Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, June 23

Jun 23, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


  • 9:00 a.m.–Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation (“DWC”) Proposed Rule Hearing.  The proposed Rules would require carriers to satisfy certain mandatory reporting to the DWC by filing the required medical claims data elements and any other medical billing and payment information under subsections 69L-7.602(5) and (6), F.A.C.  The proposed Rule chapter would introduce an elective reporting process by which any person may report a health care provider’s violation of Chapter 440, F.S. and applicable administrative Rules to the DWC.  To view the hearing notice, click here.
  • (CANCELLED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse Committee meeting.  Agenda includes issues pertaining to the proposed national surplus lines tax clearinghouse.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Florida bans fireworks in 22 counties

Drought conditions and rampant wildfires have forced 29 Florida counties to ban open fires. And for 22 of those counties, the ban covers fireworks.


As fresh water supply drops, officials worry seeping salt water will ruin wells

Wetlands that supply water for all of southeastern Florida have run virtually dry and can no longer replenish drought-parched wells used by public utilities, water managers are warning.


Vero Beach could be on hook for millions in 2004 Federal Emergency Management Agency hurricane recovery money

Federal auditors are recommending millions of dollars the city received from the federal government for its 2004 hurricanes recovery efforts be disallowed.


Video:  Tarpon Springs Couple Battling Citizens Sinkhole Claim Paperwork

Virginia and Nathanial Crawford are frustrated trying to resolve paperwork between Citizen Insurance and the City of Tarpon Springs after a sinkhole destroyed part of their home.


Kroener vs. Florida Insurance Guaranty Association

In this appeal, homeowners, Kent and Marie-Eve Kroener (Kroeners), challenge two rulings by the trial court.


Insurance Fraud Problems in Orlando

Many people in Orlando may have noticed a spike in their car Insurance, even though they haven’t filed a claim or received a ticket.


Court rejects Vero Beach man’s effort to regain insurance license

The 4th District Court of Appeal rejected a Vero Beach businessman’s attempt to fully practice Insurance again after revoking his license last year, the state Department of Financial Services said.


Orlando-area hospitals among worst in state for hospital readmissions, Medicare says

Two Orlando-area hospitals are among the worst in the state when it comes to readmitting patients less than a month after a hospital stay, according to federal records.


Universities want new dental education programs, but a lack of dentists is not the problem

Efforts now underway at four Florida public universities are aimed at vastly expanding education options for new Florida dentists.


Florida death penalty procedure ruled unconstitutional

A Miami federal judge ruled Wednesday that the way Florida courts mete out the death penalty is unconstitutional because juries – not judges – should be the ones to spell out which details about the crime justify execution.


Blog:  Governor signs tax cut; Democrat says he rubbed “salt in the wounds” of those losing jobs

Governor Rick Scott appeared today at the South Florida Water Management District to promote his signing of a bill that caps the taxes that Florida’s water management districts may assess on properties.


Florida Department of Transportation’s ‘No-Bailout Tour’ No Comfort to SunRail Foes

A “no-bailout tour” by the head of the state Department of Transportation next week is expected to highlight the bleak, and increasingly scary, financials of the planned SunRail project.


Blog:  Leon District Court sets first hearing in pension lawsuit for June 30

One day before the 3 percent pay cut from teachers, police and state workers takes effect, Leon District Court Judge Jackie Fulford has set the hearing for lawsuit filed by three unions.


Blog:  U.S. Senator Rubio introduces ‘Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act’

Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has introduced a bill that would outlaw taking a minor outside of her home state to evade its parental consent or notice for abortion laws.


Blog: Trump to pay local group’s disputed $6,000 bill for Boca Raton rally he headlined

South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson is relaying word that Donald Trump will pay more than $6,000 that Boca Raton says it is owed for police officers and barriers that were deployed for an April South Florida Tea Party rally that Trump keynoted.


White House eyes former Kentucky commissioner for Financial Stability Oversight Council role

The White House reportedly is considering former Kentucky Insurance Commissioner S. Roy Woodall to fill the long vacant insurance slot on the Financial Stability Oversight Council.


Blog:  Texas Senate passes Texas Windstorm Insurance Association bill

The state Senate today gave approval to a bill dealing with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.Now, the play is in the House, which already passed its own version of a TWIA bill.


Industry, Centers for Medicare, Medicaid Services Clash on Medicare Second Payer Act at House Hearing

Medicare officials clashed today with some members of Congress and industry, legal and consumer representatives over proposed changes to the current system for reimbursing the government for medical payments made by insurance companies.




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