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GOVERNOR SET TO VETO MALPRACTICE REFORM BILL

Annapolis, MD – Despite pleas from doctors and hospitals, Governor Ehrlich says he'll veto the medical malpractice insurance reform bill. The Republican governor says the reforms contained within the bill are next to nothing. Ehrlich pointed to a study conducted for the administration that hasn't been made public. He says for most doctors, the bill would only reduce premiums by two-point-five percent the first year. But he couldn't say how much the savings would be in future years. The Maryland Hospital Association and the Maryland State Medical Society said yesterday they'd urge lawmakers to override Ehrlich's veto. The groups say they agree with Ehrlich that more comprehensive reform is needed. But they feel the bill offers some relief that will keep doctors on the job.