House Bill To Cap Med Mal Damages Clears Committee

Law360, Los Angeles (March 1, 2017, 7:58 PM EST) -- A House committee on Tuesday advanced a tort reform bill that would put a nationwide cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases arising out of federally funded health care and would limit the fees plaintiffs attorneys can receive for winning such suits.

H.R. 1215 narrowly passed the House Judiciary Committee in an 18-17 vote and would create the Protecting Access to Care Act, limiting payouts for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering at $250,000 for any individual who receives medical care "provided in whole or in part via a federal program, subsidy or tax benefit" such as Medicare, Medicaid...

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