Gov. Rick Scott reiterated Monday that he is keenly focused on pushing changes to the personal injury protection insurance system. During an interview with WFLA Radio in Tampa (via the News Service of Florida), Scott brought up the PIP issue as the third most important thing on his agenda going into the legislative session, after continuing the effort to improve the business climate to create jobs and education. Echoing remarks the governor made last week in his weekly radio address, Scott said cutting PIP fraud is essential to keeping the cost of living in Florida affordable. “We’ve got to deal with our PIP insurance, it’s costing us millions of dollars a year,” as consumers, Scott said. PIP coverage requires a driver’s insurance company to pay up to $10,000 to cover medical bills and lost wages after an accident regardless of who is at fault. Florida is one of a dozen states that require PIP coverage. The effort to reduce fraud is likely to center on whether to put restrictions on coverage of certain procedures or by certain providers, and whether to put caps on attorney fees.
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