We’re in the final stretch of awaiting a House vote on H.R. 1215, otherwise known as the Protecting Access to Care Act. It is believed that a vote could happen at any time, leaving little time to waste in getting the message out about the deceptively named bill.
To recap, H.R. 1215 is a bill introduced in the House of Representatives and cosponsored by 3 Republican congressman from 2 states (2 from Texas, 1 from Iowa). While the name of the bill sounds like it has the best interests of Americans in mind, the grim reality is that the bill would alter the statute of limitations to bring a lawsuit against a negligent provider, as well as cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits at $250,000, both of which override the authority of many states who have already found malpractice caps to be unconstitutional and have set their own statute of limitations.
A cap on non-economic damages is an insult to every victim, both current and future, that has suffered from medical negligence. This means that preventable medical errors that cause suffering such as infertility, paralysis, brain damage, trauma (both physical and emotional), and even death are worth no more than $250,000.
This same bill also gives a free pass to any member of the medical community that negligently prescribes a drug that causes an injury or death to a patient.
To all those who are still unsure what to think, we’d like to remind you that Johns Hopkins revealed this year that medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death in this country. We are more likely to die from a preventable medical mistake than a stroke.
Please, we encourage you to contact your congressman/woman as soon as possible. By clicking this link and entering in your street address and zip code, you can send a pre-drafted email directly to your elected representative.
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