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List of Effective Dates for HB 119
By Paul Lambert, JD, FCA General Counsel & Kimberly Driggers, JD, FCA Asst. General Counsel   
Thursday, 22 March 2012

                In response to member calls about the confusing effective dates in HB 119,  FCA General Counsel Paul Lambert prepared a table listing each bill section, the section line numbers, a description of the section's effect and the effective date of each section.   Different parts of the bill take effect at different times.  (In general, a bill becomes law when the Governor signs a bill or allows it to become law without his signature, fifteen days after the bill is presented to him.  Generally, a bill becomes effective upon becoming law. However, the Legislature may enact dates upon which a bill takes effect after it has become law.)   

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Whatís Next on PIP?
By The FCA   
Thursday, 15 March 2012
                The onerous PIP legislation that passed late last Friday night was fabricated behind closed doors and was not available for public view until 7:30 that evening.   Soon after it was unveiled, it was branded as a “compromise measure,” then rushed through the House almost immediately.  Then, after a furious flurry of lobbying, heavy arm-twisting by the Governor and much heated debate in the Senate, it missed defeat by that body by just one vote, passing at 10:30 that same evening.   Within 24 hours, on Saturday evening, the FCA provided its members an  analysis of the legislation.
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Follow the Money: Gov. Scott and PIP Reform
By The FCA   
Thursday, 15 March 2012

Media outlets across the state are reporting raised suspicions about Gov. Rick’s Scott’s interest in the Legislature’s recent PIP/No-fault insurance reform debate after a new development.  It’s now clear a $100,000 contribution from an affiliate of United Auto Insurance landed in one of the Governor’s political committee accounts just two days before the final vote, all at a time when Scott was traveling across the state calling for reforms -- and twisting arms in Tallahassee -- to gain approval for a wish-list package of changes heavily pushed by the insurance industry. 

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Legislative Session Update: Legislature Approves PIP Reforms, Limiting Chiropracticís Role
By Jack Hebert, Gov.Relations Dir.; Paul Lambert, Gen.Counsel; and Kim Driggers, Asst.Gen.Counsel   
Saturday, 10 March 2012


Tallahassee – Bowing to intense lobbying pressure from Governor Rick Scott flanked by CFO Jeff Atwater, state lawmakers gave their final approval to a package of PIP/No-fault auto insurance reforms shortly before their final adjournment, just before midnight last night.  The last-minute deal struck between Scott, Atwater and leadership in the House and Senate was drafted earlier in the afternoon behind closed doors, later unveiled, and quickly rushed through both chambers with a heavy dose of arm twisting.

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Critical PIP Update and Action Request
By Jack Hebert, Gov.Relations Dir.; Paul Lambert, Gen.Counsel; and Kim Driggers, Asst.Gen.Counsel   
Friday, 09 March 2012
                 The Florida House is poised to continue its work on PIP reform, reworking the Senate bill now in its possession to improve it for the insurance industry and worsen it for chiropractic and consumers.  The issue is likely to be front and center at any moment, before the Legislature's adjournment tonight. 
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CALL TO ACTION ON PIP: Please Thank Senators and Ask Them to Maintain Their Position
By The FCA   
Thursday, 08 March 2012

                A campaign is being mounted by the Governor and Florida Insurance Commissioner, encouraging the Florida House to amend the text of the original, horrific House bill (eliminating access to chiropractic) onto the PIP bill recently sent over the by the Senate (which has direct access to chiropractic) and send it back to the Senate. 

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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: Senate Passes Its PIP Bill, Sends It to House
By Jack Hebert, Gov.Relations Dir.; Paul Lambert, Gen.Counsel; and Kim Driggers, Asst.Gen.Counsel   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012
Tallahassee – This morning the Florida Senate considered and passed its version of PIP/No-fault reform package (CS/SC/SB1860) by a vote of 39-1. That set the stage for a largely procedural move where the content of the Senate Bill was amended onto and replaced the language of the House bill.   It was then sent to the House where it is now ready to be considered by the House -- if and when the leadership decides to consider it.
 
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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: Senate Advances PIP Bill Providing Direct Access to DCís
By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Tallahassee – Slightly before 6 p.m., the Florida Senate considered on second reading CS/CS/SB 1860, the thoughtful, better PIP bill.  Sen. Negron (R-Palm City) successfully resisted pressure from the Governor’s staff to limit chiropractic participation in PIP to only follow-up treatments of patients initially diagnosed by an MD, DO or hospital owned facility physician.  Sen. Negron sponsored an amendment specifically including chiropractors among those physicians able to make the initial diagnosis.  The FCA continues to be very appreciative of Sen. Negron’s successful efforts to recognize the status of chiropractic physicians equal to that of MD’s and DO’s.

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2012 Legislative Update: Call to Action on Senate PIP Bill Ė SB 1860 by Senator Negron
By The FCA   
Monday, 05 March 2012
             Senate Bill 1860, the PIP bill sponsored by Senator Joe Negron (R-Palm City) has been placed on the Senate special order calendar for consideration as early as tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6th. The bill is a radical departure from the slash-and-burn product passed by the House that would eliminate access to chiropractic. Sen. Negron's proposal is a much more thoughtful and comprehensive product which actually addresses fraud and works to reduce premiums and protect patient choice. SB 1860, in its current form, is supported by the FCA and coalition partners. Amendments to the bill can be offered on the floor of the Senate at the last minute, however, giving us no opportunity to inform you in time for to contact your Senator about such amendments.
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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: House Adopts Bad PIP Bill
By Jack Hebert, Gov.Relations Dir.; Paul Lambert, Gen.Counsel; and Kim Driggers, Asst.Gen.Counsel   
Friday, 02 March 2012
            Tallahassee – A few hours ago the Florida House considered on final consideration CS/CS/HB 119, the very unfavorable bill that proposes to replace PIP with a new emergency care coverage now rebranded as “Medical Care Coverage.”  Largely along party lines, the final vote was 85-30.  To see how your Representative voted, click here:
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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: Full House Advances Bad PIP Bill Toward Friday Vote
By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Thursday, 01 March 2012
             Tallahassee – Slightly before 6 p.m. the Florida House considered on second reading CS/HB 119, the very unfavorable bill that proposes to replace PIP with a new emergency care coverage.  Several procedural and technical amendments were adopted, however consideration on two other amendments were delayed until the bill is next considered and debated before a vote is taken on final passage, presumably as early as tomorrow.
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