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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: Committee Approves Bad House PIP Bill
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By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Friday, 24 February 2012
         Over strong objections by the provider community, attorneys and consumer groups, the House Economic Affairs Committee today passed yet another re-draft of a PIP/No-Fault reform measure on a straight party-line vote.  The latest version of the bill, which only came into public view last night, continues to unfairly deny accident victims the right to seek treatment by chiropractic physicians.  No amendments were adopted by the committee.
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Legislative Alert: Contact House Economic Affairs Committee NOW re Bad PIP Bill
Up To The Minute
By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Thursday, 23 February 2012
The House Economic Affairs Committee will take up House bill 119 – the onerous bill which would create an emergency room-only PIP system – at its next meeting, beginning at 8am tomorrow morning.   While no agenda and no amendments have been formally published, the FCA has been informed that a new bill text is likely to be offered as an amendment.  Any such amendment is unlikely to cure the original bill’s problems of no access to chiropractic services, allowing provider examinations under oath, mandating legal fee caps, and the many other onerous provisions of this bill that also does nothing to address criminal fraud.
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Both Sides Now: Media Attention on PIP/No-fault
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By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Relations Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Though Legislators were somewhat quiet this week on PIP/No-fault, advocates on both sides of the debate were not shy about trying to focus media attention on the issue.  On Thursday morning, CFO Jeff Atwater and Gov. Rick Scott participated in a news conference trying to draw attention to the problem of staged auto accidents by participating in -- of all things – a staged auto accident.  In addition, both used the occasion and their bully pulpits yet again to advocate passage of the bad House proposal, CS/HB119.
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PIP: Continue Messages to Florida House Members
Up To The Minute
By The FCA   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Thank you to all who have followed FCA requests to send messages and engage others in messaging Florida House members about the very bad PIP bill, HB 119 by Rep. Boyd. Please continue your activity as requested in the PIP poster issued by the FCA , as only one committee stop remains in the House and we believe that hearing could take place as early as this Friday, Feb. 17. If the bill is able to clear this hurdle, it would then be ready for floor action by the entire House.
 
Chiropractic in the News
Up To The Minute
By The FCA   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
            The chiropractic message on PIP and concussion issues is starting to appear in media around the state.  Here are links to several items from today’s news:
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2012 Florida Legislative Session Update: Legislature Hits Session Midpoint
Up To The Minute
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
Up To The Minute
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
Up To The Minute
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
Up To The Minute
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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FCA’s 2012 Legislative Agenda for a Healthier Florida
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By FCA Government Relations Team   
Friday, 27 January 2012
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Click here to download the Healthy Concerns pdf, FCA’s 2012 Legislative Agenda for a Healthier Florida.
 
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