New Budget a Failure for New Yorkers but a Victory for the Lawyers

(ALBANY)  The budget agreement announced between Governor Cuomo and the leadership of the New York State Senate and Assembly does a disservice to all New Yorkers by ignoring one of the key elements of Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign task – the establishment of a cap on non-economic damages in medical liability cases.

“This budget hands a huge victory to New York’s personal injury lawyers while the rest of us will lose,” said Francesca Sommer, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York State (LRANY).  “Health care costs will continue to rise, doctors will continue to flee the State and the message has been sent that many of our politicians still remain in the clutches of the lawyers’ special interests.”

Governor Cuomo should be applauded for taking the initiative and having the courage to initially propose these historic reforms.  LRANY members and all New Yorkers take some solace in knowing that New York’s chief executive recognizes the need for lawsuit reform in our state.

“We will continue to work to educate New Yorkers and their elected officials about the opportunity that was missed here.  We have a budget deal that puts the health care and livelihood of millions of New Yorkers at risk … but not the lawyers,” said Sommer.

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