Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, August 30

Aug 30, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.–Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (“FHCF”) Rule Development Workshop.  Proposed amendments to Rule 19-8.010 pertain to FHCF Reimbursement Contract Requirements for the 2013/2014 FHCF Contract Year.  Teleconference:  888-670-3525; conference code:  7135858151.  To view the hearing notice, click here.

1:00 p.m.–FHCF Advisory Council meeting.  Consideration of approval for the filing of a Notice of Proposed Rule for 19-8.010, “Reimbursement Contract,” and its filing for adoption if no member of the public requests a Rule hearing in a timely manner.  Teleconference:  888-670-3525; conference code:  7135858151. To view the meeting notice, click here.

2:00 p.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Rates and Forms Committee meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.  To view the agenda, click here.



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    Governor Rick Scott urges Floridians to aid storm victims

    The governor activated the Neighbors to the Rescue disaster relief fund on Wednesday to aid victims of Tropical Storm Isaac.


    Governor Scott tours flooded Palm Beach County

    Gov. Rick Scott took a firsthand look at Palm Beach County flooding Wednesday, expressing confidence in emergency response efforts that have drawn frustration from residents still dealing with flooded roads and homes.


    South Florida insurance claims mount in Isaac’s wake

    Even tropical storms leave their mark.  South Florida was spared a hurricane, but the fringes of Isaac soaked the area and left behind leaky roofs, flooded homes and, in a few unusual cases, lightning damage.


    1.6 million Floridians would get healthcare if Medicaid is expanded

    Almost 1.6 million Floridians making less than $15,372 a year were not covered by health insurance in 2010 and would be eligible for Medicaid if the state went along with a controversial expansion of the program under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.


    Big changes coming in Medicaid reimbursement

    Hospitals are waiting to see how a new Medicaid reimbursement system will affect them. 


    Federal judge will permanently block tighter rules on third-party voter registration groups in Florida

    A federal judge in Tallahassee threw out provisions Wednesday that placed tighter restrictions on groups that organize voter registration drives.


    Foreclosure settlement money trickling down to troubled Florida homeowners, but spending spat goes on

    Florida homeowners affected by fraudulent foreclosure practices are starting to receive assistance as part of a multistate settlement with five large banks.

    Bernard plans challenge of his 17-vote loss to Clemens in Florida Senate race

    Mack Bernard, coming off a loss to Jeff Clemens in this month’s State Senate 27 race by 17 votes out of 24,000 cast, plans to challenge the results.


    Florida trade mission to Colombia planned

    Gov. Rick Scott will be leading a trade mission to Colombia in December with the goal of capitalizing on the new U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement and increasing commerce between Florida and the Central American nation.


    Mississippi Urges Homeowners to Protect Property Before Evacuating

    Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney issued a statement urging coastal homeowners to take steps to protect their homes until the danger of Hurricane Isaac has passed.


    As Hurricane Isaac strikes, A.M. Best provides the top ten Property and Casualty insurers by market share in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi

    In light of Hurricane Isaac making landfall, A.M. Best has released market share and direct premiums written data for the top ten auto and homeowners insurance in those states currently most likely to be effected by Hurricane Isaac.


    Delaware Insurance Commissioner Candidate Returning $7,200 in Donations

    The Delaware Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for insurance commissioner is returning more than $7,000 in political contributions to ensure compliance with campaign finance laws.


    Personal Auto Primed for Steeper Rate Increases; Waiting on State Farm to Lead? 

    Personal auto insurance rates appear set to increase at an accelerated pace, according to one analyst firm, and insurers may just be waiting on the market leader to lead the charge.



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