Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Apr 5, 2016


Florida Regulators OK Cigna-Anthem Insurance Deal

State insurance regulators have approved Anthem’s purchase of Cigna’s Florida companies as part of a broader merger of the major health insurers, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via WUSF News.


Florida’s Climate Change Face-Off

On Friday, cities including Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay and West Palm Beach, cut ranks and filed an amicus brief in federal court in Washington, D.C. supporting the President’s plan to cut carbon emissions by 2030.  The Miami Herald’s Jenny Staletovich reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Why Congress Mustn’t Postpone Vital Flood Insurance Reforms

A new measure introduced by U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Gus Bilirakis, both R-Fla., that would postpone vital reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, while well-intentioned, also would be bad for taxpayers and consumers, says Right Street’s Christian Camara via


Florida Legislature eliminates the Dade Medical College Loophole

Three years ago, Florida lawmakers created a loophole that allowed a politically connected for-profit college to offer unaccredited degrees in the field of physical therapy assistant.  The degrees were a bad deal for students and physical therapy practitioners were horrified.  The Miami Herald’s Mike Vasquez reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Sachs, Abruzzo Could Vie for the Same Florida Senate Seat

Democratic Florida Senator Maria Sachs has known for months that, thanks to redistricting, she’ll probably have to fight a fellow Democratic incumbent if she wants to remain in the Florida Senate, George Bennett reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Senator Benacquisto Racks Up Victories During Florida’s 2016 Legislative Session

For Lizbeth Benacquisto, the 2016 Legislative Session was filled with wins.  She backed legislation to create universal school choice, supported a proposal allowing Floridians to break into a vehicle to rescue a person in distress or an unattended animal, and backed a bill requiring insurers to take a proactive approach to paying out life insurance policies. Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster reports for


Rick Scott Says He Wants a “Peaceful Revolution”

In an opinion piece penned for the conservative website Newsmax that posted Friday night, Rick Scott writes that it’s time for a “peaceful revolution” in our politics, Mitch Perry notes for


Massachusetts Court Rules on Equitable Contribution Case

Massachusetts’ top court ruled this month that a workers’ compensation insurer that has paid benefits under a policy has a right to pursue “equitable contribution” from a second insurer that also provided coverage to the same policyholder, Insurance Journal reports.


How Secret Offshore Money helps fuel Miami’s Luxury Real-Estate Boom

A Miami Herald analysis of the never-before-seen records found 19 foreign nationals creating offshore companies and buying Miami real estate.  Of them, eight have been linked to bribery, corruption, embezzlement, tax evasion or other misdeeds in their home countries.  The Miami Herald’s Nicholas Nehemas reports.





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