Feb. 08, 2019

WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee will hold a public hearing to save our health care by studying the issue of venue with respect to medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania. At issue is a proposal to the court to unilaterally repeal a rule that prevents medical malpractice plaintiffs from filing civil lawsuits in counties with more favorable jury payouts. Since it was adopted in the early 2000s, the rule has helped stabilize medical malpractice insurance rates, keeping doctors practicing in Pennsylvania and alleviating a shortage of physicians and specialists.

WHO: Oberlander, along with Deputy Policy Committee Chairmen Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) and Zach Mako (R-Northampton/Lehigh) and members of the Policy Committee. Those scheduled to testify will include Kevin Cottone, White and Williams, LLP; Noah Karn, Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania; Mark Zolfaghari, St. Luke’s University Health Network; Christopher Addis, M.D., Lancaster General Health, Penn Medicine; Diane Johnson, HCR ManorCare; and John Gallagher, M.D., Pennsylvania Medical Society.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Laros Auditorium, St. Luke’s University Hospital (Bethlehem), 801 Ostrum St., Fountain Hill, PA 18015.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: The hearing will be streamed live at PAGOPPolicy.com.

Media contact: Jennifer Keaton, 717.705.2094, jkeaton@pahousegop.com