There is a problem with the new personal injury protection (PIP) reform law that Governor Scott just signed into law last week, and that problem is with a date or two dates to be exact, according to the Insurance Journal.
Under the new law, effective July 1, medical providers may charge insurers a reasonable amount for services. But the new list of approved and eligible medical providers does not take effect until January 1, 2013.
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the state agency in charge of licensing PIP medical providers, has released a three-page memo trying to eliminate the six-month gap.
AHCA’s General Counsel Stuart Williams acknowledged that the six-month gap “places the agency in a conundrum.”
AHCA says that it will require insurers to reimburse providers, treating the June 1 effective date and January 1 effective date as essentially the same.
But that raises a legal question as to whether a state agency has the legal authority to make such requirements, and attorneys may take the issue to court.
Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Jack McDermott said the matter now stands with AHCA. “The purpose of the bill was not to create a six month gap, and we’ve encouraged insurers privately that PIP providers should be paid.”
Have you or someone you know been injured in a Florida car accident and need medical care?
The Miami personal injury lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene may be able to help.