Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich today called for a special legislative session to address what he called the medical malpractice insurance crisis.
Ehrlich announced the creation of a 20-member task force to come up with solutions to rising malpractice insurance premiums.
The governor's office said insurance rates rose 28% during the past year for many Maryland doctors. The state's largest medical malpractice insurer, Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland, will raise its rates 40% next year.
The governor said the crisis couldn't wait until next year's General Assembly session.
A bill that failed in the General Assembly this year would have capped the amounts awarded in settlement of malpractice cases.