The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments April 1 in a dispute about how much State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. should pay to a firm that provided MRI services to auto-accident victims.

House Panel Eyes ‘PIP’ Medical Fees

Apr 16, 2019

Changes could be coming to a House proposal to alter rules in the personal-injury protection insurance system. 

‘PIP’ Repeal Moves Forward In Senate

Apr 2, 2019

A move to eliminate Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system advanced Monday in the Senate, though a similar House proposal has not been heard as the annual legislative session reaches its halfway point this week. 

In an Orange County case watched by the insurance industry and health-care providers, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday unanimously ruled against an insurer in a dispute about payments in the state’s personal-injury protection auto insurance system.

Court Rules Against Insurer In 'PIP' Payment Dispute

Feb 12, 2018

Pointing to “numerous conflicting decisions” by lower courts, a divided state appeals court ruled Friday against Progressive Select Insurance Co. in a dispute about how much should be paid to a hospital for treating a man injured in an auto accident.

Negron: PIP Repeal Needs To Include Medical Coverage

Dec 11, 2017

The Senate will consider the merits of repealing Florida's long-standing requirement for drivers to carry personal-injury protection insurance, but Senate President Joe Negron said it's important to ensure that any replacement coverage still provides Florida drivers access to medical coverage and funeral benefits.

State Could Scrap Auto Insurance Law

Apr 20, 2017

Florida may change the kinds of auto insurance drivers must purchase.

Justices Refuse To Reconsider ‘PIP’ Fees Ruling

Mar 30, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court this week rejected a request from medical providers that it plunge again into a dispute about payments by Allstate Insurance Company to care for auto-accident victims.

Florida currently requires auto drivers to carry personal injury protection of at least $10,000 in medical benefits. But critics say that isn’t enough to cover health care costs when there’s an accident. Lawmakers are considering changing up the insurance coverage drivers must have.

Court Sides With Hospital in ‘PIP’ Dispute

Feb 17, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a Jacksonville hospital in a battle with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company about how much information the hospital should be required to provide about its charges.

Chiropractor’s Challenge To ‘PIP’ Law Rejected

Feb 16, 2017

Rejecting arguments by a chiropractor, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday upheld part of a 2012 overhaul of the state's person-injury protection auto insurance system.

'PIP' Repeal Proposals Re-Emerge

Jan 31, 2017

Florida's no-fault auto insurance system could be nearing the end of its road.

Court Sides With Allstate In Medical Fee Fight

Jul 14, 2016

Adding to a legal debate before the Florida Supreme Court, an appeals court Wednesday sided with Allstate Insurance in a dispute with medical providers about fees paid to care for auto-accident victims.

Insurer, Hospital Tangle About Cost Information

Apr 20, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court is ready to wade into a dispute between State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and a major Jacksonville hospital about contracts and other documents that contain detailed information about how much the hospital charges for services.

Physicians' Group To Weigh In On 'PIP' Fees Case

Apr 5, 2016

The state Supreme Court on Thursday approved the Florida Medical Association's request to file a friend-of-the-court brief in a case about fees paid to medical providers who treat people injured in auto accidents.

Allstate Objects To FMA Brief In 'PIP' Fees Case

Mar 29, 2016

Allstate Insurance is objecting to an attempt by the Florida Medical Association to file a brief in a state Supreme Court case about fees paid to health providers who treat people injured in auto accidents.

Justices Agree To Take Up 'PIP' Fee Dispute

Jan 21, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to take up an appeal by Allstate Insurance Co. in a dispute about fees paid to health providers who treat patients injured in auto accidents. Justices issued an order saying they will hear the case, which comes after the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled in August in favor of medical providers.

Insurance Chief Raises Possibility Of Flushing No-Fault

Oct 29, 2015

The state insurance commissioner said Wednesday the time might be right to end Florida's "no-fault" auto insurance system, but lawmakers aren't expected to focus on such a change during the 2016 legislative session.

Auto Insurer Pushes For Hospital Contracts

Jul 28, 2015

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance is asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a dispute about whether a Jacksonville hospital needs to turn over information about contracts with health insurers.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal last month ruled in favor of Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, which now is known as UF Health Jacksonville, in the dispute stemming from personal-injury protection auto-insurance claims.

State Report Says Fraud Down In 'No Fault' Claims

Jan 5, 2015

A 2012 effort to reform the state's "no-fault" auto insurance system has halted the growth of fraud in the system, according to a new state report. But the numbers released Monday are still considered too preliminary to show the full impact of the law.

The report by the Office of Insurance Regulation found that since the law (HB 119) went into place on Jan. 1, 2013, there has been a drop in the number of personal-injury protection claims filed and dollars sought.

Supreme Court Says No To No-Fault Case

Apr 23, 2014

The Florida Supreme Court won't hear a challenge by acupuncturists and massage therapists who sought to overturn a 2012 law that supporters said would cut fraud from the state's no-fault auto insurance system.

Monday's decision effectively ends the case, which focused during appeals on whether unnamed plaintiffs had legal "standing" to pursue the challenge. But Adam Levine, an attorney for the challengers, has said in the past he could re-file the case with named plaintiffs.

With the decision, Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said the law proceeds, "nothing changes."

In an honor for both the students and the school, three University of South Florida juniors have been named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.

Not only are Michael Calzadilla, Kaitlin Deutsch and Fiona Kearns among the 238 students from across the country receiving the honor, they're also the only Goldwater Scholars this year in the State University System of Florida.

Hillsborough County ordinance designed to fight auto accident fraud under the state’s personal injury protection insurance law cannot be enforced, the Tampa Tribune reports. A lower court had blocked enforcement last year, and now the state’s Second District Court of Appeals has upheld the injunction without comment. The ordinance allowed the county to deny licenses to certain pain clinics as a way to stop criminals who were staging accidents and then working with clinic owners to defraud insurance companies. But an attorney for the clinics said the good clinics were being barred along with the bad.

You may have been received a call lately asking you to "tell your state Senator" to oppose the parent trigger bill.

If you have, you probably live in the district of a handful of mostly moderate Republicans who are still undecided about the bill.

It's a top priority of former Governor Jeb Bush and conservative leaders in the Legislature. It's become enemy number one to unions.

The bill would allow parents in failing schools to be able to vote for change - such as turning the facility into a charter school.