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Medical Malpractice Overhaul Not Dead, Yet

Alex Proimos

State lawmakers are contemplating resurrecting an idea left for dead weeks ago – overhauling Indiana’s medical malpractice system.

Different sides in the medical malpractice issue,  hospitals, doctors, trial lawyers and the insurance industry, worked on a solution for months.

But Senator Brent Steele, who helped lead those discussions, announced earlier this session the sides couldn’t reach an agreement.

Yet lawmakers on Monday will revisit the issue in an attempt to shore up concerns about the system’s constitutionality, since the medical malpractice cap hasn’t been raised since 1999.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says this kind of last-minute maneuvering isn’t his first choice.

“But this is so very important to Hoosier patients and citizens that it’s something that we have to have an open dialogue about, even if it’s at the last minute,” he says.

Senate Republican Leader David Long echoes Bosma’s comments, but says the issue is a “hard sell.”

Lawmakers have just two weeks left this session to find the answer.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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