Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, August 7, 2015

Aug 7, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


  • Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association Board of Directors’ meeting.  Orlando, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

    • The Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guranty Association  Audit Committee meeting is scheduled to meet at 8:45 a.m.


Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Governor Scott declares state of emergency for Tampa Bay

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Dixie, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Taylor counties in response to heavy rains that have inundated the Tampa Bay region.  Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports for “The Buzz” blog.


Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to push balance billing ban in 2016

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation will support efforts to limit what physicians can charge insured patients who seek emergency medical care from out-of-network providers, Christine Jordan Sexton reports for Politico Florida.


Broward Mayors:  “We Want Uber Back”

Eight mayors in Broward appeared in a full-page Sun Sentinel ad this week urging the county to “bring back options like Uber.”  Brittany Wallman reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Raymond James Insurance Group buys 60-person firm

St. Petersburg-based Raymond James Financial Inc’s Insurance Group said announced yesterday that it acquired Producers Choice, a private insurance and annuity marketing company, for an undisclosed amount, a move that cuts outsourcing costs and adds a 60-person sales team, Reuters reports.


Corrine Brown asks federal court to save her seat

Florida U.S. Representative Corrine Brown filed a motion on Thursday asking a federal court in Tallahassee to overturn a Florida Supreme Court ruling that declared her congressional seat to be unconstitutional, Mike Schneider reports for the Associated Press.


South Florida to Host Democratic Debate

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that Miami will host one of six debates for Democratic candidates.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via CBSLocal Miami.


Florida citations against Planned Parenthood may not be valid

Planned Parenthood is accusing state health care officials of wrongly citing three of their abortion clinics with violations of state licensing requirements, Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Auslen reports for “The Buzz” blog.


Sea defenses not enough to protect delta cities from rising flood risk study

New research suggests that the probability of flooding in cities and megacities built on river deltas is on the increase and over time, the Mississippi and the Rhine may become up to eight times more at hazard from rising tides, storm surges or catastrophic downstream floods, The Guardian reports via




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