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Voters urged to defeat two constitutional amendments on ballot

A committee made up of trial lawyers, AFL-CIO, a brain injury advocacy group and the Equality State Policy Center has banded together to form a political action committee called The Citizens for Real Insurance Reform to defeat two constitutional amendments on the November ballot involving Wyoming medical malpractice. Both of the amendments were added to the ballot by the state Legislature during a summer special session in response to the medical malpractice “crisis” lawmakers have said the state is in.

One of the proposed amendments on the general election ballot would allow the state l egislature the power to set caps on the amount of noneconomic damage awards in Wyoming medical malpractice lawsuits. The political action committee opposes these caps, saying they would only help big insurance companies at the expense of medical malpractice victims. The second proposed amendment would allow the state to enact laws requiring that malpractice cases go through alternative dispute resolution or a medical panel review before the filing of a lawsuit.

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