DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Thursday signed a medical malpractice reform bill into law, placing a $2 million cap on damages imposed on hospitals.
Gov. Reynolds signed HF 161 into law, a bill to create a cap on noneconomic damages in cases regarding medical malpractice. The legislation balances the needs of injured patients with the needs of all Iowans to have access to quality health care. In response, Gov. Reynolds released the following statement:
“Today, Iowa joins the majority of U.S. states by enacting commonsense medical malpractice reform that places a reasonable cap on non-economic damages,” stated Governor Reynolds. “Protecting our health care system from out-of-control verdicts promotes access to care in communities across our state and better positions us to recruit the best and brightest physicians to Iowa.”
(PHOTO: Kim Reynolds signs malpractice law at the capitol)