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In a case stemming from a child getting rushed to a hospital after a traffic accident, a federal appeals court Tuesday backed an air-ambulance firm in a dispute about whether the amount paid for helicopter services should be limited by Florida’s no-fault auto insurance law.

Court Rules Against Insurer In 'PIP' Payment Dispute

Feb 12, 2018

Pointing to “numerous conflicting decisions” by lower courts, a divided state appeals court ruled Friday against Progressive Select Insurance Co. in a dispute about how much should be paid to a hospital for treating a man injured in an auto accident.

Negron: PIP Repeal Needs To Include Medical Coverage

Dec 10, 2017

The Senate will consider the merits of repealing Florida's long-standing requirement for drivers to carry personal-injury protection insurance, but Senate President Joe Negron said it's important to ensure that any replacement coverage still provides Florida drivers access to medical coverage and funeral benefits.

State Could Scrap Auto Insurance Law

Apr 20, 2017

Florida may change the kinds of auto insurance drivers must purchase.

Justices Refuse To Reconsider ‘PIP’ Fees Ruling

Mar 30, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court this week rejected a request from medical providers that it plunge again into a dispute about payments by Allstate Insurance Company to care for auto-accident victims.

Florida currently requires auto drivers to carry personal injury protection of at least $10,000 in medical benefits. But critics say that isn’t enough to cover health care costs when there’s an accident. Lawmakers are considering changing up the insurance coverage drivers must have.

Court Sides With Hospital in ‘PIP’ Dispute

Feb 17, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a Jacksonville hospital in a battle with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company about how much information the hospital should be required to provide about its charges.

Court Sides With Allstate In Medical Fee Fight

Jul 14, 2016

Adding to a legal debate before the Florida Supreme Court, an appeals court Wednesday sided with Allstate Insurance in a dispute with medical providers about fees paid to care for auto-accident victims.

Hospital, Insurer Clash Over Payment Information

May 5, 2016
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In a battle between a major Jacksonville hospital and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with questions about how much information the hospital should be required to disclose about its charges for care.

Insurer, Hospital Tangle About Cost Information

Apr 20, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court is ready to wade into a dispute between State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and a major Jacksonville hospital about contracts and other documents that contain detailed information about how much the hospital charges for services.

Physicians' Group To Weigh In On 'PIP' Fees Case

Apr 5, 2016
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The state Supreme Court on Thursday approved the Florida Medical Association's request to file a friend-of-the-court brief in a case about fees paid to medical providers who treat people injured in auto accidents.

Justices Agree To Take Up 'PIP' Fee Dispute

Jan 21, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to take up an appeal by Allstate Insurance Co. in a dispute about fees paid to health providers who treat patients injured in auto accidents. Justices issued an order saying they will hear the case, which comes after the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled in August in favor of medical providers.

Court Backs Hospital In Insurer PIP Dispute

Nov 5, 2015
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An appeals court Wednesday rejected an attempt by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company to gather a variety of information about how much a Palm Beach County hospital charges to treat injured patients. State Farm filed the case under the state's personal-injury protection laws for auto insurance.

Insurance Chief Raises Possibility Of Flushing No-Fault

Oct 29, 2015
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The state insurance commissioner said Wednesday the time might be right to end Florida's "no-fault" auto insurance system, but lawmakers aren't expected to focus on such a change during the 2016 legislative session.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says Florida’s lawsuit climate is among the worst in the nation—for businesses. The business lobby association is pushing state legislators to crack down on trial lawyers—including one big name in the industry.

Auto Insurer Pushes For Hospital Contracts

Jul 28, 2015
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State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance is asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a dispute about whether a Jacksonville hospital needs to turn over information about contracts with health insurers.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal last month ruled in favor of Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, which now is known as UF Health Jacksonville, in the dispute stemming from personal-injury protection auto-insurance claims.


A federal hearing on Tuesday will consider if HCA hospitals are responsible for exhausting the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits of a Florida woman in one day, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CFO Atwater Not Ready to Replace Insurance Commissioner

Jan 28, 2015

State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater isn't ready to discuss a Louisiana official tabbed by Gov. Rick Scott as a possible replacement for Florida's longtime insurance commissioner.

Atwater's office reiterated Tuesday that he wants Cabinet members to clearly establish a new process to replace Cabinet-level appointees before discussing a potential move by Scott to replace leaders at the Office of Insurance Regulation, the Office of Financial Regulation and the Department of Revenue.

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Last month’s campaign fundraising totals show Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist has strong backing from Florida chiropractors.

 In April alone, individual chiropractors contributed at least $112,000 to Crist’s campaign - roughly 12 percent of his fundraising haul for the month.

Acupuncturists and massage therapists who were hoping the Florida Supreme Court would overturn a 2012 law that made significant changes to the state's no-fault auto insurance system are out of luck, the News Service of Florida reports.

The court has refused to hear the suit, so that means the PIP law, which set benchmarks for insurance rates and requires patients to seek treatment within 14 days of an accident, will remain in place.

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A report from Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation says the rates for personal injury protection insurance are declining because of a recent state law that requires insurers to lower premiums, or provide strong justification for why they’re not charging less.

OIR's preliminary analysis of the rates submitted by insurance companies that write policies for 75 percent of Florida drivers says since 2012, there has been an estimated average statewide savings in personal injury protection (PIP) premiums of 13.2 percent. 

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Committees in both the House and Senate are considering a call to get rid of the state’s “no-fault” auto insurance coverage, and replace it with a system that would force the insurer of the at-fault  driver to pay. 

Such a system would require drivers to carry a different kind of coverage, replacing personal injury protection (PIP) with bodily injury.

A Pembroke Pines chiropractor who was allowed to keep practicing after pleading guilty in the 1980s to defrauding insurance companies is in trouble again, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. This time, David Hirschenson is accused of illegally chasing down accident victims to offer them medical services.

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A new law has added more synthetic drugs to the state’s controlled substances list, the Associated Press reports.  It’s now a third-degree felony to make or sell these drugs that are more commonly known by their street names: K2, spice and bath salts. 

A bill that would allow the state’s cash-strapped prescription-drug database to receive funds from pharmaceutical companies is moving to the House floor for a vote, but the most significant part of the bill was stripped out: It no longer includes a requirement for doctors to check it, the Associated Press reports.

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A year ago, the Florida Legislature overhauled no-fault insurance -- “PIP,” for personal injury protection -- saying it was riddled with fraud. But a judge put the overhaul on hold. Now a Senate panel is considering getting rid of PIP altogether in exchange for a traditional auto-insurance system, in which the driver at fault would be responsible for  medical bills, the Florida Current reports. 

In other legislative news: 

A lawmaker who wants to get rid of “personal injury protection” insurance in Florida got support from a Leon County judge’s temporary injunction against a key part of last year’s PIP overhaul, the Florida Current reports. The parts placed on hold are a $2,500 limit on non-emergency care after an auto accident and the 14-day deadline to get treatment.  

A bill that sets out to improve the way Florida deals with non-violent drug offenders would provide  reentry and treatment programs, the Miami Herald Naked Politics blog reports. The bill is known as “Smart Justice” and inmates who are serving the last three years of their sentence would be eligible.