The American Hospital Association on April 29 expressed support for the Medical Care Access Protection Act (S. 44), legislation that would establish a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases, among other medical liability reforms. “Your legislation is based on proven models of reform, and if enacted, would not only help patients and health care providers, but according to recent estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, would also deliver federal savings of more than $50 billion over 10 years,” AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack told sponsor Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).
In addition, AHA voiced support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (S. 2196/H.R. 1733), legislation that would extend medical liability protections for licensed health care professionals who cross state lines to serve as volunteers in a federally declared emergency. "This legislation is a positive step toward removing an impediment for physicians and other clinicians who would like to volunteer but are reluctant to respond to disasters due to concerns that they could be sued for malpractice," Pollack said in a letter to sponsors Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).