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House Panel Set To Mark Up Medical Malpractice Legislation This Week

Meanwhile, in Oregon, GOP lawmakers may be stepping back from their tort reform push.

The Hill: Energy And Commerce To Take Up Malpractice Bill Next Week
The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to mark up a medical malpractice bill next week. The bill would cap non-economic damages at $250,000 and set a stature of limitations for malpractice suits (Baker, 5/6).

The Lund Report (Oregon): Republicans Back Off Tort Reform Demands
Republicans on the committee to transform the Oregon Health Plan signaled this week they might be willing to back off their immediate demands for tort reform. ... Efforts to reduce the costs of defensive medicine and medical malpractice insurance have historically been some of the most intractable issues at the state capitol. Just this year, lawmakers proposed a bill that would cap non-economic damages (HB 3228) and another that would create a panel of experts to review pending malpractice cases (HB 3519). But both those efforts died (Rosenfeld, 5/6). 

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