N.J. To Offer Backstop For Med-Mal Coverage

NU Online News Service, Sept. 15, 2:05 p.m.EDT?New Jersey Banking and Insurance Commissioner HollyBakke issued an order last week to reactivate the MedicalMalpractice Reinsurance Association to act as a reinsurer for thestate's troubled medical malpractice carriers.

Commenting on her decision, Commissioner Bakke said she hasordered to reactivate the association to maintain availability inthe med-mal marketplace for the Garden State and preserve patientaccess to physician services. "Reactivation is a necessary step inthe department's ongoing efforts to assure the availability ofcoverage for New Jersey doctors," she said in a statement.

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