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Governor hops aboard PIP train

By Regan McCarthy

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida Governor Rick Scott is pushing Personal Injury Protection or PIP reform. Regan McCarthy reports Scott laid out his suggestions at the Capitol Tuesday for the direction that change would take.

In Florida drivers are required to carry PIP insurance, which covers up to 10-thousand dollars in health bills and lost wages following an accident. But Governor Scott says some people are taking advantage of it. Florida is among the top states for staged accidents, bogus injury clinics and PIP fraud. Scott says the practice is costing citizens almost a billion dollars a year.

"People are taking advantage of an existing program that was set up to reduce the cost of insurance and exactly the opposite is happening."

Scott says some Floridians have voiced concerns about driving saying they're worried they'll become part of a staged accident and forced to pay for someone's fake injuries. Scott proposes litigation reform and provider reform as two main steps for dealing with insurance fraud in the state.