09/27/2013

MICRA legislation fails to materialize


The 2013 legislative session came to a close without the introduction of legislation backed by trial attorneys to raise the MICRA cap on non-economic damages. 

CDA and partners in the coalition, Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP), actively worked to communicate to legislators the importance of maintaining current provisions of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, which ensures injured patients receive fair compensation, while stabilizing liability costs.

Trial lawyers have filed two ballot measures for the November 2014 ballot that would quadruple MICRA’s non-economic damages cap from $250,000 to $1.1 million, which would raise health care costs, reduce access to care and allow trial lawyers to make more in legal fees.

The CAPP coalition has established a campaign committee, which has more than $30 million in the bank to fight the initiative if it ends up on the ballot, with additional commitments in the tens of millions. The coalition will also closely monitor legislative activity when lawmakers reconvene at the beginning of the year.

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