PIP Bill Heads to Floor of Full Senate for Debate
Florida Today-March 1, 2012-Brent Kallestad-According to the article a Senate bill is aimed at cracking down on the rampant Personal Injury Protection fraud that costs Florida Drivers more than $1 billion annually in skyrocketing premiums is headed to the full floor for what promises to be a contentious debate. Lawmakers believe this is their best and last chance to reform the system. The Senate Budget Committee approved the measure on a 15-5 vote on Wednesday just after an hour of testimony and debate. This proposal is favored by Gov. Rick Scott who has made this PIP issue a top priority this session.
Gov. Rick Scott likes the requirement in the House that requires those hurt in a car accident to go to a hospital-owned walk-in clinic within 72 hours for personal injury coverage to take effect. The Senate bill has no time limit on its bill and also eliminates massage therapy and acupuncture as treatment that would be covered by PIP after an accident.
The article goes onto say that Senator Joe Negron, said that this bill balances the interests of insurance companies and medical providers without penalizing the accident victim. He also believes that lawmakers are running out of patience in their annual attempt to try and fix the system.
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