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Monday, January 31, 2011

TMA ENDORSES CONGRESSMAN SMITH'S NATIONWIDE TORT BILL WITH KEY CAVEAT

Congress should pass legislation reforming the nation’s medical liability system as long as it “in no way preempts the state reforms that have been won in Texas and other states,” Dr. Bailey wrote in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Two Georgia congressmen and Chairman Smith introduced a bill that puts a nationwide $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages and requires most medical liability suits to be filed within three years of the injury. As filed, the bill does protect Texas’ landmark 2003 liability reforms.

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