H.R. 1215: Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

H.R. 1215: Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

Why this bill is important:
This bill would create a set of guidelines for medical lawsuits where the health care in question was provided by the federal government either through subsidies or tax benefits. The statute of limitations for these suits would be three years after the injury or one year after the injury has been discovered.

Why this bill is good:
Those who receive a healthcare subsidy (in whole or in part) from the federal government, should adhere to a set of guidelines when considering a medical lawsuit. It would cap the amount of noneconomic damages at $250,000 and create a timeframe of when the patient could file a lawsuit. This will help eliminate fraud and abuse and save on healthcare costs. This will prevent people using federal dollars to go in and see a doctor and then sue the doctor if something were to go wrong.

Sponsor: Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

What’s the latest?
As of June 29, 2017, this bill was received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.