TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Time is running out for the Florida House and Senate to come up with a workable solution to personal injury protection (PIP) reform before Friday’s adjournment.
On Wednesday, the Senate passed its version of a reform bill which has major differences compared to the legislation passed in the House. Some differences include a time limit to file claims and what kind of providers could be included. Massage therapists and acupuncture are not included in one version.
The PIP bill (HB 119) passed in the Senate on a 39-1 vote without debate with Sen. Arthenia Joyner the lone dissenter.
Lawmakers have attempted without success for years to crack down on the fraud that has led to skyrocketing rates for Florida drivers. Florida is among a handful of states with PIP, designed to ensure that anyone hurt in a wreck could seek timely medical treatment.
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