Governor Scott Expected To Sign New PIP Law Tomorrow Despite Potential Gap

According to Florida House sponsor Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton , and his Senate counterpart Joe Negron, R-Stuart, the new PIP law is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Scott tomorrow despite recent reports on the potential six month gap resulting from the July 1, 2012 and January 1, 2013 effective dates. Boyd and Negron report that any potential gap would be clarified through agency rulemaking or an executive order. “I think the legislative intent is clear,” Negron said.

According to the News Press report on the issue:

Jack McDermott, spokesman for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, said the agency expects few if any glitches in payments to providers.

Just in case, the Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses health providers, is drafting language to clarify that payments to qualified providers will continue to flow. “The purpose of the bill was not to create a six month gap,” McDermott said. “AHCA has publicly said they are going to issue rules to clear this up. We’ve encouraged insurers privately that PIP providers should be paid.”

On reports that Governor Scott may not sign the bill due to the potential gap:, Florida House sponsor Boyd stated: “If it comes to that I think there will be an agency rule to make it clear what we’re doing, but I don’t think it is going to come to that.”

The full article is available here.

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