Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, November 14
Nov 14, 2013
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9:30 a.m.–Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Finance and Audit Committee meeting. Tampa, Florida. To view the meeting notice, click here.
2:00 p.m.–Florida Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Claims Committee meeting. Teleconference: (866) 361-7525; conference ID: 5219676193#. To view the meeting notice, click here.
Residents are evacuating from a Florida neighborhood after a sinkhole opened up, swallowing parts of two homes, according to authorities, FOX News reports.
New legislation is designed to target the abuse of Florida’s no-fault insurance system, which has been estimated to cost as much as $1 billion a year, Justin Stephani reports for Insurance Networking News.
Seibels, an insurance services provider of processing, technology, and claims solutions, and Elements Property Insurance Company, a new Florida homeowners insurance company, today announced that EPIC has selected Seibels to manage its business process outsourcing and policy administration services, a company news release reports.
The Obama Administration announced Wednesday that 3,571 people in Florida have selected insurance plans through a health exchange run by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.
Will Weatherford, the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, told a Healthcare Policy Conference at Jacksonville University Wednesday that he would like to see “everybody have insurance,” Charlie Patton reports for the Florida Times-Union.
The number of foreclosed homes scheduled for the auction block in October skyrocketed by 76 percent in Palm Beach County compared with a year ago, according to figured released by RealtyTrac on Wednesday, Donna Gehrke-White reports for the Sun Sentinel.
Fanning the flames of uncertainty about former Gov. Charlie Crist’s viability as a gubernatorial candidate, Democrats close to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson are letting potential supporters know the three-term senator is waiting in the wings if Crist’s campaign stumbles, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam and Brandon Larrabee report via SunshineStateNews.com.
Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” re-election campaign committee collected another $824,000 in political contributions last month, including $175,000 from developers hoping to set up a huge “destination resort” casino complex in the Miami area.
Late last week, Maj. Bret Wedding returned from a six-month deployment as a logistics officer for troops fighting in Afghanistan, relates Tampa Bay Times’ Richard Danielson.
After a big increase in 2011, participation in Lifeline dropped in fiscal year 2012-13 with the Florida Public Service Commission saying the decline is largely attributable to federal rules requiring re-certification, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.
The Florida Supreme Court seemed unlikely Wednesday to declare invalid a pre-organizing agreement between a union and a South Florida casino that had the business helping the union organize in return for help with a ballot initiative, Associated Press’ Jesse Holland reports via the Miami Herald.
Signs emerged at a House hearing that majority Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee will demand far more industry “skin in the game” as their price for reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, Arthur Postal reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
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