SB 31 (Emery) was heard in the House Committee on Special Litigation Reform yesterday. Associated Industries of Missouri supports the bill.
The bill would allow the amount that has actually been paid to be introduced to a judge and jury in the cost recovery part of the trial. Today, the higher amounts that may be billed by a healthcare provider but never paid by anyone are the amounts disclosed to the jury. This may result in the court allowing “recovery” of imaginary costs that have never been paid by anyone. The bill fixes this situation by allowing the introduction of the lower amount that was actually paid to the healthcare provider.
The bill now moves to another committee for consideration before advancing to the House floor.