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Obama budget marks $250 million to help states overhaul med-mal laws
Modern Healthcare

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal includes $250 million in grants over the next three years to fund state efforts to overhaul their medical liability laws.

Obama cited the issue during his State of the Union address as one he’d be willing to work on with Republicans. While Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing legislation that would cap non-economic damages, the grants proposed in the president’s budget suggest reforms such as health courts, early disclosure protocols and safe harbors for providers who meet clinical guidelines.