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Action Needed to Save Long-Term Care In Pennsylvania
Any time now the Pennsylvania House could take up legislation needed to protect nursing homes and long term care facilities from predatory, out of state attorneys.
House Bill 1037, PN 1201, limits punitive damages to 250% of the amount of compensatory damages awarded against long-term care providers. Skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes and assisted living residences throughout the Commonwealth would be protected under this bill in almost the same way that physicians have been since 2002.
Today, the Commonwealth’s nursing homes are desperately in need of legal reform. Nursing homes currently settle virtually 100% of cases brought against them by predatory out-of-state lawyers for fear of out-of-control punitive damage awards. Punitive damage reform is crucial if Pennsylvania’s long-term care providers are to continue to provide quality care to our most vulnerable citizens.
Excessive punitive damage awards result in less money to spend on patient care, higher consumer costs, and decreased availability of services. Medicaid funding is depleted by punitive damages, which impacts Pennsylvania’s taxpayers.
Nothing in HB 1037 will prevent an injured patient from recovering 100% of the compensatory damages they are due for any injuries! Punitive damages are only intended to punish defendants, not compensate victims.
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