Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, December 12

Dec 12, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Citizens Property Insurance Corporation customers pay three times home value

Citizens Insurance customers believe they are overpaying by thousands to insure their property with policies that cover less.


Florida spends millions on questionable mobile home program 

Over the past dozen years, Florida has spent more than $33 million putting anchors under aging mobile homes to keep them from blowing away.


Florida Turns to Surplus Lines to Help Depopulate Citizens lawmakers are considering allowing surplus lines carriers to participate in the depopulation programs of the state’s largest homeowner insurer in an effort to reduce its policyholder rolls.


Florida Governor Rick Scott Questions Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Insuring High-Risk Construction

Governor Rick Scott said he is concerned about Florida’s state-backed property insurer providing discounted coverage on new construction projects in high-risk areas.


Legislative testimony ties Personal Injury Protection fraud to organized crime  

The issue of personal injury protection insurance fraud was back before legislative committees in the Florida Capitol this week.


Florida could see a ban on driving and texting next year

During their next legislative session in January, there is a chance state lawmakers could enact a ban on texting while driving.


Study:  Florida Medicaid premiums too high 

New premiums and copay proposals for Florida Medicaid beneficiaries, including $100 for every non-emergency emergency room visit, are among the highest in the country and a new study warns it could cause hundreds of thousands to drop out because they can’t afford to pay them, according to a report released Wednesday by Georgetown University.


Question and Answer with Medicaid Deputy Director Justin Senior

To debut a new feature from The Florida Current spotlighting people involved with state government, we spoke with Justin Senior.


Former Florida Senator Nancy Argenziano challenges state’s party switching limit

Former Republican state Senator Nancy Argenziano challenged a provision of Florida’s new election law that’s preventing her from running for Congress as a Democrat in a lawsuit filed Friday.


Governor Rick Scott desires workforce oversight

Governor Rick Scott wants tighter control over Florida’s 24 work force agencies, including Brevard workforce.


Remodeled casino bill to greet Florida Senate panel next month

In response to criticisms from her fellow members of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee last week, Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, says she will significantly alter SB 710, the destination casino resort bill she’s sponsoring.


State Farm Gets 7.8 percent Homeowners Rate Hike in Louisiana

Louisiana has allowed its largest insurer of homes to raise its rates by an average 7.8 percent.


Insurance broker fees must be counted as overhead, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says

The Deptment of Health and Human Services on December 2 held firm on a final health system reform rule limiting health insurers’ use of premium dollars to pay administrative expenses, continuing to prohibit insurance broker fees from being excluded from the calculation.


Heavier passengers sink boat capacities

When a paddlewheel dinner boat called the Crystal Queen sailed its maiden voyage in waters off the coast of Atlantic City in the early 1990s, the Coast Guard certified 153 passengers and crew members as a safe load.




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