Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Thursday, February 5, 2015

Feb 5, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m.–Florida Cabinet meeting.  Tampa, Florida.  Annual Cabinet agency leadership review, including the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.  To view the agenda, click here.

1:30 p.m.–Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Advisory Council meeting.  Room 116 (Hermitage Conference Room), 1801 Hermitage Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida.  Teleconference:  (888) 670-3525; conference code 7135858151.  Meeting to obtain approval for the filing of a Notice of Proposed Rule for Rule 19-8.029, F.A.C., Insurer Reporting Requirements, and Rule 19-8.030, F.A.C., Insurer Responsibilities, and for the filing of these Rules for adoption if no member of the public requests a rule hearing or if a hearing is requested but no Notice of Change is needed.  Other general business of the Advisory Council may be addressed.  To view the meeting notice and text of the proposed Rules, click here.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    New insights into replacing insurance regulator

    This morning, Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet will officially move forward on replacing the state’s top insurance regulator, Kevin McCarty, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


    House Democrats raise $2 billion question about federal hospital funding in Scott budget plan

    Last year, the State of Florida received a one-year deal with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that kept money for hospitals flowing.  But the Obama administration is viewed by many analysts as unlikely to reinstate the dollars to Florida even as the Republican-led Legislature refuses to expand Medicaid.  John Kennedy reports for the Palm Beach Post.


    Florida Supreme Court asked to interpret HIV prevention law

    The Florida Supreme Court will consider the definition of sexual intercourse in a case involving a gay man charged with not letting a partner know he was HIV-positive.  The Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington reports via


    Lawsuit alleges Governor Rick Scott and Florida Cabinet violated Sunshine Law

    A coalition of sunshine advocates filed a lawsuit late Tuesday alleging that Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet violated Florida’s open meeting laws, the Tampa Bay Times reports.


    Cuts to State of Florida Workforce Continue

    When Florida ranks near the bottom in the United States in the number of state employees per resident (about 5-to-1), state senators wondered on Wednesday when the cutting of personnel will end.  Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Van Sickler reports via “The Buzz” blog.


    Federal Insurance Office Issues Interim Guidance On Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, Seeks Comments on Definition of “Act of Terrorism”

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced last night that it has begun implementing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, which was signed into law on January 12, 2015.  As part of this implementation, the Federal Insurance Office released Interim Guidance addressing its immediate application.


    Hackers steal data of 80 million people from Anthem insurance

    Hackers broke into a massive database belonging to Anthem Inc., the nation’s second-largest health insurer, gaining access to the personal data of about 80 million customers and employees, the New York Post said.


    Excess Payments Due to Fraud Add Up to 17% to Auto Injury Claims

    A new Insurance Research Council study estimates that fraud and claim “build-up” add between $5.6 billion and $7.7 billion in excess payments to auto injury claims paid in the United States, Claims Journal reports.



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