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Senate Panel Postpones PIP/No-fault Repeal Proposal

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Tallahassee – Earlier today the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee decided to delay public testimony and a final vote on a controversial proposal aimed at repealing Florida’s decades old No-fault/PIP insurance requirement. Much of their allotted two-hour meeting time was consumed by consideration of other bills, delaying final consideration of Senate Bill 150 by Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) until the committee next meets.

Tallahassee – Earlier today the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee decided to delay public testimony and a final vote on a controversial proposal aimed at repealing Florida’s decades old No-fault/PIP insurance requirement. Much of their allotted two-hour meeting time was consumed by consideration of other bills, delaying final consideration of Senate Bill 150 by Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) until the committee next meets.

Lee’s original bill seeks to eliminate PIP and institute a new requirement that drivers purchase mandatory bodily injury coverage together with a $5,000 medical payments                      policy. However, a last-minute amendment filed yesterday proposed to limit medical payments to hospital based emergency services.
images Consideration of the bill and amendment will likely be postponed until the committee next meets in January in conjunction with the start of the legislature’s regular 2018 session. A PIP-repeal bill in the House has already passed its only committee of reference and is now ready for consideration by the full House when session begins.

Thank you to those FCA members who took the time to contact their senator to voice their opposition to the amendment. Watch for further updates in the coming weeks and for more information you can use to help educate your patients on the issue. This is but one skirmish in a protracted battle as the FCA once again seeks to defeat efforts to repeal PIP.

In the meantime, a polite phone call or e-mail is still in order to senators on the committee prior to their January meeting. Please consider these points in crafting your personal appeal:

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Urge them to please vote NO on Amendment 543534 (Senator Lee’s amendment on SB 150 relating to mandatory bodily injury.)

The amendment requires Florida drivers to pay for mandatory medical payment coverage -- but only allows Florida drivers to use that coverage in the hospital or the ERs, forcing anyone injured in auto accidents to seek the most expensive treatment.

In a state focused on an opioid crisis, Florida does not need to drive accident victims into the hospital. Injured victims should have a choice to seek drug-free, non-surgical treatment as their first course of action.

 

Please call the member’s local/district office or e-mail the Senate Banking Insurance Committee members – or the member closest to you listed below. Links are provided with contact information for each Senator.


Chair: Senator Anitere Flores (R): www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S39
Vice Chair: Senator Greg Steube (R): www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S23

Committee Members: