Capitol to Courthouse Daily Florida Insurance Report: Friday, February 25
Feb 25, 2011
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HB 967 relating to Personal Injury Protection by State Representative Mike Horner
HB 967 would provide that circuit courts have exclusive original jurisdiction over unresolved arbitration actions involving Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law. Should it become law, HB 967 would require requests for the disclosure of certain information to be by certified mail. It also would revise reference to Medicare Part B payments as a schedule for an insurer’s discretionary use when limiting reimbursement of certain medical services, supplies and care. It also specifies the Medicare fee schedule or payment limitation that is to be used by an insurer to limit reimbursements. HB 967 would require both policyholders and any assignee to cooperate under the terms of the applicable policy and require an assignee provider to submit to an examination under oath, the recording of which would be authorized. The bill would further require a provider to produce certain knowledgeable individuals for examination and require certain records to be provided by claimants for inspection. Certain actions by an insurer would constitute unfair and deceptive trade practices under the provisions of the bill, which subjects insurers to penalties for these practices. HB 967 would create a presumption relating to failing to appear for examination, as well as limit the amount of attorney’s fees. Use of contingency risk multipliers would be prohibited. Finally, HB 967 would authorize binding arbitration for dispute resolution and provide for the appeal of an arbitration award, as well as scope of review on appeal. Effective date: upon becoming law
Four years ago lawmakers included the report cards in major property insurance reforms.
A statewide alliance of consumer advocates, insurers and government agencies is pursuing legislative reforms to save consumers money and crack down on rampant staged-accident rings that are looting Florida’s no-fault system and raising auto premiums for honest drivers.
The hurricane-resistant window and door maker – bringing 400 jobs back to Southwest Florida, largely by consolidating its North Carolina plant in Venice – reported sales of $39 million, an increase of $3 million.
An intense last-ditch effort to save high-speed rail in Florida collapsed Thursday with Governor Rick Scott rejecting the plan, and then angry lawmakers accused him of overstepping authority and threatened legal action.
After a hard-fought political campaign, voters approved two measures last fall that would change how Florida’s congressional and legislative districts are drawn every decade.
Saying that state workers, teachers and firefighters should know now how much money they will be asked to pay, a top state senator on Thursday proposed capping the amount that employees would be required to contribute to the state pension plan.
A legislative fight could be brewing over the future of the state’s prescription drug database — even though the database is still not operational.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said Thursday that recent rule changes have made it too easy for nonviolent felons to get their civil rights restored after completing their sentences, and she wants to undo them.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos responded Wednesday to criticism of the “Smart Cap” proposal he plans to pass during the first week of the upcoming legislative session.
Senate Republicans say they are intent on making good on last fall’s campaign. promises – setting the stage for a highly partisan opening week of the 2011 Legislature.
Former House Speaker and potential 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, arriving at tonight’s Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day dinner, says several Floridians could end up on the Republican presidential ballot next year.
Minnesota congresswoman, conservative bomb-thrower and potential 45th President of the United States of America Michele Bachman is scheduled to address south Florida tea party activists March 4 in Jupiter.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos was given a letter of admonishment by a Senate panel after admitting to an ethics violation for incorrectly filling out financial disclosure forms.
No major change expected in 9 percent plea
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said Wednesday his office is still reviewing a 9 percent rate increase sought by the state-run property insurance company and wants the agency to answer some questions before he makes a decision.
A racketeering lawsuit brought by the ambulance industry against seven insurers should be dismissed because there is no evidence Highmark and the other insurance companies colluded on anything illegal, lawyers for the insurers said today in a motions hearing in Pittsburgh federal court.
Gary Filip builds houses for a living, so four years ago, when it came time to build his own, he wanted the greenest, most energy efficient home.
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