Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, June 15, 2015

Jun 15, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


FAIR Calls for an Override to Governor Scott’s Veto of HB 1087

The Florida Association for Insurance Reform asked Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner to express the organization’s disapproval of Governor Scott’s veto of HB 1087 relating to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation operations.


Andy Gardiner casting long shadow over Uber debate

Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli called adoption of ridesharing legislation to recognize and regulate so-called transportation network companies like Uber “inevitable” in a pre-session talk with media,’s Ryan Ray reports.


Florida insurance regulator limits HIV drug costs for patients

A year-long battle to decrease discrimination toward HIV patients by health insurers reached another milestone in late March when the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced it would limit HIV patient costs and screen 2016 Affordable Care Act plans for discriminatory practices.  The Miami Herald’s Chabeli Herrera reports.


Florida House votes to end limits on new hospitals

Currently the State of Florida grants a so-called certificate of need before a hospital is built, replaced or takes on a specialty service such as organ transplants.  The Florida House has approved a bill that eliminates the requirement.’s Peter Schorsch reports.


Florida House and Senate agree on new LIP model

Budget chairmen state Senator Tom Lee and State Representative Richard Corcoran early Friday came to terms on what was the biggest stumbling block during the 2015 session and what Lee called the “linchpin” of the budget:  supplemental Medicaid funding.’s Christine Jordan Sexton reports.


No Florida back-up plan if Affordable Care Act gutted

There is no official plan.  There is no time to execute one, even if there were a plan.  The Miami Herald’s Dan Chang speculates on the outcome for Florida if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act.


Federal government sues Jacksonville ambulance service

The Florida Times-Union reports that a Jacksonville ambulance company is accused of submitting falls claims to federally subsidized health-care programs.


As Rick Scott travels to Paris, lawmakers inch closer to final budget

Governor Rick Scott traveled to Paris on Friday, aiming to bring back to his home state economic development projects, Christine Jordan Sexton reports for


House, Senate agree to Amendment 1, environmental funding

Entering the final week of the special session, House and Senate budget leaders on Sunday found agreement on how to spend more than $700 million set aside by voters for land acquisition and conservation.  The Miami Herald’s Michael Auslen reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Lawsuit raises possible budget-busting issue for next year

After a long-running legal dispute between the state and counties involving years of overbilling for juvenile detention costs, Alachua County is now suing for the millions of dollars it says it’s owed, the Tampa Tribune’s James Rosica reports.


Battle between Uber, Lyft and taxis moves to airports

Commercial airports across the United States, including the Washington region’s three major airports, are rethinking how they handle the app-based services, the Washington Post’s Luz Lazo reports.


Finston Named General Counsel of California Department of Insurance

John Finston, who has served the California Department of Insurance as deputy commissioner for corporate and regulatory affairs for three years, will replace outgoing General Counsel Adam Cole, Insurance Journal reports.



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