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Historic Agreement on Medical Injury Law Puts Californians First

For nearly five decades, California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has been a bulwark — protecting affordable access to quality care. Over the years, however, a growing concern — over the longstanding $250,000 cap on non-economic damages — began to arise from attorneys seeking greater compensation for injured patients. 

Bringing the Hospital Voice to Washington

It’s been more than two years since the American Hospital Association held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. — and this past week presented an important opportunity for hospital leaders from across the country to connect with one another and to personally deliver vital messages to policymakers at the highest levels of our nation’s government.  […]

Abundance of Revenue May Trigger State Spending Limits

Even though the state will bring in billions of dollars in surplus revenue this year, its ability to spend those additional dollars may be more limited than it has been for many years. This unique challenge facing the Legislature and administration as they craft the 2022-23 state budget is being driven by a voter-approved requirement […]

Care for All Means Care for ALL

Our state is home to nearly 11 million immigrants, more than any other in the nation, and immigrants account for 28% of California’s population. Policies that sow fear or confusion among our immigrant communities are antithetical and detrimental to the mission of hospitals: Caring for the sick and healing the injured, regardless of a patient’s […]

The Middle Innings of the Legislative Cycle

If California’s legislative session — which runs from January through the end of September — can be looked at as a nine-inning baseball game, we’re just weeks away from the middle three innings. That means legislative priorities are coming into sharper focus and strategy is beginning to turn to tactics. 

Author
  • Carmela Coyle
    President & CEO, California Hospital Association, Sacramento