Senate Pro tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) recently introduced SB 1429, a so-called “spot bill” that is intended to gut California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) of its protections and lift the cap on non-economic damages. As a spot bill, SB 1429 currently contains no specific changes to MICRA, reading only that it “is the intent of the Legislature to bring interested parties together to develop a legislative solution to issues surrounding medical malpractice injury compensation.” It is expected that the bill will be amended to call for specific changes to MICRA, including an increase of the $250,000 cap on non-economic damages.

SB 1429 illustrates just how important it is to have strong allies in the Legislature. In the coming election, CMA’s political action committee, CALPAC, has the opportunity to support four physicians seeking public office, either in Washington, D.C., or Sacramento. CALPAC is also actively engaged in defeating trial lawyer backed candidates around California. In order to back candidates such as these, who will remain committed to the defense of both MICRA and the house of medicine as a whole, the CMA needs your continued support.
To Donate to CALPAC visit www.calpac.org.

For more information about MICRA and what you can do to help in the fight, visit www.cmanet.org/micra.