Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Senate approved a pair of constitutional amendments on initial reading in the first day of the special legislative session on health care reform. Senators approved a constitutional amendment that would cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. The amendment passed, despite arguments by Democrats Mike Massie and Jayne Mockler that the cap will not impact rising malpractice rates. Senators rejected an attempt to allow victims to collect more then the amount capped if there was serious negligence. Senate President April Brimmer- Kunz says those issues should not be in the constitution because then future legislators would have no flexibility.
The bill moves to second reading. The Senate also approved a constitutional amendment that allows the state to provide Health Care Providers financial support. That bill also moves to second reading.