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Federal Lawsuit Challenging PIP Law Dismissed
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By The FCA   
Friday, 18 January 2013
            On December 27, 2012 Federal Judge Richard A. Lazzara dismissed a lawsuit filed November 23, 2012 in the federal court in Tampa challenging the validity of the PIP law that became effective on January 1, 2013. The Plaintiffs are an acupuncture physician, a chiropractic physician, two licensed massage therapists, a John Doe and a Jane Doe.
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When Does “New PIP” Go Into Effect?
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By The FCA   
Thursday, 10 January 2013
We have all heard that “New PIP” goes into effect on January 1, 2013.  But, does that mean for all accidents occurring after 1/1/13?  Does it mean for any treatment occurring after 1/1/13?  Or does that mean for policies issued or renewed after 1/1/13?
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Are You Ready for the “New PIP?”
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By Kimberly Driggers, JD, FCA Asst. General Counsel   
Monday, 07 January 2013
Floridians, providers, lawyers, judges, and juries alike, are going to have to wade through the ambiguities of New PIP. We’re all in it together. Preparation is key. 
 
Well, as much preparation as is possible with New PIP.  
 
While we would all agree that the “new PIP” is not what Floridians need or expect, you can still be of tremendous service to your patients.  Start by reading this article and avail yourself of the many tools provided by the FCA legal staff to help you.  In a great new article written for the upcoming issue of the FCA Journal, FCA Assistant General Counsel Kim Driggers outlines pro-active steps you can take to deal with the transition.  
 

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Letter Requesting Notice When PIP Benefits Exhaust
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By FCA Insurance & Legal Department   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013

How will you know if a patient's PIP policy limits have been reached?

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PIP Checklist
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By FCA Insurance & Legal Department   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Kim Driggers, FCA Assistant General Counsel, has prepared a helpful checklist to assist your front office staff in screening for a potential denial of benefits.

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FAQs – HOUSE BILL 119 – NEW PIP LAW EFFECTIVE (PRIMARILY) JANUARY 1, 2013
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By Paul Lambert, JD, FCA General Counsel & Kimberly Driggers, JD, FCA Asst. General Counsel   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013

 CS/CS/HB 119 – the PIP bill passed by the Legislature last Friday night – is extremely confusing and is difficult to interpret and understand.  FCA legal staff is working to provide the answers to your many questions.

 Updated Wednesday, 18 April 2012

 

 

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PIP LAWSUIT UPDATE
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By The FCA   
Thursday, 20 December 2012

STATE FILES MOTION TO DISMISS IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO NEW PIP LAW 

 After Judge Richard Lazarra last week denied Plaintiff’s request for a temporary injunction to stop the new PIP law from going into effect on January 1st, it gave the State time to respond to the Complaint.  Several healthcare provider Plaintiffs represented by Luke Lirot, Esquire, of Clearwater, Florida, initially sued Florida Insurance Commissioner, Kevin McCarty, in State Court but then voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit and filed the same/similar lawsuit with different provider plaintiffs in Federal Court, Middle District of Florida. 

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PIP News: Class Action Settlements
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By The FCA   
Friday, 14 December 2012

MRI Associates vs. USAA Casualty Insurance Company 

 

DID YOU TREAT AUTO PATIENTS WITH USAA SINCE JANUARY 1, 2008?  IF YES, PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT.

 

JANUARY 8, 2013 OPT OUT DEADLINE

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NEW PIP LAW CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE UPDATE
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By The FCA   
Friday, 14 December 2012
Judge Richard A. Lazzara, Federal Judge, Middle District of Florida, issued a 9-page Order denying the Motion for Temporary Injunction in the lawsuit filed by Luke Lirot, Esquire, originally in Leon County State Court but recently dismissed and filed in Federal Court.


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PDF of FAQs – HOUSE BILL 119 – NEW PIP LAW EFFECTIVE (PRIMARILY) JANUARY 1, 2013
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By FCA Insurance & Legal Department   
Friday, 07 December 2012

CS/CS/HB 119 – the PIP bill passed by the 2012 Legislature – is extremely confusing and is difficult to interpret and understand. FCA legal staff continues to work daily to provide the answers to members’ many questions and to update information as it becomes available.

 

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