Failing to pass malpractice reforms by the end of its four-day special session Thursday, the Florida Legislature has voted to extend the session to June 27.
While the Florida House passed a strict $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages, the Senate voted 32-6 for a $500,000 cap, which could rise to as much as $6 million for catastrophic injuries, the Florida Medical Association reports.
Gov. Jeb Bush and House leaders are urging the Senate to reconsider a $250,000 cap.
The higher cap "does not address the problem," which is rising malpractice premiums, an FMA spokesman says. The FMA maintains that the Senate's cap would allow premiums to rise even more.