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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: Legislature Hits Session Midpoint
By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Friday, 10 February 2012

           (Thursday, February 9, 2012, Tallahassee) – Wednesday of this week marked the mid-point of Florida’s 2012 Legislative Session, as legislators continued their negotiations on a wide variety of issues including their two constitutionally-mandated tasks; crafting a balanced state budget and reapportioning the state’s political districts.  Assuming they end their deliberations on time, March 9th will mark the end of their earlier-than-usual session (required each ten years following the decennial census).

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Legislative Update: Senate PIP/No-fault Reform Passes First Committee Stop
By Jack Hebert, FCA Govt. Rel. Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Friday, 03 February 2012
            (Thursday, 5:30pm, Tallahassee) Moments ago, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee unanimously gave its approval to HB 1860 authored by Sen. Joe Negron (R-Palm City). The bill contains a variety of reforms preserving the state's no-fault insurance system while offering a series of fraud fighting measures designed to reduce costs. The Senate idea is dramatically different from a bill moving in the Florida House that seeks to replace PIP with a new emergency care only system.
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Patient/Consumer Contact Needed Now on Dastardly House PIP Bill
By FCA Government Relations Team   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
                         Aposter is attached for use by your patients, staff and others incontacting Florida House members about the horrific PIP bill byRep. Boyd. His bill, CS for HB 119C, would force Floridians injuredin auto accidents to emergency rooms within 72 hours of an accidentin order to receive care and would eliminate access to chiropracticservices for auto injuries. Place this poster in your waiting room next to a laptop with internetaccess, so that patients can easily and quickly send a message totheir legislators. Sample messages appear on the poster. You canalso share it easily via e-mail with family and friends.
           CS for HB 119C is not on the agenda for committee considerationthis week. Please watch future bulletins for more updates and continuecontacts to House members using instructions and messaging on theattached poster until further notice.
 
Legislative Update: House Subcommittee Advances Radical PIP Alternative
By FCA Government Relations Team   
Friday, 27 January 2012
           Tallahassee – CS for HB 119C by Rep. Boyd, a bill which provides emergency room care for only very serious auto injuries within 72 hours of the accident, passed out of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday morning.   Purchase of this proposed coverage would mean that less than very serious injuries won’t be paid for, choice of doctors would be denied and no DC treatment would be allowed.  The bill is opposed by all of our coalition partners, including the FMA, FOMA, FJA and other provider groups.  Nevertheless, the bill passed out of the Civil Justice Subcommittee on a straight party-line vote, 10-5, with no amendments allowed by the Republican leadership in the House.    The FCA team was on hand to testify against it, along with volunteer leaders Drs. Jeff Morrison, Chip Smith and Dennis Fiorini. 
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Your Action Needed Today: Horrific PIP Bill CS for HB119C
By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012

            The worst PIP bill seen to date, CS for HB 119 sponsored by Rep. Boyd, is on the agenda for consideration by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 25th, at 8:00am. Please make it a personal priority today to contact members of this committee listed below. This bill creates a PIP system that would be totally based on emergency care. Only those (a) transported by ambulance, (b) treated in a hospital by MD, DO, dentist, ARNP or PA, or (c) admitted to the hospital would be eligible for the $10,000 in benefits. Hospital care must take place within 72 hours of the accident. Only if you have one of these scenarios could you then get “subsequent care” by the same listed providers. No treatment by DC or LMT is allowed. Click here to see a list of the changes this bill would create by shifting from a PIP to an “emergency care system.”

            This bill would not only be damaging to DC’s and other health care providers who aren’t hospital-based practitioners: It is patently anti-consumer for many reasons. Here are just a few of the obvious flaws that can be mentioned to legislators listed below, who will be considering this bill tomorrow morning:

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Florida Legislative Session Update: House Committee Approves Emergency-Only Auto Insurance Revamp
By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
           Tallahassee – Less than 24 hours after the start of their their annual lawmaking session, a Florida House subcommittee gave their nod of approval to a proposal hidden from view until the last minute proposing radical and sweeping changes to the state’s current PIP/no-fault insurance law. By a straight party-line vote of the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee, a Republican-controlled majority approved a measure that would have the effect of forcing all future auto accident victims into hospital emergency rooms to seek care, at the same time unreasonably excluding any and all access to chiropractic care.
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PIP Reform Ideas Surface on Sessionís Eve
By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Monday, 09 January 2012
Tallahassee – The day before state lawmakers are set to kick-off their annual 60-day session, two of the newest proposals seeking to reform the state’s no-fault automobile insurance program have just been released.  One, in the form of an actual Senate bill, makes a variety of modest adjustments aimed at attacking fraud, with a few exceptions that are of concern.  The other, believed to be a draft of a possible future House bill, is a massive redesign of PIP proposing an emergency care system which effectively eliminates access to chiropractic treatment.

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