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Tort Reform Bill Defeated in Senate

Bill S. 22, the Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2006, was defeated in the Senate today. The bill would have been detrimental to patients and their family members who are mistreated in nursing homes and hospitals across the country. The bill would cap the total amount of non-economic damages recoverable in a medical malpractice suits at $750,000, and cap the non-economic damages for individual health care providers at $250,000.