CHA News Article

Campaign to Defeat Anti-MICRA Ballot Initiative Will Host Media Trainings

Representatives from the campaign coalition working to defeat the anti-Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) initiative on the November ballot will conduct speaker’s bureau and media trainings next month throughout the state. Each two-hour training will provide an overview of campaign messaging and allow attendees to participate in role playing that will help prepare them for public discussion of the issues related to MICRA and the importance of defeating the ballot initiative. Trainings will be held:

  • June 11 – La Jolla
  • June 16 – Bakersfield
  • June 17 – Fresno

For location information and to RSVP, contact AJ Kennedy at (916) 448-7992, ext. 3, or akennedy@micra.org.

If the initiative passes, the cap on non-economic (pain-and-suffering) damages will quadruple from $250,000 to $1.1 million, with annual increases. The initiative will also require hospitals to conduct random drug and alcohol testing of all medical staff members, as well as testing following adverse events. Drafted with no input from the health care community, the proposed measure contains other provisions that will increase costs, threaten the privacy of personal prescription drug information and jeopardize people’s ability to see their trusted health care providers. CHA urges all hospitals to oppose this measure by joining Patients and Providers to Protect Access and Contain Health Costs, the campaign coalition working to defeat this measure.

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