Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Friday, February 17, 2017

Feb 16, 2017


Water Claims Spell Trouble for Florida Property Insurance Market

A steady drip usually signals bigger trouble, and this is no exception.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Editorial Board writes.

·         Thousands of Florida Mortgages Could Be At Risk Because of Insurance Abuse


Court Sides With UF Health Jacksonville in Case Against State Farm

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a Jacksonville Hospital in a battle with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company about how much information the Hospital should be required to provide about its charges.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Gardens Driver:  Florida Keeping No-Fault PIP Insurance “A Joke”

As far as driver Dick Natalizio of Palm Beach Gardens can see, State Leaders seem to be in no hurry to do much of anything when there is an obvious solution to a Car Insurance Problem staring them in the face.  The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports for the “Protecting Your Pocket” blog.


Prudential Insurance Company of America Accused of Wrongly Denying Claim

The Plaintiff holds The Prudential Insurance Company of America responsible because the Defendant allegedly upheld its decision to Deny her Disability Benefits despite having Sufficient Medical Evidence to support the Claim.  Wadi Reformado reports for the Florida Record.


Insurance Showing Delinquent for Hundreds of Florida Blue Customers

Policy Holders for one of Florida’s largest Health Insurance Providers, Florida Blue, are seeing Online and being told at places like Pharmacies that their Plans are Delinquent.  Clark Fouraker reports for WTLV.


NEBCO Insurance Services Expands into Florida, Opens First Office in Naples

The Greenwich, Conn.-Based Independent Insurance Agency provides Asset and Lifestyle Protection for High-Net-Worth Individuals Nationwide. The recently opened Office in Naples is the Firm’s First Expansion outside the Greenwich Area.  Insurance Journal reports.


Court Says Florida Law Banning Doctors From Asking Patients About Guns Unconstitutional

Florida Physicians can ask Patients about Firearms in the Home and put the information into a Medical Record without facing discipline from The State Medical Board or Fines of up to $10,000 Fine, a Federal Appeals Court Ruled Thursday.  Christine Sexton reports for Politico Florida.

·         Florida Legislators Load Up Bills to Eliminate “Gun-Free” Zones


Governor Scott Blasts Fellow Republicans as Job-Killers in Robocalls

Governor Rick Scott has begun bashing Fellow Republican Lawmakers by Robocalling their Constituents and accusing them of being Job-Killers for Backing Legislation that Eliminates the State’s Tourism and Economic-Development Agencies.  Marc Caputo reports for


The Nine Little Words That Could Cause a Legislative Train Wreck

The 2017 Legislative Session begins in Tallahassee in about two-and-a-half weeks and the Senate and House are still hashing out Details of a Critical Joint Rule so that Writing a Budget can get underway.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via “The Buzz” blog.


House Gambling Bill Draws Clear Battle Lines With Senate

Much of the 81-Page House Bill sets up a New 20-year Seminole Gaming Compact to replace the current 2010 Compact.  Daniel Ducasssi reports for Politico Florida.


Solvency II Drives Demand for Reinsurance During 1/1 Renewals, Fitch reports

The Main Beneficiaries are likely to be the Financially Strongest Reinsurers in the EU and any other Country whose Regulatory Regime is deemed Fully Equivalent to the Solvency II Regime, Fitch commented in a Release.  Insurance Journal reports.




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