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No-Fault Coverage to Return in Florida

Florida legislators have approved a return of the state's no-fault automobile insurance law, effective January 1 of next year, which means all drivers in the...
October 16, 2007

Florida legislators have approved a return of the state's no-fault automobile insurance law, effective January 1 of next year, which means all drivers in the state will be required to carry personal injury protection (PIP).  Although House Republicans tried to include limits on attorney fees in the bill, the provision was killed and caps were taken out of the bill.  Both chambers of the state legislature passed the measure. 

Florida's no-fault auto insurance law had been in effect for more than three decades, but because the PIP system was considered to be plagued by fraud, lawmakers allowed it to expire October 1.  Governor Charlie Crist ordered no-fault onto the agenda of a special legislative session and he is expected to quickly sign the bill restoring it into law.  A key component of the new law limits the types of medical professionals who can order or provide services under PIP and another sets up a medical fee schedule. Those provisions are expected to cut down the amount of fraud.

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