Medical Review Panel legislation passes out of Senate committee

MRPThe Kentucky state Senate voted Wednesday in favor of moving forward with legislation seeking to address the escalating costs directly attributed to Kentucky’s uncontrolled medical liability climate, an issue of serious concern for Kentucky employers and taxpayers who foot bill in terms of direct employee benefit costs and higher taxes.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee to pass Senate Bill 6, the Medical Review Panel bill , with only one dissenting vote.

The legislation, sponsored by freshman Senator and Doctor Ralph Alvarado of Winchester, focuses on medical malpractice liability which takes a significant financial toll on Kentucky’s health care providers, including nurses, doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes that serve our communities. The growing number of meritless lawsuits against providers increases costs for consumers and diverts critical funds away from care.

That is why the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce supports legislation that would expose frivolous lawsuits.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson testified in front of lawmakers Wednesday to express the need to return the focus and resources of health care where they belong – on caring for patients, not fighting lawsuits.

“The increasing cost of civil litigation, through legal fees, higher liability insurance premiums, defensive business practices, and reduced investment opportunities, is a significant burden for Kentucky’s health care and business communities. Medical review panels will stabilize our medical malpractice system, making the state more attractive to employers while helping to retain and attract quality healthcare providers,” Adkisson told lawmakers.

The legislation now heads to the Senate for a floor vote.

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