Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, April 17

Apr 17, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Bondi office letter prompts regulatory warning for insurers

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty issued a memo to insurance companies last week reminding them to waive deductibles for crime victims, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Emergency Managers Challenged to Educate Public

Two of the country’s top disaster experts on Wednesday challenged emergency managers and forecasters from Texas to Maine to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards, Associated Press’ Jennifer Kay reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Uber launches new campaign to get bill across Florida finish line

With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, Uber is making an aggressive push to get its priority bills across the finish line, Kathleen McGrory reports for the Tampa Tribune.


Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year’s legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is making a last-ditch effort to get it done, Tia Mitchell reports for the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Clay County woman wins $5 Million verdict in tobacco suit

The Bowden case is one of seven tobacco cases that Avera & Smith has tried under the precedents set by the 2006 Engel case decision in which the Florida Supreme Court established that tobacco companies had created a defective product and conspired to conceal information about the addictive and harmful nature of cigarettes, Carla Vianna reports for the Gainesville Sun.


Couch, Leung Named to Leadership Posts at Missouri Insurance Department

The Missouri Department of Insurance appointed two veteran regulators to key leadership posts. Carrie Couch has been named the acting director of the Consumer Affairs Division and William Leung has joined the Division of Insurance Company Regulation as the life and health actuary, Insurance Journal reports.


Flood Insurance Presents Opportunity, Obstacles for Private Insurers

The flood insurance market has a long way to go before it becomes viable for profit-driven carriers and investors, says Deloitte in its newest white paper.  Karen Tallon reports for Insurance Journal.


Louisiana Panel OKs homeowners’ policy exclusion ban

Excluding the acts of children from homeowners’ insurance should not be allowed in Louisiana, argued state Sen. Ed Murray, D-New Orleans. The state Senate Insurance Committee, despite the opposition of the insurance companies, agreed, advancing Murray’s Senate Bill 69 to the full Senate for consideration, The Advocate reports.




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