Missouri House passes medical malpractice bill capping non-economic damages
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Missouri House passes medical malpractice bill capping non-economic damages

Date: March 5, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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A patient could only collect limited pain and suffering damages under a bill approved by the House Wednesday
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Wrap: The bill would cap non-economic damages like pain and suffering at 350-thousand-dollars.

Springfield area Republican representative Eric Burlison sponsored the bill.

He said the bill is needed because the cost of defensive medicine is very high.

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Description: This bill is extremely necessary to bring Missouri back to a place that our medical community needs in order to keep those costs low.

The bill passed by a vote of 94-61 despite several Republicans voting against it.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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An emotional debate erupted on the House floor over a Republican sponsored medical malpractice bill that caps pain and suffering damages.
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Wrap: Jackson County Republican representative Jeff Grisamore fiercely criticized a bill that would cap non-economic medical malpractice injuries like pain and suffering at 350-thousand-dollars.

Grisamore called out his fellow Republicans for supporting a bill he says is not pro-life.

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Description: And we in this chamber who boast a pro-life supermajority should consider the fact and challenge that the mechanics of this bill does not value human life, but devalues it.

Despite opposition from several Republicans, the bill passed by a 94-61 vote and heads to the Senate.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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