The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) this week issued an appeal to massage therapists to contact Governor Rick Scott to encourage him to veto House Bill 119, which excludes massage therapists from motor vehicle personal injury protection (PIP) insurance billing.

The FSMTA suggested the state’s massage therapists write to the governor here:

The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor

Plaza Level 05, The Capitol

400 South Monroe St

Tallahassee, FL. 32399-0001

“The e-mail is Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com,” the association’s statement noted. “You are also encouraged to send the same letter via email to scott.kittel@laspbs.state.fl.us. This is the policy coordinator at the executive office of the governor.”

The FSMTA provided the following sample letter:

The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor

As a Licensed Massage Therapist and an affiliate with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), I am respectfully requesting that you please VETO House Bill 119 – Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance.

As professionals and consumers, we agree that PIP is broken. However, the proposed solution in HB 119 is not the right answer. As you know, this bill was in motion prior to the Legislative Session and lasted until late on the last day of Legislative Session. The bill passed by one vote – which tells you that there is not unanimous belief in this bill.

I believe that this bill will negatively impact many in the following categories:

Patients of automobile accidents – they will no longer have massage therapy as an option under PIP. There are countless medical journals, articles, medical research, and highly skilled medical practitioners that will attest to the medical benefit of massage therapy.

Patients in Emergency Rooms – with the new mandate, Emergency Rooms will see an unnecessary increase at their facilities – potentially preventing those with “real” emergencies due to the influx of automobile accident patients.

Type of care – massage therapy is a non-pharmaceutical approach to health and healing. Based on the mandate, this option does not appear to be considered.

Medical Providers – Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, and other medical practitioners all work together for the benefit of a patient. This bill drives division and prevents patients from getting Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies that have proven to be helpful.

These are just a few thoughts of what I believe will be a negative impact on all Floridians that are in an automobile accident.

Respectfully, I recommend that you VETO HB 119!

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