State Farm Fired Back Very Quickly With Its Own Spin
Chris Neale, spokesperson for State Farm and its subsidiaries, responded quickly to comments posted by Chris Russo in the Lakeland Ledger regarding the sunset in 2007 a Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or "No-Fault" auto insurance law. The PIP/No-Fault law provided for payment of medical expenses, amoung other expenses, that were the result of operation, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle designed for use on the public highways. The law generally covered 80% of medical expenses, 60% of lost wages, mileage, a $5,000 death benefit, and a host of other benefits. These coverages were very important to hospitals and doctors for payment of medical expenses after car accidents as the number of people without health insurance or some other means to pay for healthcare grow. State Farm contended that hospitals, emergency rooms, and doctors would not suffer from the sunset of PIP.