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Ohio ACEP Testifies for Liability Reform; Senate Sends Bill to Governor

Important bill to strengthen “I’m Sorry” law is a major priority for Ohio ACEP and would promote honest, open communication between physicians and patients

Ohio ACEP Past President Dr. Michael McCrea [left] meets with HB 7 sponsor, Rep. Bob Cupp [right]

On December 5, an important liability reform bill passed the Ohio Senate by a vote of 31-0. House Bill 7 cleared the Ohio House in June by a vote of 76-18 and now goes to Gov. John Kasich, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

Ohio ACEP Past President Dr. Michael McCrea testifies in favor of HB 7 before the Senate Judiciary CommitteeIntroduced by Rep. Robert Cupp (R—Lima), HB 7 would make a number of positive reforms to liability protections for physicians:

On November 11, Ohio ACEP Past President, Dr. Michael McCrea, gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of HB 7, recounting a personal story illustrating the need to strengthen Ohio’s “I’m Sorry” law. Ohio ACEP will continue to champion the bill and we look forward to continuing our work with Rep. Cupp, the Ohio State Medical Association, and the Ohio Hospital Association to pass HB 7 before the end of the legislative session.

Ohio ACEP would like to send a big thanks to Rep. Cupp and all the medical organizations who stood with us to champion HB 7 throughout the legislative process.

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