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Titles (4)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to House

Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.


Actions Overview (4)

Date
06/28/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 218 - 210 (Roll no. 337).
03/22/2017Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
03/22/2017Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 115-55, Part I.
02/24/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (46)

Date Chamber
06/29/2017SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
06/28/2017-5:20pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/28/2017-5:20pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 218 - 210 (Roll no. 337).
06/28/2017-5:13pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 191 - 235 (Roll no. 336).
06/28/2017-5:05pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
06/28/2017-4:57pmHouseFloor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kuster motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to add an exemption to the underlying bill for any claim or action that pertains to the negligent prescription of opioids.
06/28/2017-4:57pmHouseMs. Kuster (NH) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR H5275)
06/28/2017-4:55pmHouseThe House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
06/28/2017-4:55pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
06/28/2017-4:55pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1215.
06/28/2017-4:54pmHouseH.Amdt.153 On agreeing to the Barr amendment (A005) Failed by recorded vote: 116 - 310 (Roll no. 335).
06/28/2017-4:47pmHouseH.Amdt.152 On agreeing to the Hudson amendment (A004) Agreed to by recorded vote: 222 - 197 (Roll no. 334).
06/28/2017-4:25pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
06/28/2017-4:24pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Barr amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Barr demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
06/28/2017-4:13pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Barr amendment No. 5.
06/28/2017-4:13pmHouseH.Amdt.153 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Barr. (consideration: CR H5281-5283, H5284; text: CR H5281-5282)
06/28/2017-4:12pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hudson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Cohen demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
06/28/2017-4:00pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hudson amendment No. 4.
06/28/2017-4:00pmHouseH.Amdt.152 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Hudson. (consideration: CR H5279-5281, H5283-5284; text: CR H5279-5280)
06/28/2017-4:00pmHouseH.Amdt.151 On agreeing to the Roe (TN) amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
06/28/2017-3:48pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roe (TN) amendment No. 3.
06/28/2017-3:48pmHouseH.Amdt.151 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Roe (TN). (consideration: CR H5277-5279 text: CR H5278)
06/28/2017-3:48pmHouseH.Amdt.150 On agreeing to the Sessions amendment (A002) Agreed to by voice vote.
06/28/2017-3:35pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sessions amendment No. 2.
06/28/2017-3:35pmHouseH.Amdt.150 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Sessions. (consideration: CR H5276-5277; text: CR H5276)
06/28/2017-3:35pmHouseH.Amdt.149 On agreeing to the Sessions amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
06/28/2017-3:24pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sessions amendment No. 1.
06/28/2017-3:24pmHouseH.Amdt.149 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Sessions. (consideration: CR H5275-5276; text: CR H5275)
06/28/2017-2:07pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1215.
06/28/2017-2:07pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 382 and Rule XVIII.
06/28/2017-2:07pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Garret Graves to act as Chairman of the Committee.
06/28/2017-2:06pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 1215 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. A specified amendment is in order. The resolution makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-10. The resolution makes in order only those amendments printed in the report.
06/28/2017-2:06pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 382. (consideration: CR H5263-5287; text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H5273-5275)
06/27/2017-1:49pmHouseRule H. Res. 382 passed House.
06/13/2017-5:48pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 382 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1215 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. A specified amendment is in order. The resolution makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-10. The resolution makes in order only those amendments printed in the report.
03/22/2017HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 31.
03/22/2017HouseCommittee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
03/22/2017HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 115-55, Part I.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
03/03/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
02/28/2017HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 18 - 17.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
02/28/2017HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
02/24/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
02/24/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
02/24/2017HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (3)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6] 02/27/2017
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21] 03/09/2017
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] 03/16/2017

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary02/24/2017 Referred to
02/28/2017 Markup by
03/22/2017 Reported by H. Rept. 115-55
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice02/24/2017 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce02/24/2017 Referred to
03/22/2017 Discharged from
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health03/03/2017 Referred to
Senate Judiciary06/29/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (3)

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Passed House amended (06/28/2017)

Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

This bill establishes provisions governing health care lawsuits where coverage for the care was provided or subsidized by the federal government, including through a subsidy or tax benefit.

(Sec. 2) In general, the statute of limitations is three years after the occurrence of the breach or tort, three years after medical or health-care treatment for the injury is completed, or one year after the claimant discovers the injury, whichever occurs first. For a minor, the statute of limitations is three years after the occurrence of the breach or tort or three years after medical or health-care treatment for the injury is completed, whichever occurs first, except for a minor under six years old, for whom it is the later of three years after the occurrence of the breach or tort, three years after medical or health-care treatment for the injury is completed, one year after discovery of the injury, or the minor's eighth birthday. These limitations are tolled under certain circumstances. These provisions do not preempt certain state laws.

(Sec. 3) Noneconomic damages are limited to $250,000, before accounting for reductions in damages required by law. Juries may not be informed of this limitation. Parties are liable for the amount of damages directly proportional to their responsibility. These provisions do not preempt state laws that specify a particular monetary amount of damages.

(Sec. 4) Courts must supervise the payment of damages and may restrict attorney contingent fees. The bill sets limits on contingent fees. The bill does not preempt state laws that specify a lesser percentage or value of damages that may be claimed by an attorney representing a claimant.

(Sec. 5) The bill provides for periodic payment of future damage awards. The bill does not preempt state laws that mandate periodic payments.

(Sec. 6) A health care provider who prescribes, or dispenses pursuant to a prescription, a medical product approved by the Food and Drug Administration may not be a party to a product liability lawsuit or a class action lawsuit regarding the medical product.

(Sec. 8) The bill does not preempt federal vaccine injury laws.

(Sec. 9) The bill preempts federal tort laws that provide for greater amounts of damages or contingent fees, a longer statute of limitations, or reduced applicability or scope of periodic payment of future damages.

(Sec. 10) The bill applies to health care lawsuits initiated after enactment. Lawsuits are governed by the statue of limitations applicable at the time of injury.

(Sec. 11) The bill establishes limitations on expert-witness testimony by a health-care professional who was not licensed to practice or had not practiced, in the state or a contiguous bordering state, a relevant profession or specialty during the year preceding the date of the alleged injury or wrongful act.

(Sec. 12) Certain provider communications shall be inadmissible as evidence of an admission of liability or as evidence of an admission against interest in a health-care liability action. These provisions do not preempt state laws making additional communications inadmissible as evidence.

(Sec. 13) The bill specifies additional qualifications for expert witnesses in health-care liability actions. These provisions do not preempt state laws placing additional qualification requirements upon individuals testifying as expert witnesses.

(Sec. 14) The bill establishes requirements for the filing of an affidavit of merit. These provisions do not preempt state laws establishing additional requirements for pre-litigation documentation.

(Sec. 15) The bill establishes requirements for the provision of advance notice of intent to commence a health-care lawsuit against a provider. These provisions do not preempt state laws establishing different time periods for the filing of written notice.