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Governor Signs PIP Legislation, HB 119
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By The FCA   
Monday, 07 May 2012
                Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed into law the PIP legislation known as House Bill 119 – replete with clashing effective dates and complexities that many say could lead to a flurry of litigation.

                Members have asked what to do on July 1 when the PIP bill glitch takes effect. It is recommended that members continue to file PIP claims following the usual course of business. Members are requested to notify the FCA should an insurer deny a claim based upon the glitch.
 
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PIP/No-Fault Reform: New Problems, Questions Surface as Govís Countdown Begins
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By The FCA   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Just as the Legislature finally delivered its PIP/No-Fault reform proposal to Gov. Scott’s desk last Friday, new problems and questions came to light, likely impacting his presumed approval of the measure.  Scott has a constitutionally-mandated 15 days to make a decision whether to approve or veto House Bill 119, the Legislature’s last-minute attempt to reform PIP this year.  The flawed bill continues to generate considerable controversy.

 

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PIP BULLETIN Ė WATCH FOR SOLICITATIONS AND BAD LEGAL ADVICE!
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By The FCA   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

In the post-Session frenzy of the new PIP law (expected to become law soon), many of our members have received solicitations from medical doctors to provide chiropractic patients an Emergency Medical Condition (“EMC”) determination in order to attempt to obtain the full $10,000 in PIP benefits. BEWARE! These schemes violate federal and state fraud and abuse laws. Additionally, it appears that some lawyers are sending members bad information on the anticipated interpretation of the new PIP law.

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List of Effective Dates for HB 119
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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