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We are proactively monitoring and intervening in legislative issues that affect access and quality of neurological care and reimbursement. Our committees provide input to lawmakers in Sacramento about the concerns of neurologists and the patients under our care.
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Umang Shah, Ilana Spokoyny, Chris Hemond
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Palatucci Award Winner - Ilana Spokoyny
"2013 CSI NEUROLOGY & ANNUAL MEETING"
Today, Robert Pack (who has aligned himself with Consumer Watchdog and Consumer Attorneys of California) filed a ballot measure for November 2014 to change MICRA. The measure contains a provision to force a cost of living adjustment to MICRA's $250,000 cap on non-economic damages. This provision will have the effect of increasing the non-economic damages cap to over $1.2 million if passed, with a mandated cost of living adjustment going forward. Filing a ballot measure with the Attorney General is just the first step in a long and expensive process to qualify a measure for the ballot.
The measure filed includes other provisions serving as "window dressing" relating to physician drug testing and prescription drugs. But make no mistake, the main purpose is to change MICRA to make it easier for lawyers to file lawsuits against doctors, hospitals, community clinics, and other health care providers, and generate big paydays for themselves. The measure would increase costs for consumers by billions of dollars per year while reducing patient access to health care providers.
Read CAPP's press release in response to this anti-consumer measure here.
This is not unexpected news for CAPP. We have organized a campaign team to take the immediate first steps to fight a ballot measure. We will be monitoring events very closely and, if the trial lawyers proceed to collect signatures and qualify this measure for the ballot, our coalition of physicians, hospitals, nurses, dentists, community clinics, local governments, labor unions, public safety, and business groups will mount a vigorous campaign to defeat the measure.
We will be back in touch soon with a review of the ballot measure and more information on how you and your organization can get involved. We will need your help if this measure goes forward.
In the meantime, please don't hesitate to call or email if you should have any questions.
Please help us spread this around by posting on Facebook and tweeting about it. Some sample tweets are below:
- Trial lawyer changes to #MICRA should be rejected, will increase meritless lawsuits and health care costs. Via SacBee bit.ly/12YDbil
- If the trial lawyers win, patients, families, health care, providers, hospitals, clinics, businesses, taxpayers, all lose.#MICRA bit.ly/12YDbil
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