TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) today released the following statement attributed to its assistant vice president of state government relations, Logan McFaddin, regarding House Bill 9, by Representative Tom Leek and co-sponsored by Representatives Anthony Sabatini and Charlie Stone, that today passed the House Commerce Committee.
“HB 9 is an important legal reform measure that will go a long way toward restoring fairness to Florida’s legal system by requiring medical expenses in personal injury claims to be based on the usual and customary charges for such treatment. This commonsense policy will reduce the practice of inflating medical expenses in an attempt to obtain multi-million dollar payouts for plaintiffs attorneys.
“APCIA thanks Representatives Leek, Sabatini, and Stone for their leadership on this issue and we appreciate the House Commerce Committee for passing HB 9.”
House Bill 9 has already passed the Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee and is now in a posture to be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee, its final committee of reference. SB 1668, which is comparable, has passed the Senate Judiciary and Health Policy Committees. It has also been referred to the Senate Banking and Insurance and Rules Committees.