Jay Wasson Jay, the Missouri State Senator for the 20th district, has recognized the difficulties people in Missouri face when it comes to gaining access to affordable, quality healthcare. The Senator has proposed a bill that might just prove to be the solution to this growing issue. Many people believe the best solution in this regard is to dump Obamacare.
The State of Missouri had outlawed the practice of setting caps on Jury awards for non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases in 2012. The Supreme Court had ruled the practice unconstitutional and had effectively removed them. This in turn meant that there would be no specified limit in the amount a jury could award a victim of medical malpractice to compensate for non-economic losses. This award would be decided solely at the discretion of the jury and the persistence and influence of medical malpractice attorneys.
At first glance the ruling may seem to be in favor of the victims or the plaintiff’s and their medical malpractice attorneys but Wasson claims that this could not be further from the truth
Senate Bill 294 – reinstate caps on jury awards
Wasson and his team have been able to recognize some of the causes of the healthcare problem. They have identified skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance rates as one of the primary culprits. These high medical malpractice insurance premium rates are to be paid by doctors and hospitals so they are eligible for coverage in case of medical malpractice lawsuits against them.
Some doctors have packed up and moved their medical practices to other states for this reason and others have passed on these high costs to their patients. The increase in these medical malpractice insurance premium rates can be largely attributed to the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw caps on jury awards in medical malpractice cases. Wasson and other proponents of Senate Bill 294 believe that reinstating those caps would lead to not just lower medical malpractice insurance premium rates but it would also lower the number of frivolous lawsuits.
Senate Bill 294, if passed, would essentially reinstate caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits to $400,000 for personal injury, $700,000 for a catastrophic injury, and $700,000 for death. The lawsuit allows for rising expenses by increasing these caps by a percentage of 1.7 every year. USAttorneys.com has been helping victims of medical malpractice for years by bringing together victims and lawyers together. You too can seek services of a competent medical malpractice attorney through this online directory.
The proponents claim that this change in law will allow more insurance providers to offer much cheaper and more competitive insurance prices which would ultimately result in Missourians having access to quality and affordable healthcare even in remote regions of the state.
Senate Bill 63 – monitor prescription drug use
Another bill that is currently being weighed and contemplated by the senate is Senate Bill 63. The passage of this bill would enforce the prescription Drug Monitoring Act. Missouri and Washington D.C. remain the only two states in the country that don’t already have such a program in place. This is especially necessary in the case of Missouri since it ranks in the top third for states with the highest number of prescription drug-related deaths.