Medical Liability Reform Group Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Health Coalition on Liability and Access, the nation’s leading medical liability reform organization, responded to today’s decision by the Supreme Court to largely uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by a vote of 5 to 4.
“As Congress continues to address the important health care issues facing this nation, any reform efforts must include fixing our country’s broken medical liability system,” said HCLA Chairman Mike Stinson. “Comprehensive medical liability reform is an important patient issue, and a critical component to making health care affordable and accessible to all,” Stinson continued.
While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did not include comprehensive medical liability reforms, medical liability reform legislation has passed in the House of Representatives 12 times since 1995 – most recently in March of this year.
The Congressional Budget Office has determined that the medical liability reform provisions of the recently passed HEALTH Act (H.R. 5) would reduce the deficit by $45.5 billion over the next 10 years.
“It’s time to put politics aside and do what’s right for patients. The American people believe their access to affordable, high-quality health care is threatened because medical liability costs are forcing good doctors out of medicine – and they want Congress to do something about it. The HCLA is committed to working with Members of Congress in both the House and the Senate to ensure that we pass a health care bill that preserves patient access to quality medical care, and reduces costs through medical liability reform,” Stinson added.
For more details, visit www.hcla.org. The Health Coalition on Liability and Access is a national advocacy coalition representing physicians, hospitals, health care liability insurers, employers, health care providers and consumers. HCLA believes federal legislation is needed to bring fairness, timeliness and cost-effectiveness to America’s medical liability system.
SOURCE Health Coalition on Liability and Access