The NH medical malpractice fund, known as the Joint Underwriting Association fund was created in 1975. It was founded to provide affordable medical malpractice insurance to high-risk health care providers. Presently, the fund has a $110 million surplus and Governor Lynch wants to tap the fund to balance the budget. Doctors claim the surplus is theirs and are demanding the money. The dispute has ended up in court.
Thus far, a Superior Court judge and the NH Supreme Court have ruled in favor of the policyholders. The dispute continues and may be decided by the courts if they decide to accept the case. A decision is expected in approximately one week.
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