Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed into law a medical malpractice reform act that does not include a cap on noneconomic damage awards but contains numerous provisions affecting the litigation process, insurance regulation and oversight of providers. The law goes into effect Oct. 1. Under it, courts will be required to conduct an automatic review of noneconomic damages of more than $1 million. After three years, the state insurance commissioner must determine if the law has been effective in containing malpractice insurance rates and if not can reconsider capping noneconomic damages. -- by Cinda Becker
Conn. medical malpractice reform signed into law
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