Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2003
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON JOINS GOVERNOR FOR MEDICAL LIABILITY BILL SIGNING

AUSTIN - State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, joined Governor Rick Perry as he signed reforms passed by the Texas Legislature to improve patient access to medical care by clamping down on medical lawsuit abuse in Texas.

"This was a must for the Texas Legislature," said Senator Nelson, Chairman of the Senate Helath and Human Services and Chairman of the interim legislative study of the medical liability crisis. "Region by region, specialty by specialty our health care system is collapsing under the weight of skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates and exorbitant damages in medical lawsuits. The reforms we passed this session will preserve the foundation of our health care system and ensure that patients have access to safe, quality health care."

Senator Nelson was a member the conference Committee that wrote the final version of HB 4, signed into law today by Governor Perry. She also proposed the following pieces of successful legislation to address the medical liability crisis in Texas:

For more information or to review archived press releases that were issued during the session, visit Senator Nelson's home page at www.nelson.senate.state.tx.us

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