Florida House Amends CS/CS/HB 119 relating to Personal Injury Protection
Mar 2, 2012
CS/CS/HB 119 relating to Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) insurance by State Representative Jim Boyd was read for a second time in the Florida House of Representatives yesterday, March 1, 2012.
The House adopted a series of amendments that made the following changes to CS/CS/HB 119:
- Requires licensure applications or exemptions from licensure for clinics to contain an insurance fraud notice.
- Removes the limit on attorneys’ fees for class action lawsuits on PIP
- Extends the time limit for receiving care under medical care coverage from 72 hours to 7 days
- Adds a death benefit of $5,000
- Requires insurers to reimburse the Medicaid program within 30 days of receiving notice that the Medicaid program paid benefits for injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident.
- Clarifies that benefits are overdue if not paid within 30 days of receiving a claim, but makes provisions for the partial payment of claims or rejected claims
- Clarifies that medical care coverage supersedes PIP for policies new or renewed after the effective date.
Representative Boyd offered an amendment to increase to $2,500 the sublimit for non-emergency care rendered outside of a hospital setting. This amendment was withdrawn, but will likely be offered on Third Reading.
State Representative Mike Horner offered an amendment that would require bodily injury liability insurance of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence. This amendment also was withdrawn, but likely will be offered on Third Reading.
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