Senate PIP bill slip, will come up again

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The Senate’s package aimed at reducing costs in the state’s no-fault insurance industry stalled at least temporarily on Tuesday following a contentious meeting of the Senate Budget Committee that portends the controversy yet to come, reports the News Service of Florida. The measure, SB 1860, was temporarily postponed after a flurry of amendments were filed and defeated in what was supposed to be the committee’s last meeting. Many of the amendments were introduced to bring acupuncturists and massage therapists back into the pool of providers who could treat accident victims. The issue is but one of a series of contentious issues facing the bill, which backers say is needed to reform the state’s personal injury protection system. Backers of reform say PIP, which provides up to $10,000 in medical coverage following a crash, is riddled with fraud, costing policyholders nearly $1 billion in additional premiums. Following extensive debate and a ticking clock, the budget committee was given authority to meet one more time to address the issue.

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