Federal Medical Liability Tort Reform Legislation Passes U.S. House of Representatives

June 30, 2017 by matray

On June 28, the U.S. House of Represen-tatives voted 218 to 210 in favor of House Resolution 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act, which would cap noneconomic damages in medical liability lawsuits at $250,000, among other provisions. The Protecting Access to Care Act models the reforms found in California’s… Continue reading...

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The GOP Plan to Protect Doctors from Frivolous Lawsuits

March 22, 2017 by matray

If one wanted to divine how the GOP intends to address medical professional liability in its yet-to-be-determined replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one place to look would be the legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe in January. “When I came to D.C., the Republican Study Committee asked me… Continue reading...

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Federalism & Tort Reform

June 1, 2011 by matray

side note: If you are a political junkie and follower of medical professional liability tort reform, this is a contradiction that cannot be ignored. Democrats and trial lawyers have long been in cahoots; Republicans have consistently been on the side of doctors when it comes to tort reform. Thing is,… Continue reading...

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Virginia Governor Vetoes Damage Cap Compromise, General Assembly Overrides Veto

May 16, 2011 by matray

By an overwhelming majority, the Republican-ruled Virginia House of Delegates rejected Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s veto of a bill that would boost the limit on court awards in medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill represented a compromise among Virginia’s doctors, insurers and attorneys with strong bipartisan support in the House and… Continue reading...

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National Conference of State Legislators Sends Letter to Congress in opposition of proposed ‘HEALTH Act of 2011’ Tort reforms

May 9, 2011 by matray

Last month, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) wrote a letter to both the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Health expressing “strong, bipartisan opposition to the passage of the latest federal medical malpractice legislation, HR 5, the ‘Help Efficient Accessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act… Continue reading...

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New York Gov. Cuomo Proposes Malpractice Damage Cap As Means to Shore-up Budget, Loses Fight with Assembly

April 7, 2011 by matray

Declaring New York State “functionally bankrupt” in February, newly-elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $132.9 billion budget that would reduce year-to-year spending for the first time in more than a decade. Key to his proposal was slashing the state’s projected healthcare spending, specifically cutting $2.85 billion in Medicaid funding for… Continue reading...

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Malpractice Immunity & Evidence-Based Medicine

March 29, 2011 by matray

side note: Here is an article that shows the conflict of interest that is inherent in our current system of medical liability, and outlines a reform idea worth closer inspection. While sovereign immunity is doubtful, it is an academic argument worth exploring. It's been a year since health care reform… Continue reading...

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Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Formed in House of Representatives

March 3, 2011 by matray

On Feb. 10, Representatives Bob Good-latte and Dan Boren announced the creation of a bipartisan legal reform caucus, the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus. Goodlatte and Boren will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed caucus. According to the congressmen, the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus will serve as a forum for… Continue reading...

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North Carolina Lawmakers Debate Medical Malpractice Award Cap

February 17, 2011 by matray

side note: On the heels of Wisconsin, here's another new republican majority working to further the tortreform agenda. Should be an interesting process to watch. North Carolina lawmakers have begun what promises to be a long fight over medical malpractice laws as insurance and medical services companies square off against… Continue reading...

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President Obama Starts Drive For Medical Malpractice Reforms

February 16, 2011 by matray

side note: No shocker here. None of the $250 million can be used for implementing damage caps (like the Republican HEALTH Act seeks), but the President is in favor of states implementing ideas like health courts. WASHINGTON (AP) - Putting his own stamp on a long-standing Republican priority, President Barack… Continue reading...

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