Lawmakers in the House voted 218-210 this week to pass the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017, paving the way for the potential of major tort reforms this year.
H.R. 1215 would cap noneconomic damages in malpractice litigation at $250,000 and limit the fees lawyers can charge in healthcare lawsuits. It also protects providers from liability in product liability lawsuits involving an FDA-approved drug or medical device.
Sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), the bill would apply to lawsuits where a patient’s coverage was provided through a federal program, subsidy or tax benefit. That includes patients insured under the Affordable Care, veterans, service members, civil servants and Medicare and Medicare beneficiaries.