Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, December 04, 2017

Dec 4, 2017

Nearly 1,200 Buildings in the Keys were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma

Included in the number are 727 Structures in Unincorporated Monroe County. Not included are mobile homes because is many instances, Inspectors couldn’t match a structure with a Lot because of the damage.  Katie Atkins reports for the Florida Keynoter via the Miami Herald.

Florida a Destination for Desperate Patients Buying Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

High-Priced and largely Unregulated Clinics are drawing desperate people to Florida with promises of Medical Miracles.  A South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation has found.  Diane Lade reports.

Traffic Ticket-Fighting Firm Says Florida Bar Trying to Put It Out of Business

The Business Model is based on the fact that challenging Tickets often results in Dismissal or a Lower Fine.  The Tampa Tribune’s Susan Taylor Martin reports.

Florida Gun Store Burglaries, Often Brazen And Unresolved, Quadruple In 4 Years

Brazen Heists have been committed at Gun Shops across Florida: Criminals hammered holes into concrete walls, looted stores after a hurricane and ripped security gates from doors. reports.

Slosberg Opts Out, Backs Berman For Florida Senate

In a surprise announcement, Former Democratic State Rep. Irving Slosberg said today he will not run in a Special State Senate Election to replace Jeff Clemens in Palm Beach County and will back State Representative Lori Berman, D-Lantana, for the Seat.  The Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett reports.

Influx of Puerto Ricans Presents Greater-than-Expected Fiscal Challenges for Florida

Governor Scott declared a State of Emergency in the State of Florida to specifically deal with the influx of the arrivals.  Brad Slager reports for

100-Plus Proposals to Change Florida Constitution Affect Taxes, Schools, Health

To get on the Ballot, each Proposal must pass through Committees and then be Approved by 22 of the 37 Members.  Sixty percent of the Voters would have to approve them next year to take effect.  The Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer reports.

Tampa Bay Has A Healthy Banking Landscape

Most of the Commercial Banks here now have the Stamp of Approval with either Four stars (excellent) or Five stars (Superior).  The Tampa Bay Times reports.

Missouri Insurance Department Receives Highest NAIC Re-Accreditation

The Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) voted to Re-Accredit the Missouri Department of Insurance for a full five years on December 1, 2017.  Colodny Fass reports.

·         Texas, Alaska Insurance Departments Also Achieve Accreditation

Drug Repackagers, Compounding Pharmacies Continue To Stress Workers’ Comp Systems

Although the number of Physician Dispensed Prescriptions declined considerably from just a few years ago, the Workers’ Compensation Industry continues to battle an adapting Market seeking to maintain high prices by changing drug strength and formulations.  Insurance Journal reports.

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