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Amendment to Mcare Act axes reporting requirement

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This week, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 194, which eliminates annual reporting requirements on medical malpractice claims.

Prior to the passage of the bill, medical malpractice insurers and self-insurers were required to file annual reports with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department listing every medical malpractice claim and its resolution.

Sen. Mike Folmer, a Republican whose district includes Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin, Lancaster, Berks and Chester counties, said in a memo urging support of the bill that the PID proposed discontinuing the reports.

"While the requirement for these reports has apparently been in existence since the mid-1970's, we have found no one who uses and/or makes references to these reports," Folmer said. "With all of the financial issues facing our Commonwealth, we need to ensure we are squeezing every penny from each tax dollar."

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