Legislative movement for CANP and CAPA Prop 46 and SB 1083
Dear CANP Leaders,
Many thanks to those of you who have been able to attend one of the recent media training sessions presented by Patients and Providers to Protect Access and Contain Health Costs, the coalition that has been formed to oppose Proposition 46. The campaign has now scheduled a training session in webinar form, meaning you can attend and take part from the comfort of your own home! The webinar takes place Monday, September 8 beginning at 6 p.m.
Prop 46 is the trial lawyer-backed statewide ballot initiative that would quadruple the non-economic damages cap on California's successful Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). The ballot initiative would make it easier and more profitable for lawyers to sue health care providers, while increasing costs for providers and consumers and reducing access to healthcare. These training sessions have been planned in order to promote unified messaging in opposition to the initiative. During the September 8 webinar, representatives from the coalition will review new poll tested messages, spend time going through detailed campaign material and cover tough questions & answers.
CANP's participation as part of this coalition is a prime opportunity to elevate the organization's profile as a prominent voice in the healthcare realm. Participation in these media training sessions
represents one more way in which CANP can take a leading role on this issue. We hope you will
consider taking advantage of this opportunity.
If you are interested in attending the webinar, please contact me via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I will contact the coalition on your behalf to make your reservation for the session, and will then forward to you the information you'll need to access the webinar.
Stephanie Nied Tseu
CANP Grassroots Coordinator
Great News! Senate Bill 1083, the CAPA sponsored bill which would authorize physician assistants (PAs) to certify a claim for short-term disability insurance benefits through the Employment Development Department has reached the Governor's desk. CAPA's expert Legislative Team have really worked this bill and thanks to your help along the way, it is now in the hands of the Governor. The Governor needs to hear from you, your supervising physician, friends and colleagues.
We urge you to take just 2 minutes to click on the links below and send an email to Governor Brown. Please send the message (already composed for you) and let the Governor know this bill corrects current inconsistencies with our scope of practice given that California law explicitly permits PAs to act as an agent of their supervising physician. SB 1083 would increase access to much needed benefits for our patients and streamline office functions. CAPA is working every day for California PAs. SB 1083 is an important piece of legislation. Let's work together to ensure that PAs are added to the list of those currently authorized to certify claims for Disability Insurance (DI). This list now includes: licensed medical or osteopathic physicians, medical officer of a U.S. Government facility, chiropractor, podiatrist, optometrist, dentist, psychologist, nurse practitioner (after examination and collaboration with a physician and/or surgeon), licensed mid-wife, nurse-midwife, or nurse practitioner (for normal pregnancy or child-birth), or an accredited religious practitioner.
Click the link below to log in and send your message: https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/capa/JFK8bEF4r.aspx