July 11, 2017

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House Approves Medical Liability Reform Legislation

On June 28, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act, by a vote of 218 to 210. The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) commends members of Congress for passing this important legislation, which contains comprehensive medical liability reforms that will help bring down health care costs and ensure access to care for all patients.

“AAOS applauds the House of Representatives for passing vital medical liability reforms,” stated AAOS President William J. Maloney, MD. “H.R. 1215 will protect patients in need while addressing some of the challenges of the current medical liability system and maintaining the traditional role of the states. These reforms will not only ensure negligently injured patients are compensated promptly and equitably, they will – importantly –  improve our overall health care system even before the filing of a lawsuit, by lowering health care costs, improving patient safety, and preserving the patient-physician relationship. We thank members of Congress for their support of this legislation and we urge the Senate to consider H.R. 1215 as soon as possible.”


The legislation now moves to the Senate where AAOS will continue efforts to gain passage. However, Senate rules in effect require 60 votes to pass this or a similar bill, and because not all Republicans support federal medical liability reform legislation, it will likely be an uphill battle to see Senate approval. To take action and contact your senators, click here! And be sure to check the AAOS Office of Government Relations website at www.aaos.org/dc and follow the AAOS Office of Government Relations on twitter for other updates and actions you can take to help move this legislation.