New Hampshire Challenged on Speedy Malpractice Fund Appeal

August 13, 2009

A group of medical providers is challenging New Hampshire’s request for a speedy appeals process in a dispute over a malpractice fund.

Lawyers for Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia and other policyholders of the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association filed the objection with the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

They argue the state failed to show it would be harmed if they got the full 30 days to prepare and file their brief. The state asked the court to cut the filing time in half.

Last month, a lower court denied the state’s claim to a $110 million surplus in the fund that underwrites malpractice insurance. The state is appealing, arguing the money is for health care spending in the state budget.

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