Lawmakers in Florida are proposing a controversial bill that would put a $300,000 cap on non-economic damages in wrongful death cases involving nursing homes.
The House Judiciary Committee has approved a key tort reform bill. The panel voted 18-15 late last week to advance the measure on to the full House.
President Obama is asking the Justice Department for $250 million in grants to help states write and implement new medical malpractice laws to help lower healthcare costs.
The full House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday worked on shaping a new version of the most high-profile tort-reform bill offered in recent years. The committee marked up the medical liability reform bill called Help Accessible, Efficient, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced the bill in the House on Jan. 24 and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) introduced a companion measure on Jan. 27.
Republicans are scheduled to participate in a televised showdown with President Obama on healthcare reform on Feb. 25.
The government could save as much as $54 billion over 10 years by enacting medical malpractice reforms, according to a recently released analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.
President Obama last Thursday authorized $25 million for pilot programs to investigate tort reform options.