TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Something will have to give for lawmakers to get reforms to Florida's personal injury protection (PIP) law before Friday's adjournment.
The Senate passed a measure Wednesday that has major differences with 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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