a crucial role in distributing these to patients in their offices and informing colleagues of the measure's potential impact.

"We saw strong participation from our members through community outreach and I would like to express my gratitude to our members for those efforts," said Stephens. "That kind of activism throughout our coalition contributed in a major way to the defeat of this initiative."

While the Proposition 46 results are clear rejection of the proponents' attack on MICRA, CDA and its coalition partners will continue its work ensuring the Legislature and the public understand why MICRA is essential to preserving access to health care in California.