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Florida legislator to introduce bill that cracks down on fraud

Posted On Wed, March 16, 2011

Florida's insurance commissioner has made it his personal mission to stem the tide of auto insurance fraud. Now, the state legislature is taking up the charge.

According to the Bradenton Herald, House Bill 1411 will be introduced to the State Congress by Representative Jim Boyd, the chief sponsor of the legislation. The paper reports the law, if passed, would make car crash reports more comprehensive and would make penalties more severe for people taking advantage of the system.

The paper reports the law would also reform the state's personal injury protection laws, which fraudsters have zeroed in on.

"PIP has become a target for about $1 billion," Boyd told the paper. "This is a bill that gets at curtailing the fraud."

Another proposal in the bill, according to the paper, includes adopting new billing practices to cut down on medical expenses.

While auto insurance rates in the state have been on the increase as fraud has become more prevalent, Florida motorists don't even pay the national average. According to Insure.com, auto insurance rates in the state average $1,476 annually, the 29th highest rate in the country. The national average is $1,561 per year.

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