On March 24, 2014, Consumer Watchdog and the state trial lawyers filed signatures to qualify an initiative for the November 2014 ballot aimed at gutting California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). The initiative seeks to more than quadruple MICRA’s cap on non-economic damages, lifting the amount to roughly $1.2 million. The initiative also contains provisions regarding drug testing of physicians and the state’s prescription drug database that proponents have said were only added because they polled well and are the “ultimate sweetener.”

With the trial lawyers’ signatures submitted, the fight to defend MICRA begins in earnest. The signatures cannot be withdrawn and once they have been validated, the initiative will head to the November 2014 ballot.

It is critical for all physicians to understand the full impact of what the trial lawyers are proposing and the tremendous harm to access to care that would be caused by diverting billions of dollars from health care delivery into the pockets of trial lawyers. Click here to learn more about the proposed initiative – including how you can help.