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News Story
8/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
One of the Capitol's longest-running battles – over the state's $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits – is heating up again. Consumer Attorneys of California, whose members press malpractice suits, wants the Legislature to lift the cap or repeal it. Meanwhile, a wealthy man whose children...
Video
8/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says there is too much secrecy in the Affordable Care Act contract process. He is supportng legislation that would reduce the secrecy. He also talks to NBC4's Conan Nolan about the controversial "MICRA" CAP.
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7/31/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Buoyed by support from the consumer advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog, Danville father Bob Packs has formally submitted a measure to the state that would raise the medical malpractice awards cap for non-economic injuries, a move sure to inflame tensions on a longstanding debate. The initiative would require several policy changes targeted at...
News Story
7/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, a consumer advocacy group filed a proposed ballot initiative that aims to eliminate a cap on damages under California's medical malpractice law, the Sacramento Bee reports (White, Sacramento Bee, 7/26). Background The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act was enacted in 1975 to protect health care providers from increasing...
Blog Post
7/25/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
We just wanted to let you know that we have filed a ballot measure that has been 37 years in the making. If we collect about 750,000 valid signatures, voters will have a chance to adjust for inflation a three and a half decade-old cap on the value of a child's life if he or she is killed by medical negligence -- a $250,000 limit that has never...
News Release
7/25/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Danville, CA -- Bob Pack, who lost his seven year old daughter and ten year old son on a roadside nine years ago, filed a ballot measure in California today to address the drug overdose and physician accountability issues at the heart of his family’s tragedy. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, which will require 504,760 valid...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The fight to lift the 40-year-old cap on pain and suffering damages is headed for voters, unless the Legislature can help find a compromise. But that seems unlikely. SACRAMENTO -- You don't need to be a Nobel economist to understand that dollars today aren't anything close to their worth four decades ago. Gasoline, real estate, medical...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The drive to raise the amount victims can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits may be going to California's ballot box. A coalition that includes the Consumer Attorneys of California, an organization representing trial lawyers, has been lobbying the Legislature aggressively this year to lift a $250,000 ceiling on pain and suffering damages...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog and the father of two children killed by a drug-abusing driver have taken the first step toward waging an initiative campaign to raise limits on medical malpractice "pain and suffering" jury awards. The proposed law, which was submitted for title and summary to the attorney general's...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A Danville man whose two children were slain by a drugged driver in 2003 has filed a proposed ballot measure that would raise the cap on damages in medical-negligence lawsuits and force doctors to be more careful in handing out prescriptions. Bob Pack, supported by the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group, says the measure would prevent other families...