Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, September 26

Sep 26, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.–Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (“FHCF”) Rule Development Workshop.  Proposed amendments to Rule 19-8.010 would reflect 2014-2015 FHCF Reimbursement Contract requirements.  To view the Workshop notice, click here.

  • 1:00 p.m.–FHCF Advisory Council meeting.  Obtain approval to file a Notice of Proposed Rule for 19-8.010.  Teleconference:  (888) 670-3525; conference code 7135858151.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    New Florida Chamber-backed poll shows 77% of Florida voters oppose subsidizing out-of-state Citizens policyholders

    A new poll released today by the Stronger Safer Florida coalition concluded that 77 percent of Floridians oppose paying taxes to subsidize out-of-state, reports Peter Schorsch of


    Court Weighs Merits of Hold Placed on Florida PIP Reforms

    Florida automobile insurers are hoping a court lifts an injunction that has blocked portions of the state’s 2012 no-fault law from taking effect, Michael Adams reports for Insurance Journal.


    Deerfield man accused of staged crashes in Boca, Delray

    Something about two car crashes didn’t add up when investigators discovered more than $200,000 in insurance claims for crashes without any injuries, according to a Florida Division of Insurance Fraud arrest report, the Sun-Sentinel’s Adam Sacasa reports.


    Blog:  Federal judge throws out Florida Medical Association’s “ex parte” reform from 2013 Legislative Session

    A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a law aimed at making it easier for doctors to defend themselves in medical malpractice claims saying in a 17-page ruling that the attempt to allow a lawyer for a doctor talk to other doctors of the patient that is suing violates the federal health care privacy law, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.


    South Florida insurance rates will be among lowest in state, report says

    Miami-Dade and Broward County residents who buy health insurance through federally run online marketplaces opening Tuesday will be paying some of the cheapest rates available in Florida, according to federal data released Wednesday, the Miami Herald’s Evan Benn and Patricia Borns reports.


    Florida Legislators To Pay Standard Health Insurance Rates

    Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is going to require legislators to starting pay more for health insurance, the Associated Press’ Gary Fineout reports via WCTV.


    Miami-Dade Vows To Defy Governor on Affordable Care Act Navigators

    Miami-Dade County is joining Broward County in a move to ignore Governor Rick Scott’s decision to ban healthcare navigators from state health department buildings, CBS-4 Miami reports.


    Mark Pafford Beats Alan Williams to be Next House Democratic Leader

    House Democrats convened on Wednesday night to select Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, to lead the party after the 2014 elections. Pafford easily defeated Rep. Alan Williams, D Tallahassee, on a 29-12 vote, reports Kevin Derby for


    Hardest-Hit glitch bounces out homeowners hoping to slash mortgage debt

    A Florida Hardest-Hit Fund technical glitch Wednesday morning turned away underwater homeowners hoping for a chance to cut up to $50,000 off their mortgage debt, reports Drew Harwell for the Tampa Bay Times.


    Blog:  Senators analyze Florida prison system’s persistent red ink

    Senators spent nearly two hours Wednesday grappling with the inner workings of Florida’s prison system, including a persistent budget deficit that’s currently hovering around $50 million, Steve Bousquet reports for the Tampa Bay Times.


    Senators urge more spending on springs while environmentalists hold out hope for 2014 session

    Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government told their chairman they want to build next year on the $10 million appropriated for springs projects in the 2013-14 state budget, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


    ColodnyLaw in  U.S. Senate Committee Considers TRIA Reauthorization

    The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing September 2 entitled “Reauthorizing TRIA: The State of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Market,” Colodny Fass& Webb reports in Joan Collier’s


      Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Says Fewer Customers Have Citizens Insurance

      Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the state-run insurer of last resort has its lowest number of customers since Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana eight years ago, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.



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