Board of Massage Therapy
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: 850-488-0595
Fax: 850-412-2681
Email: MQA_MassageTherapy@doh.state.fl.us

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 24 hours/2 years
Min 12 hours of hands-on MT techniques
Min 2 hours of medical error prevention
Min 2 hours of Florida law
Min 2 hours of ethics

Regulation Type: 
State License

Bill Excluding Massage from No-Fault Auto Accident Insurance Coverage is Signed into Law

On May 4, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed Florida House Bill 119, which reforms Florida’s mandatory no-fault auto insurance law, also known as “Personal Injury Protection” (PIP).  The new law excludes massage from the medical benefits that are covered under PIP.  Thus, beginning January 1, 2013, massage therapists can no longer receive PIP reimbursement for massage services.  If you currently bill PIP for massage therapy performed in connection with auto accidents, you will not be able to do so after December 31 of this year.

Florida Insurance Bill Discontinues Coverage of Massage Therapy

Florida House Bill 119, into which Senate Bill 1860 was merged, would reform Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance in Florida. The PIP reform bill eliminates coverage for massage therapy and acupuncture. The bill passed both houses of the Florida legislature and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. Scott pledged to make PIP reform his primary focus of the legislative session.


The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has filed a legal challenge to the Florida Board of Massage Therapy's decision to use the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards' (FSMTB) Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) exclusively beginning in May 2009. The NCBTMB charges that the FSMTB has not yet proved their ability to administer the exam efficiently, there is a conflict of interest because the chair of the Florida board is also the vice president of the FSMTB, and that the NCBTMB will lose revenue because of its exclusion.


On April 25, 2008, the Florida Board of Massage Therapy voted to accept the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB: www.fsmtb.org). The board voted to begin accepting the MBLEx on August 1, 2008, and use it exclusively beginning May 1, 2009. The board previously accepted the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a qualification for licensure.


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