NAMIC Disappointed Georgia Fails to Pass Tort Reform

April 21, 2004

An official of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) said that his organization is disappointed that Georgia lawmakers were unable to enact significant tort reform legislation this year related to the state’s medical malpractice liability crisis.

“It is truly unfortunate that lawmakers abandoned their conference committee deliberations on House Bill 1028 just minutes before adjourning on April 7,” NAMIC State Affairs Manager, David Reddick, noted. “This legislation would have benefited portions of the medical community in the state.”

HB 1028 would have created the Georgia Hospital Insurance Authority, a bond underwriting authority to help rural hospitals and physicians to set up self-insurance pools.

The American Medical Association has designated Georgia as one of 19 states that has a medical liability crisis.

“We are hopeful legislation such as HB 1028 can be re-introduced next year,” Reddick concluded.

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