Medical malpractice early offer program changes eyed
The early offer program allows someone who claims to have been injured by a medical provider to send the claim and medical documentation to the provider, who would send it to his or her insurer to make a settlement offer within 90 days.
Under House Bill 582, the penalty would be eliminated. Also patients would have more time to decide if they want to accept the settlement offer.
According Rep. Gary Hopper, R-Weare, the bill provides greater fairness to the victim who suffered the medical injury. But opponents say the early offer program began Jan. 1, 2013, and lawmakers ought to wait to see how it works before making changes.
To date no case has been processed through the program and the rules have not been promulgated.
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