06 October 2009

U.S. House Judiciary Committee to markup military medical accountability bill

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee announced today that it will markup the Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2009, H.R. 1478, tomorrow at 1330 hours (U.S. Eastern Time), in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. The markup will be available on a live webcast here.

H.R. 1478 would amend the Federal Tort Claims Act to permit claims for damages brought against the Government for personal injury or death of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces arising from negligence or a wrongful act or omission in the performance of medical, dental, or related health care functions which are provided by a person acting within the scope of their employment or at the direction of the Government within the United States.

The bill, if passed, would also make it inapplicable to any claim arising out of the combatant activities of U.S. Armed Forces during time of armed conflict.

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