AHCA releases PIP memo to address glitch in new law

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Following through on efforts to make a seamless transition to the new personal injury protection (PIP) laws, Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek has released a memo detailing how the agency will handle an apparent glitch in the new law. Signed into law last week, HB 119 makes several changes to PIP, the mandatory, no-fault automobile insurance that provides up to $10,000 in medical coverage. An unforeseen hurdle surfaced after lawmakers approved the legislation when they discovered they inadvertently created a potential six-month gap in coverage. Some provisions of the law kick in July 1 but others don’t become effective until Jan. 1. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law anyway, saying that AHCA could make the necessary adjustments. The Office of Insurance Regulation has also stepped in and been assured by insurance companies that they will continue paying claims.

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