Feb. 13, 2019

WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will hold a public hearing to save our health care by studying the issue of venue with respect to medical malpractice legal actions 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 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., Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health; Diane Johnson, HCR ManorCare; and Danae Powers, M.D., Pennsylvania Medical Society.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.

WHERE: G-50 Irvis Office Building, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.

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

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