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Threats to consumers? Or threats to hospitals?

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A hearing late this afternoon before the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee could mark a session-long fight over Florida’s consumer protection laws as they relate to bill collectors harassing private citizens and hospitals finding themselves perhaps caught in a scam and paying a high penalty for a purposefully mismailed complaint. A bill by Sen. Kelli Stargel, a Lakeland Republican, Senate Bill 562, would shield hospitals from liability when bill collection demands continue to harass private citizens over their unpaid bills. But the bill creates more harassment…

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