Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, March 07, 2016

Mar 7, 2016


Late changes may doom Florida Proposal to protect patients from surprise medical bills

A proposal led by Miami-Dade lawmakers to protect patients from receiving unexpected medical bills for out-of-network care — a goal that doctors, hospitals and health insurers all say they support — is in trouble in the Florida Legislature this week after a last-minute change that consumer advocates worry is undermining support for the legislation.  The Miami Herald’s Dan Chang reports.


Florida Could Remove Barriers To Physician Assistants

 Physicians’ Assistants are being granted “full prescriptive authority,” which will allow them to write prescriptions for controlled substances. Legislation is wending its way through the Florida Legislature that would make the state the 49th to have the ability to write such prescriptions.  Bruce Japsen reports for Forbes.


Legislators reach Budget Deal 

Florida legislators racing against the clock on Sunday reached important budget deals on everything from school construction to pay raises to state workers.   The Associated Press reports via


Senate Signs Off On Alimony Overhaul

The Florida Senate approved an alimony overhaul that would establish formulas for alimony payments and includes a controversial provision dealing with how much time children should spend with their divorced parents.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via


Florida Legislators More Partisan Than Most

In a historically partisan Congress, Florida’s representatives are a pretty partisan bunch, Ledge King writes for


As utilities embrace solar, critics accuse them of trying to monopolize the sun

So if solar users are still connected to the utility grid, either to sell electricity back to the utility or other electricity users, or to receive backup power when solar can’t meet all their energy needs, are they getting a free ride on the backs of consumers who don’t use solar?  William Levesque reports.


Tampa’s No Name Group includes top movers and shakers

Now, through a public records request to a government employee in the “No Name” group, an email roster revealing 60 of the biggest names in local business — as well as some details of how the group conducts itself — has been released. 


U.S. Treasury Seeks Terrorism Data from Insurers

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office is requesting that insurers voluntarily submit insurance data regarding their participation in the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, Insurance Journal reports.


California Surplus Lines Association Elects Houska Chair, New Board

The members of the Surplus Line Association of California have elected Chris Houska, Western region managing director of R-T Specialty LLC, chair of the SLA Board of Directors, Insurance Journal reports.



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