Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, December 27

Dec 27, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Editorial:  Fix hurricane mitigation

But for a small business entrepreneur in South Florida willing to take on big government, the public might never have known that the state has failed to ensure that homeowners who strengthen their garage doors against hurricanes receive the insurance discounts they are entitled to under law.


Several Arrests Made in South Florida Insurance Fraud Crackdown

Authorities:  2 local clinics closed down for conducting staged car crashes

Several suspects have been arrested and two South Florida clinics closed as part of an operation to crack down on fraudulent insurance claims related to staged car crashes, authorities said.


Arson suspected in fire at Florida pain clinic, due mainly to big red message painted on building’s side: ‘U KILLED MY SON DRUG DEALER’

The Christmas night fire at a Hollywood pain management clinic was accompanied by graffiti that seems to point to a motive, but investigators are being careful not to jump to conclusions

Firefighters and cops rushed to a Hollywood, Fla. pain management clinic to find the building engulfed with flames Christmas night.


State Representative Debbie Mayfield filing bill requiring more affordable insurance coverage for certain oral cancer treatments

State Rep. Debbie Mayfield remembers the trips to Houston, where she watched her late husband Stan endure cancer treatments lasting up to nine hours at a time.


Florida Senator Joe Negron & State Representative Richard Corcoran:  State committees to determine best way to implement Obamacare

Senator Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Representative Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, chair their respective chambers’ select committees on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

For more than two years, the country has debated the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law has been discussed, scrutinized, politicized, litigated and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Appeals court to hear Florida counties’ online-travel tax case

The state’s 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in February in a long-running tax fight between Florida counties and online-based travel companies such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity.


Todd Kiser Named as Next Utah Insurance Commissioner 

Utah has named Todd Kiser, a retiring state legislator, as that state’s new insurance commissioner.


Bill easing Medicare secondary payer compliance passes U.S. Senate

A bill that aims to ease Medicare Secondary Payer Act compliance passed the U.S. Senate late Friday and is awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature.


New Jersey Commissioner Reminds Public Adjusters to Keep Fees Reasonable

The N.J. Banking and Insurance Department’s Acting Commissioner Ken Kobylowski issued a bulletin last week to all public adjusters reminding them that the fees they charge consumers must be reasonably related to services performed.


North Carolina insurers want changes to state’s auto insurance rates

A divided auto insurance industry will try again next year to change a unique regulatory system in North Carolina, which enjoys some of the lowest rates in the country. The industry will use the argument that average costs are low because the best drivers are paying more than they should.


U.S.-EU Insurance Dialogue Outlines A Way Forward

After a year of intense discussion, the Steering Committee of the U.S.-EU Insurance Dialogue Project has issued a revised joint report and is proposing a set of common objectives along with a series of initiatives designed to enhance insurance regulatory cooperation and collaboration.


2012: The Costliest Year for Weather Disasters in the US

While 2011 established a record for the number of individual U.S. weather disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage, 2012 is expected to eclipse 2011 in terms of the aggregate amount of damage done (in terms of dollars). This is according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.


Marsh U.S. CEO Talks Challenges, Opportunities for Agents & Brokers in 2013

David Bidmead on strategies for maximizing value for clients, living with the “new normal,” and the task of attracting and recruiting the right talent.



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