Treatment Advisory Committee to advise the Board of Pharmacy on matters relating tointractable pain treatment. Status: Passed the Senate; assigned to the House Public HealthCommittee.
, creates the Medical Price Transparency Act, directing the State Departmentof Health to publish on its Web site a consumer guide to health care facilities and health carethat includes information on health care facility pricing practices. Status: Dormant; failed toreceive a hearing in Senate committee.
Legislation Supported by OHA
Lawsuit Reform -
Three measures addressing tort reform advanced in the House.
, capping attorney’s contingency fees passed the House floor onFeb. 18. The measure puts to a vote of the people whether or not to limit attorney’scontingency fees to 33 percent of the first $1 million recovered and 20 percent of any amountthereafter for any civil judgment or settlement. The referendum also would repeal current lawlimiting class-action contingency fees to 50 percent. Status: Passed the House; assigned to theSenate Judiciary Committee.
/Paddack, provides that in any civil action for professional negligence, the plaintiff shall attach to the petition an affidavit saying the plaintiff has consulted with andobtained a written opinion from a qualified expert. Status: Passed the House.
, is the 233-page vehicle for across the board lawsuit reform that issimilar to the bill vetoed by the governor last session. Status: Passed the House.
Other Legislation Supported by OHA
, directs the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules for anonline verification system for motor vehicle liability policies. It requires an insured vehicleowner’s security verification form to include the five-digit National Association of InsuranceCommissioners company code, the policy number and whether the policy is a commercialauto policy. Status: Passed the House.
, directs the commissioner of health to develop National HospitalPreparedness Program grant programs for private, nonprofit and public entities. OHAsupports this bill. Status: Passed the Senate.
Legislation of Interest
, designates English as the official common language of Oklahoma,which shall prohibit, except as otherwise provided by federal or state law, any state agency or political subdivision from being required to provide any documents, information, literature or other written materials in any language other than English. It also prohibits a person fromhaving a cause of action against any agency or political subdivision of Oklahoma for failureto provide any documents, information, literature or other written materials in any languageother than English. OHA supports this bill as a reasonable alternative to