Dear Members and Friends,

Last week, the Legislature continued the debate regarding the current PIP auto insurance system and whether Florida should adopt a mandatory bodily injury liability insurance model. The insurance industry and their allies in Tallahassee are trying to use the PIP issue as an opportunity to limit the rights of injured motorists and increase their profits. The FJA pushed back in Senate and House committees by arguing that Florida should adopt a mandatory bodily injury liability insurance system currently used in 48 states.

And in the area of medical malpractice, a House committee voted to give sovereign immunity to emergency room physicians, whether at public or private hospitals. The bill passed out of its first committee which due to the makeup of the committee was expected. The FJA made arguments before the House that this bad public policy will lead to diminished care for your clients and will pass along an excessive fiscal cost to the state’s taxpayers. This issue is far from over, and we are confident that we will stop this bill in its tracks before session concludes in March.

Watch our Capital News Update to see how the Legislature’s actions pertaining to auto insurance and medical malpractice affect your clients and your practice.

Thank you again for your support of the FJA and for following our issues. Find out how you can be a part of the cause by calling our Legislative Department at (850) 521-1030.

 

Sincerely,

Debra Henley
FJA Executive Director