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ERISA Tort Preemption and HR 3962, Take Four

In recent days, Mark Hall, Richard Johnson, and Peter Jacobson have all offered opinions as to how HR 3962, if enacted, would affect ERISA preemption of state tort claims against insurers. Let me offer a fourth opinion. First, remember that ERISA tort liability preemption is based primarily on section 502 of ERISA (29 USC 1132). […]

What About ERISA’s Tort Liability Pre-Emption?

In addition to largely ignoring tort reform, the health reform process is ignoring the hash that Congress and courts previously have made of ERISA’s pre-emption of state tort suits against health insurers.  Readers will recall that, according to AETNA v. Davila, 542 U.S. 200 (2004), personal injuries caused by insurance claims denials cannot be adequately […]

Can Health Reform Include Malpractice Reform? Sure, But Which Reforms Can Generate Political Agreement?

With the exception of the ludicrous death panel accusations, it’s hard to find an area of health policy that is subject to more demagoguery than the ongoing debate about medical liability. The level of distortion and the amount of misinformation (i.e., outright falsehoods) has all but obliterated any chance for a reasoned debate. In an […]

Can Tort Reform Bend the Cost Curve?

On October 6, 2009, the O’Neill Institute hosted a panel on “Medical Malpractice and Health Care Costs: Can Tort Reform Bend the Curve?” to discuss the likely impact of proposed tort reforms on medical mistakes, malpractice system costs, and overall health spending, and why politicians and the press don’t always pay attention to the existing […]

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