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Calif. ballot issue heats up discussion over med-mal caps
Modern Healthcare

The debate in California over raising the cap on noneconomic damage awards in medical malpractice suits to account for inflation reminds many physicians of one of their biggest complaints about Obamacare—that it did not include damage caps or other limits on medical liability suits.

The arguments for and against caps are guaranteed to be the topic of renewed discussion now that California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has certified a ballot initiative to raise the state’s cap on pain and suffering damages from $250,000 to about $1.1 million to account for inflation. The measure will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The cap has not changed in the nearly 40 years since the law was passed.

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