Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, December 21

Dec 21, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News

Governor Scott appeals FEMA denial of Sandy help

Gov. Rick Scott is appealing a federal decision to leave out Florida’s claims for disaster-relief money to pay for damage done by Hurricane Sandy in late October.


Editorial:  Citizens insurance adjusts

Suspending loan program for at-risk insurers made sense

Florida officials and the Legislature have tried several different ways to push policy holders out of the state-run Citizens Property Insurance.


Given the option, all 19 counties vote not to inspect septic tanks

All 19 counties that were required to take action on septic tank inspections under a bill passed by the Legislature last spring have voted to opt out of the requirement, according to the Florida Department of Health.


Seniors cautioned on insurance solicitation

Seniors vs Crime, a special project of the Florida Attorney General, is warning seniors of a waterline insurance direct solicitation letter.


Man arrested for “fake stealing” own car

One day in October, a distraught victim reported the theft of his treasured 1932 Ford Coupe from his garage.


Florida justices limit private doctor-lawyer talks

Malpractice defendants must not try to circumvent a Florida law that bars them from obtaining confidential medical information about plaintiffs from other doctors or dentists who are treating them, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling Thursday.


Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board Adopts Annual Report & Appoints Executive Director

The Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board (FHIAB) met via conference call on Friday, December 14th to discuss passage of the Board’s annual report and the appointment of a permanent Executive Director.


Florida agency says health care to cost billions more

The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is now contending that the federal health care overhaul will cost state taxpayers billions more than estimates from just a few months ago.


Senator Ring files autism bill for the 5th time

SB 128 would allow parents to take child to a specialist without a referral or authorization from insurance company. 


Patrick Murphy wins seat on U.S. House Financial Services committee as he prepares to enter Congress

Two weeks from his first day on the job, Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy has clinched his top committee choice and set up plans with U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney to craft a bipartisan bill.


Imminent port strike would hit 4 Florida ports

Ports in Jacksonville, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami will shut down on Dec. 30 if a deal isn’t struck between dockworkers and shipping companies.


Gun sales booming in Florida after Sandy Hook shooting

Gun sales in Florida have surged since last week’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults.


State ranks third in population growth

Florida ranks third in the nation for population growth. New estimates released by the U.S. Census Thursday shows Florida grew by 235,000 residents. Florida trailed only Texas and California in sheer numeric growth.


Florida Supreme Court seeking 63 more judgeships

Florida’s crime rate may be falling, but the state Supreme Court on Thursday said 63 more trial court judges still are needed, due largely to high workloads from budget cuts and a glut of mortgage foreclosure cases.


U.S. House Passes Industry-Supported Medicare Secondary Payment Bill

The House Wednesday passed legislation sought by the insurance industry in three Congresses that would streamline enforcement of the Medicare Secondary Payment program.


FEMA:  Over 507,950 Individuals Registered for Assistance Post-Sandy

More than 507,950 individuals have registered for the Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance in wake of Superstorm Sandy, as of Dec. 17. FEMA also said this week that $1.09 billion in disaster aid has been approved so far.


New York Governor Vetoes Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Bill

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo this week has vetoed a bill concerning the Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists (“SUM”) coverage.


Louisiana Insurance Department Launches New Online Rate Comparisons

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says his department’s new online system will make it easier for Louisiana residents to shop for the best insurance rates in their cities.


2012 another recordsetter, fits climate forecasts

As 2012 began, winter in the U.S. went AWOL. Spring and summer arrived early with wildfires, blistering heat and drought. And fall hit the eastern third of the country with the ferocity of Superstorm Sandy.


Can the Corps of Engineers be forced to deliver more sediment to Louisiana by an unused provision in an existing federal law?

Louisiana may have found the muscle it’s been looking for to force the Army Corps of Engineers to make better use of the Mississippi River to deliver scarce sediment to the state’s coastline for rebuilding wetlands, a Tulane law professor said Thursday.



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