Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1215 - Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

Mar 28, 2017 6:38 PM

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Cohen (TN)


Exempts from the bill lawsuits concerning foreign objects being left inside a patient or the performance of a wrong-patient or wrong-site surgery.

Dent (PA)


Provides temporary liability protections to physicians, emergency and on-call specialists, who perform medical services mandated by the federal EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act) law.

Fitzpatrick (PA)


Declares that an action for damages or a person's liability under state law is not affected by the federal prohibition on state or local requirements regarding medical devices. Retroactively effective and applies to pending civil actions.

Fitzpatrick (PA)


REVISED Removes product liability for a health care provider under the statute if the health care provider does not report to the Food and Drug Administration about significant adverse experiences (death or serious illness/injury) caused by class II or class III medical devices

Nadler (NY)


Increases the bill's $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages to $1,128,000 to reflect the cost of inflation since 1975, and would index the cap for inflation going forward.