On May 4, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into a law a bill that will prohibit the state’s massage therapists and acupuncturists from billing personal injury protection (PIP) insurance.
Concurrently, a new organization, United Practitioners Organization, Inc., launched. The nonprofit group is working to educate health care professionals and consumers about the law, and is soliciting donations toward its efforts to reverse the law.
Until Gov. Scott signed the bill, both massage therapy and acupuncture were reimbursable by PIP insurance. The new law also mandates medical benefits be reduced from $10,000 to $2,500 unless the consumer proves within 14 days that he or she has an emergency medical condition.
“We, (including you) are a group of Consumer Advocates, Health Care Practitioners, and even accident victims who are here to help fight for the constitutional rights of all,” reads a statement on United Practitioners Organization, Inc.’s website.