Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, April 21
Apr 21, 2014
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2:00 p.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriters Association Safety Committee teleconference meeting. To view the agenda, click here.
Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance launched its most recent computer system upgrade, Personal Lines Claim Center. According to a release from the insurer, the personal claims component provides enhanced communication capabilities across business units and eliminates most manual processes while improving reporting and streamlining claims handling, National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com reports.
The Florida House is scheduled to vote on a bill Monday that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership, the Associated Press reports via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Coastal areas emerging as a national model
While the nation looks for solutions to the problem of rising sea levels, some coastal communities in Florida are taking action to save themselves from sinking into the ocean, the Sun-Sentinel’s William Gibson reports.
Florida regulators have ordered the state’s two largest lender-placed insurance companies to lower rates and reform certain business practices, John Hielscher reports for the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
A South Florida doctor with campaign finance ties to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., took in a whopping $20.8 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, according to an Associated Press analysis of physician data released by the Obama Administration, William Patrick reports for www.FloridaWatchdog.org.
The Sunshine State’s jobless rate increased by 0.1 percent to 6.3 percent despite adding 22,900 jobs in March, as more people are returning to the workforce, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
Much of the “work plan” put forth by both House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz has either been accomplished or is on track. But two big-ticket items favored by Weatherford – expansion of vouchers and a move to push most new state workers into a defined contribution pension system – have hit turbulence in the Senate as session enters its final two weeks. The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
For Charlie Crist to win back the Governor’s Mansion, South Florida voters need to do something they haven’t done in years: vote in bigger numbers in a governor’s race. The Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.
Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein sent an email endorsing Joe Geller in his race for State House District 100, the Miami Herald’s Amy Sherman reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.
Florida’s largest charter-school management company has come under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education for potential conflicts of interests in its business practices, federal authorities have confirmed, the Miami Herald’s Kathleen McGrory reports.
Until last year, few Floridians outside the agriculture belt realized the state’s $9 billion citrus industry — responsible for 76,000 jobs — was fighting for its life against a bacterial disease with no cure, Nancy Smith reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
The private insurance market is not in a position to fill the gap that would be created if Congress fails to renew the federal terrorism risk insurance program, concludes a new report to Congress by the government’s financial regulators, Andrew Simpson reports for Insurance Journal.
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