Dec 17, 2009 8:54 AM by Associated Press

Sen. Udall touts medical malpractice plan

A medical malpractice proposal is on its way to Congress from a judicial think tank in Colorado.

Sen. Mark Udall is expected to introduce a plan Thursday to tweak rules for malpractice trials. The plan has the backing of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver.

The plan is an amendment to the health care bill pending in the Senate. The amendment aims to reduce the cost of malpractice trials by changing rules on expert witnesses. It does not cap jury awards.

An aide says Udall will push the bill on its own if his amendment doesn't make the larger health care bill.

That bill still awaits a final vote in the Senate.


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