House Committee Approves Tort Reform Bill; Help Keep the Momentum Going

May 19, 2011

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Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved tort reform legislation that would cap noneconomic damages at $250,000 and place a three-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims.

The AAN is encouraging members to help keep this momentum moving forward and contact their members of Congress to let them know they support true medical malpractice reform.

Skyrocketing insurance premiums have forced physicians to practice defensive medicine more than ever. Many neurologists feel forced to perform additional tests, limit services, retire early, or even move their family to states where reforms have made premiums more tolerable.

The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that caps on malpractice damages could reduce federal health care spending by $34 billion over 10 years, making this an easy and important step that policymakers should take to alleviate undue burdens physicians face on a daily basis.

Join hundreds of other Academy members and contact your representatives in the U.S. House and Senate and tell them to pass true medical malpractice reform!

Contact Congress now.