COPY-Bills to restore no-fault auto insurance move forward

Associated Press - October 4, 2007 11:44 AM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's no-fault car insurance system would return in February under a measure approved unanimously by a Senate committee.

A House panel is expected to take up the bill later Thursday.

The state's no-fault personal injury protection law expired Monday. It required drivers to have coverage for medical care costs if there is an accident. It also protected drivers from lawsuits over who was at fault in most cases.

Opponents of the law, including many large insurance companies, say it needs to be scrapped because the system is rife with fraud.

But medical providers worry that without it, hospitals would be on the hook for the care of people injured in a crash who don't have health insurance.

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