July 17, 2020 - PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVE BY MONDAY, JULY 20 TO URGE THEM TO OPPOSE A5612 (Weinstein)
A5612 (Weinstein), a regressive medical liability bill, is currently in the Assembly Rules Committee. It could be scheduled for a vote next week when the Assembly will hold a virtual Session. Please contact your State Assembly representative by Monday, July 20, and ask them to Vote No on A5612 (Weinstein). Use the talking points provided below.
A5612 (Weinstein) would greatly expand the possible damages in a wrongful death action, thereby greatly increasing New York State's already outrageously high medical liability insurance premiums. While estimates vary, one actuarial estimate found that passage of this legislation could further increase premiums by nearly 50%. This translates into tens of thousands of dollars in new costs for physicians and could make it impossible for many physicians to stay in practice.
This legislation will significantly increase costs to emergency physicians and hospitals at a time when many are struggling due to COVID-19 pandemic financial strains. New York is already one of the most expensive states to practice in. It is irresponsible to consider legislation at this time that would increase costs to the health care system.
This bill is unnecessary. Current law allows the decedent's estate and family members to bring separate actions for both economic damages and the pain and suffering caused to the decedent. In virtually all cases, it is the decedent's family members who are the beneficiaries of these awards.
Instead of trying to drive more doctors out of New York State we should be focused on implementing reforms to bring about a more fair and balanced system to assure patients do not lose access to emergency services and other critical medical care.
Urge your representative to oppose this legislation today to protect patients and preserve the emergency health care safety net.
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