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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 6, 2019 03:56 PM
From: Representative Steven C. Mentzer
To: All House members
Subject: Punitive Damages in the Health Care Industry
 
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation which will require the Insurance Commissioner to investigate the award of punitive damages in cases brought within the health care industry. With the increasing costs of health care, in addition to Pennsylvania’s harsh tort climate, I believe this information will be informative to the General Assembly as we continue to deal with a variety of health care issues.

The legislation will require the Insurance Commissioner to study the amount of punitive damages paid by the following in the last 10 years: physicians, long-term care nursing facilities, personal care homes and assisted living residences.

The Insurance Commissioner shall complete the study within one year of the effective date of the act. The study would be submitted to the Chairman and Minority Chairman of the Insurance Committee of the House of Representatives and the Chairman and Minority Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee of the Senate.

A study that would examine punitive damage amounts in the Commonwealth would be beneficial to the General Assembly and our taxpayers, as defending frivolous lawsuits only adds to the cost of caring for our seniors and diminishes resources that would be better spent on care.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.