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Nebraska

Recent Reforms Enacted (since 2003) None
Emergency Care Provision None
Reform Elements In Law $1.75M Total Cap
Joint Liability
Collateral Source
Pre-Trial Screening
Expert Witness
I’m Sorry Law
Patient Compensation
Fund (pays damages over $200K)
Constitutional Status of Reforms In 2003, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the state’s cap on damages was constitutional.
Change in Insurance Rates AMA reports at least one insurer raised rates as much as 0 to 25% in 2004.
Insurance Availability Information not available.
Change in Physician Availability Information not available.
Change in Cases Filed/Awards 83 paid claims in 2003 or 19.5 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians.  US avg. was 18.8 per 1000. 194 paid claims in 2005 or 45.8 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians.  US avg. was 17.1 per 1000. (Kaiser) 66 total number of paid claims for 2006 or 13.4 per 1,000 active, non-federal physicians. 56 paid claims in 2007.
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