ISSUE: Collateral Source Rule-Medical Expenses

Historically the collateral source rule prohibits defendants from introducing evidence of compensation received by plaintiffs from outside sources, such as health insurance.  The rule permits a plaintiff to seek recovery for reasonable value of medical services without consideration of insurance payments made to the plaintiff. Healthcare plans including governmental plans can now present a windfall to plaintiffs as a result of which states are beginning to question the fairness of the collateral source rule and in some instances abrogate it...