While SB 33 remains in negotiations, HB 542 – Tort Reform for Citizens and Businesses, Rhyne (R-Lincoln), has been favorably reported by the House Select Committee on Tort Reform and awaits its day to be debated on the floor of the House. This bill includes a provision to allow for actual medical costs to be admitted into evidence during a civil trial in which the cost of medical care is an issue, including medical malpractice cases. “Actual medicals” are the real dollars paid to settle a medical bill. Currently, only the billed charges are allowed into evidence. This significant improvement would allow for the jury to have a more honest understanding of the costs incurred by the injured party. NCMS supports this bill together with an extensive coalition of specialty society and business partners. HB 542 is expected to be debated on the House floor next week.
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