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Fl Insurance Commissioner calls for merge of PIP reform bills

Two bills aiming to end staged accidents and personal injury protection abuse are moving through both chambers of the Florida Legislature. As Sascha Cordner reports, the state’s insurance commissioner says he likes different parts of the House and Senate PIP proposals, and envisions a marriage of both.

Florida’s Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty says there are elements of both House Bill 119 and Senate Bill 1860 that will bring comprehensive personal injury protection, or PIP reform.

“The House Bill more directly limits provider networks that would be compensated under the PIP law which will probably engender more savings. The Senate approach, there are certainly things in there that would improve methods of investigating fraud and targets some of the litigation costs and utilization.”

McCarty says he believes it’s the mission of the Governor and CFO Jeff Atwater to make sure the Legislature passes PIP legislation. He says if personal injury protection does not get fixed, the coverage plan, that all Florida drivers must carry, might get nixed.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.