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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: Senate Advances PIP Bill Providing Direct Access to DCs
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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 SB 1860 by Senator Negron
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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
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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
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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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Field Alert/Call to Action on Bad PIP Bill CS/HB 119
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By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Thursday, 01 March 2012
             At any time, the full Florida House will be considering CS/HB119 – the very bad PIP/No-fault reform bill that in its present form completely eliminates access to chiropractic through an emergency room-based system. Your help is needed immediately to stop an amendment that is being falsely labeled as pro-chiropractic.
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Calls to Action: Please Follow Your FCA
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By The FCA   
Thursday, 01 March 2012
            Each legislative session presents the opportunity for many differing interests to provide their commentary on legislative activities in Tallahassee, often providing suggestions on how to best influence your Senators and Representatives. As you are well aware, your FCA Lobby Team quite often requests your participation in grassroots efforts to contact your legislators to share your views. We depend on – and appreciate – your prompt and thoughtful action.
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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: Senate PIP Bill Passes Final Committee
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By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
            Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:30pm, Tallahassee – Moments ago, the Senate Budget Committee considered and passed SB1860 by Sen. Joe Negron (R-Palm City) proposing a variety of reforms to Florida’s no-fault automobile insurance system. The Negron proposal is the preferred bill currently moving through the Legislature, in stark contrast to the House bill which continues to be anti-consumer, anti-chiropractic and pro-insurance.
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Bad House PIP Bill Placed on Special Order Calendar
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By The FCA   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
The onerous House PIP bill, HB119 by Rep. Boyd, has been placed on the special order calendar for full House consideration as early as tomorrow afternoon. Thank you to all who have sent messages to House members and enlisted others to do so. While it has appeared that House Republicans have been “locked down” to vote for this measure when it has been considered in various committees, there is a possibility that there may not be a “lockdown” for the floor vote. So, please continue your contacts to all House members as first suggested in the FCA poster several weeks ago. 
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Legislative Update: Senate Budget Committee Taking Up SB1860 Again Today
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By The FCA   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Yesterday at 6:45pm, the Senate Budget Committee temporarily passed Senate Bill 1860 by Senator Negron, so that consideration of the bill could continue in a subsequent meeting which began at 2:30pm today. To all who have contacted members of this committee, thank you for your efforts. 

 

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Call to Action on Bad Amendment to Better PIP Bill, Senate Bill 1860 by Negron
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By The FCA   
Tuesday, 28 February 2012

                 At 3:45 this afternoon, the Senate Budget Committee will turn its attention to Senate Bill 1860 by Sen. Joe Negron (R-Palm City) which proposes a number of changes to Florida's PIP/No-fault insurance system.  The bill is a radical departure from the slash-and-burn product currently moving through the House.  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.

                Of concern is a very bad 146-page amendment which was filed hours ago on Monday evening, Amendment #344314 by Senator Richter, which would conform SB 1860 more closely to the bad House PIP bill by Rep. Boyd. 

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