Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, left, recommended the rule change "in an abundance of caution," to protect the industry and consumers. Photo by Travis Pillow 8-3-12
The Florida Cabinet unanimously passed an emergency rule implementing changes to a form filled out by auto accident victims seeking health care in order to prevent “confusion in the marketplace”.
The new form specifies that patients can only receive up to $2,500 in non-emergency care. Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature passed HB 119 this year implementing the non-emergency care cap, which takes effect Jan. 1. Some insurers were worried patients would seek care expecting their personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to cover the expense, leading to lawsuits.
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