PIP reform loophole cited [The Miami Herald]
|By Tia Mitchell, The Miami Herald|
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The way the law is written, new licensing rules for clinics take effect on
He said Monday that something should be done to fix the law before the implementation date and Scott, currently starring in television ads touting the benefits of PIP reform, needs to do it.
"I'm putting the ball in his court," Kriseman said about the governor. "He is the guy who pushed for this legislation."
Kriseman said he has yet to hear from Scott's office. The governor is currently traveling with state business leaders in
Others say there is nothing for the governor to clarify.
Insurers say that even if there is a technical glitch in the way the law was written, they know better than to exploit it.
"For insurance companies to use the gap to deny claims I think would be an embarrassment," said
But Kriseman, a personal injury attorney, said he doesn't want to leave the decision up to insurance companies.
"As we typically say to children, 'If you want our trust you have to earn it through your actions,' and they haven't earned my trust thus far," he said.
Kriseman takes issue with other aspects of the law, including the definition of an "emergency medical condition." Only patients diagnosed with an emergency condition will be eligible for the full
That and other new provisions are untested and seemingly headed to the courts to clear up gray areas. But that won't happen until after the new year, when most of the policy changes take effect.
Kriseman said he is also concerned by complaints he has received from constituents that the PIP reform measure is being blamed for auto rate hikes. He doesn't have any hard evidence to back that up, but he said he's received several calls.
The PIP reform lawmakers passed on the final day of the 2012 legislative session is intended to reduce litigation and fraud and, as a result, car insurance premiums. Insurance companies pushed for many of the changes found in the law but resisted efforts by the
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