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MICRA Under Attack

By in Breaking News on April 1, 2014

Today in California, trial lawyers are waging an aggressive campaign to weaken or overturn California’s landmark Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).

California’s trial attorneys recently launched an all-out assault on California’s historic tort reform law, which since 1975 has helped keep malpractice premiums in-check and ensure that California’s patients have access to affordable health care.

California’s critical MICRA protections are a national success story, safeguarding patients and their access to care for almost 40 years. Trial lawyers are backing risky reforms that would impede the ability to provide critical care for California’s most vulnerable citizens.

If successful, the trial attorneys’ efforts will cause malpractice rates to skyrocket, and recreate the same conditions that threatened to throw California’s health care system into crisis during the early 1970s.

Physicians will be victorious in this fight, but in order to do so, we need your help.

What is MICRA?

The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA) is a series of statutes crafted to ensure that injured patients are fairly compensated, medical liability rates are kept in check, and physicians and clinics can remain in practice treating patients. The law has been targeted by the trial lawyers because it restricts the amount of money they can collect in damage awards. READ MORE

Why is MICRA important?

Today, MICRA is still working to restrain premium rates in California, while states without liability reform are seeing dramatically higher premiums. Because of MICRA, California has a system that is affordable, pays patients for their full economic and medical losses, and promotes patient safety and improved patient care. READ MORE

We need your help to protect the practice of medicine in California!

Donate now: A large-scale MICRA fight will be an extremely costly undertaking. CMA is urging all physicians to consider a donation to CMA’s political action committee (CALPAC), which for the last 38 years has served as the first line of defense for California’s historic physician protections. DONATE TODAY

Join CMA: By joining CMA, you will help to ensure that the voice of California physicians is heard loud and clear in the Capitol and beyond. Together, our unified voice can move mountains. JOIN TODAY

Become a Key Contact: CMA has some of the best lobbyists, lawyers and other advocates in the Capitol, but the most powerful weapon in advancing the cause of physicians and their patients is you. Hearing from a physician with experience from the frontlines of medicine can make all the difference for a legislator facing a complicated health care issue such as MICRA. SIGN UP TODAY

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