Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, July 19

Jul 19, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

(CANCELED) 9:00 a.m.–Florida Division of Emergency Management Hurricane Loss Mitigation Advisory Council meeting.  Tallahassee, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

1:00 p.m.–Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board meeting.  To view the agenda, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Bad news for some State Farm Insurance customers with pending claims  

State Farm policyholders with pending claims in Broward and Palm Beach counties could have a harder time getting reimbursed for repairs to their property.


Citizens Property Insurance squeezing Keys again

If you own property in the Florida Keys, better plan to pay more next year for windstorm coverage through Citizens Property Insurance Corp.


Citizens Property Insurance customers stung by inspection-fueled premium hike 

The state’s insurer of last resort says mistakes have been rare in a massive home inspection campaign, but records show more than 1,300 cases where Citizens agreed to reapply credits for storm-resistant features – and hundreds where Citizens acknowledged errors by the company or inspectors.


Florida reduces counties’ Medicaid bills by $171.4 million

Florida’s counties may reconsider a lawsuit against the state over disputed Medicaid fees.


Florida insurance officials to get health care update

Florida insurance officials are getting an update on health care coverage following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that upheld the federal Affordable Care Act.


Florida’s Health Care Marketplace a Few Clicks from Reality

The state’s new insurance marketplace website looks remarkably similar to the webpage of travel giant Expedia.


Primary Profile:  Democrats square off in House District 24, hope to nab seat from Republicans

The Democratic Party has a good chance of winning back a House seat in northeast Florida from Republicans as long as the Democratic candidates don’t badly bruise one another in the primary, Flagler County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parham said Tuesday.


Senate District 4:  First Coast GOP Rivals Unveil Endorsements

Two Republicans battling it out in the August 14 primary for an open state Senate seat representing parts of the First Coast scored major endorsements on Wednesday.


Senate District 15:  Representative Kelli Stargel Leading GOP Primary Field in Money Chase

As the campaign enters the final month before the Republican primary on August 14, in Senate District 15 Representative Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, is leading her two GOP opponents in the money chase as they battle it out for the Senate seat centered around Polk County.


Marihelen Wheeler, Clovis Watson face off in House District 20 race

Political novice Marihelen Wheeler will take on former Alachua City Manager Clovis Watson on August 14 in an all-Democratic contest for District 20 in the Florida House of Representatives.


Aaron Bosshardt, Andrew Morey contend in House District 21 Democratic Primary

Candidates vying in the August 14 Democratic Primary for the state House 21 seat said education and the environment are two key issues on which they will focus if they win the right to face Republican incumbent Representative Keith Perry for the office in November.


The ugly, no-holds-barred race between Miami GOP Representatives Ana Rivas Logan and Jose Felix Diaz

Is there a South Florida primary legislative race nastier than the one between Republican Representatives Jose Felix Diaz and Ana Rivas Logan?


Does Attack on Former Florida Senate President Tom Lee Have Senate Leadership Overtones?

A vicious attack mailer, an eyebrow-raiser, against former Florida Senate President Tom Lee hit mailboxes this week in Senate District 24, and among politicos in the state capital especially, it’s still causing a stir.


Governor Rick Scott touts new jobs in Central Florida

Governor Rick Scott made a swing through Central Florida on Wednesday, highlighting projects that will add about 4,500 jobs to the state over the next five years.


Maitland tech company chooses Florida for 1,000-job expansion

Digital Risk LLC, a fast-growing developer of mortgage risk-analysis software, has chosen Florida for its previously-announced companywide expansion that will create 1,000 new jobs over the next two years, the Maitland-based company said Wednesday.


Deutsche Bank considers move here; seeks incentive package of nearly $2 million

Deutsche Bank is considering Jacksonville for a 260-job, $10 million expansion, the mayor’s office and JAXUSA Partnership announced Wednesday.


8 firms tagged by Financial Stability Oversight Council as potential threats to financial system‎

Federal regulators have tagged eight exchanges and clearinghouses that settle trades as potential threats to the stability of the financial system that need strict government oversight.


U.S. taps clearinghouses for tough new rules

Large clearinghouses and other utilities that handle trillions of dollars in financial transactions face heightened scrutiny as U.S. regulators on Wednesday plan to set tough new rules on them to safeguard the financial system from destabilizing shocks.


Companies Turning to Captives to Ease Rising Workers’ Compensation Costs

As the workers’ compensation line continues to experience poor underwriting results and strong momentum toward rate increases, more companies are turning toward forming captives to combat rising costs, a Marsh executive says.




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