Information on Senate Bill 1280

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed the Senate Bill 1280 (SB1280) by a vote of 117 to 81.  This bill passed the Pennsylvania Senate by a vote of 38 to 9.  The POS, a medical professional organization serving “the needs of orthopedic surgeons and other high risk specialty physicians,” initiated this bill.

~~~However, this bill was vetoed by Governor Rendell. ~~~

Orthopaedic Surgeons Express Profound Disappointment in Veto of SB 1280

Senator John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) sponsored this bill, which would set “the medical liability insurance limits for physicians at $500,000 for private market coverage and $500,000 for Mcare coverage for seven years.”  A secondary aspect of this bill creates “a new formula for annual Mcare assessments that are imposed upon physicians and hospitals.  The measures in this bill would afford exceptional stability for a defined span of time, seven years.  Physicians and hospitals would also be protected from extreme yearly assessments.  This bill also guarantees that the Mcare Fund will ultimately be phased out.

For more information on this bill, check out this article from the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society.  PA Orthopaedic Surgeons Praise House Vote, Urge Governor’s Signature

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