The Texas House and Senate have agreed on a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages for malpractice payments by physicians, and Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign it.
The only other hurdle is a constitutional amendment allowing the new measure, which will go before Texas voters on Sept. 13. But a recent poll by Scripps-Howard newspapers shows that a majority of Texans support the cap.
On Sunday, just before the legislative session ended, the two Texas houses agreed on a total cap of $750,00 per case, broken down into the $250,000 cap for physicians and a $500,000 cap for hospitals and other facilities, such as ambulatory surgery centers, the Texas Medical Association reports.
"We are confident that this package of reforms will reduce liability premiums for physicians, allowing them to continue caring for their patients," TMA President Charles Bailey Jr., M.D., says in a statement.
While Perry, a Republican, has shown strong support for the $250,000 cap, a spokesperson for the governor says he does not announce his intentions before signing a bill.