Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, January 10

Jan 10, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:30 a.m.–Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Proposed Rule Hearing

  • Proposed amendments to Rule 69O-170.0155 would update and revise Form OIR-B1-1809, “Health Care Provider Certification of Eligibility,” for Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) benefits to reflect statutory revisions as the result of HB 119.  The changes are technical in nature.  To view the hearing notice, click here.
  • Proposed amendments to Rule 69O-176.013 would finalize Emergency Rule changes to Form OIR-B1-1149, “Notification of Personal Injury Protection Benefits,” in accordance with statutory revisions resulting from HB 119.  Form OIR-B1-1149 now reflects that PIP benefits are allocated for emergency medical treatment and a flat $5,000 death benefit.  The Form was also amended to incorporate technical edits regarding fraud reporting and billing disclosures.  To view the hearing notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


New Jersey Governor Christie cites Florida in his call for faster disaster relief

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made clear in his state of the state address that years of New Jersey residents helping Florida and other states recover from disasters demands reciprocity.


State Representative John Wood:  Florida has its own fiscal cliff

There’s one unpleasant and unavoidable fact underlying the seemingly endless debate about how to fix state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corporation:  Many policyholders are paying dramatically insufficient insurance rates that don’t cover the true risk on their homes.


United Insurance Holdings Corp. Subsidiary Assumes More Than 15,000 Policies From Citizens

United Insurance Holdings Corp, a property and casualty insurance holding company, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, United Property & Casualty Insurance Company, assumed 15,133 policies from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, the State of Florida’s primary residual market property insurance entity. 


Blog:  Insurance Companies Prepare for another Battle over Drug Dispensing

In Florida, patients on workers compensation can receive their prescription medications directly from a doctor instead of going to a pharmacy.


Florida CFO Jeff Atwater urges Floridians to search $25 million in new unclaimed property accounts

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater wants Floridians to start searching through the 61,271 new unclaimed property accounts.


Blog:  Governor Scott’s Medicaid expansion price-tag drops from $26 to $5 billion

Florida’s agency managing the Medicaid program has released a new bottom-dollar cost estimate for President Obama’s Medicaid expansion – reversing course from recent weeks when it maintained the cost to Florida taxpayers could be $25.8 billion over the next decade.


Blog:  Hospitals that serve Florida’s neediest patients concerned about proposed change to Medicaid payments

Hospitals that serve Florida’s neediest patients stand to lose the most under a new system for how the state doles out Medicaid dollars.


Committee chairs to discuss health care

Lawmakers and health-care industry representatives meet in Orlando this week for two-day conference.


Blog:  5 reasons why I’m looking forward to today’s Florida Health Care Affordability Summit

The much-hyped Health Care Affordability Summit makes its debut today at the Marriott Orlando World Center, bookending a health care-heavy week for Florida.


Florida Governor Rick Scott seeks elimination of sales tax for manufacturing equipment

Governor Rick Scott wants to zero out the production increase requirement for the sales tax exemption on industrial equipment, hoping to boost employment in the manufacturing sector.


Blog:  Study says Oil and dispersant from Deepwater Horizon were toxic to Florida reefs

Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster would have killed coral reefs in the Florida Keys if the plume had reached that far south, especially when mixed with the dispersant Corexit 9500, according to new study published Wednesday.


Blog:  Domestic partnership bill filed in Florida Senate

A bill that would allow Floridians to enter “domestic partnerships” resembling marriages was filed Wednesday by Senator Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, in an apparent effort to extend at least some marital benefits to same-sex couples


AIG Will Not Join Bailout Lawsuit

Amid heavy criticism, insurer rejects ex-CEO Greenberg’s bid to have it join lawsuit against government over its own bailout.


Liberty Mutual plans to phase out its regional insurance brands

Liberty Mutual, one of the largest insurance companies in the country, plans to phase out its regional brands this year, including Peerless Insurance in the Northeast, so it can focus on using the Liberty Mutual brand nationwide.



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