March 01, 2011
ALBANY – The New York State Bar Association and its president yesterday blasted a recommendation by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo‘s Medicaid reform task force to cap medical malpractice awards for non-economic losses at $250,000.
Such caps are “anathema with respect to equal protection/access to justice,” the state bar’s Committee on the Tort System said in a memo in opposition to the Medicaid Redesign Team’s recommendation. The memo was endorsed by the bar’s executive committee.
Stephen P. Younger, the president of the state bar, said that the organization would write to Mr. Cuomo and all 212 state legislators urging them to oppose the cap proposal. Mr. Younger said he and other association officials will also ask state bar members to write letters to their legislators opposing the cap.