Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, November 21

Nov 21, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


1:00 p.m.–Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (“FHCF”) Proposed Rule Hearing.  Proposed amendments to Rule 19-8.010 would adopt the 2012/2013 FHCF Reimbursement Contract, including Addenda and Optional Amendment.  To view the hearing notice, click here.

3:00 p.m.–FHCF Advisory Council meeting.  Review of comments from the 1:00 p.m. public hearing.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Insurance-Related News 


    Climate change begins to affect South Florida

    The debate over global warming tends to focus on future perils – scary maps of flooded suburbs, the northward creep of tropical diseases, rich farmland turning into desert.


    Florida ‘On the Right Track’ to Property Market Recovery

    Leadership in Florida seems committed to shrinking the size of the state’s exposures to a major hurricane, says Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute.


    Citizens Property Insurance in more flux than ever

    Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is confronting a growing dilemma — it has too many customers.


    Family:  Chinese drywall in home made daughters’ toenails fall off

    When the toenails of Patrick and Ilknur Bradshaw’s two young girls fell off this summer, they say their doctor blamed their house.


    Former Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw:  Advocates won’t stop fighting for consumers

    Re: “Consumers, taxpayers lose in Citizens sinkhole debacle” (My View, November 6).


    Florida hires new Medicaid deputy secretary

    “Acting” was removed from Justin Senior’s title as he was promoted to the Deputy Secretary for Medicaid post, Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek announced Friday .


    Florida’s unemployment rate slides to 10.3 percent

    Florida’s unemployment rate fell to 10.3 percent in October, down 0.3 percent from September and the lowest in more than two years.


    Florida Senator Don Gaetz:  Reapportionment process moving forward

    When discussing the redistricting legislation he has been charged with forging for Florida’s upper legislative chamber, state Senator Don Gaetz likes to quote Everett Dirksen, the late U.S. representative and senator.


    Concern meets Florida bill exempting treated wastewater from consumptive-use permitting

    HB 639 also declares that so-called “reclaimed” water is not “waters of the state” as defined in law until it has been discharged into a waterway.


    Port Backers Offer Vision to Make Florida the Global Trading Hub

    Before Governor Rick Scott sailed into the port issue by backing the Port of Miami’s effort to dredge to 50 feet, Florida business interests had been ratcheting up their focus on what they say had been a forgotten secondary piece of the state’s economy.


    Louisiana Citizens Drops Nearly 11,000 Policies in 5th Round of Depopulation

    Nearly 11,000 homeowners polices once held by Louisiana’s property insurer of last resort have been absorbed into the private insurance market, state regulators say.


    Massachusetts  Attorney General Says Homeowners Rates Are Inflated; Criticizes Catastrophe Models

    Homeowners rates in Massachusetts have been inflated due to the use of “unproven and in some cases discredited hurricane models,” according to the state’s attorney general. 



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