When Connecticut lawmakers return to Hartford in January, medical malpractice reform could get a second look, Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams said.
Williams said he expects healthcare to be a major issue in the next legislative session, and he predicts another effort will be made to lower medical malpractice insurance premiums for the state's doctors, though he favors reviewing the entire healthcare system.
Rowland vetoed a medical malpractice bill the General Assembly approved last year. Doctors say the skyrocketing rates are driving some of them out of their practices.
Williams' comments came after a meeting with Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Tuesday, the first time they have met since moving up into their new positions following the resignation of former Gov. John Rowland. Rowland resigned July 1 amid the threat of impeachment and a federal corruption investigation into how state contracts were awarded and gifts Rowland received. He has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime.