Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, August 6

Aug 6, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m.–Executive Office of the Governor public meeting.  Tallahassee, Florida.  Citizens Inspector General candidate interviews.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

9:00 a.m.–Florida Cabinet meeting.  To view the complete agenda, click here.

  • Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (“OIR”) agenda
    • For final adoption
      • Proposed amendments to Rule 69O-137.001 would adopt the 2012 National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) Annual Statement Instructions Manual.  To view the hearing notice, click here.
      • Proposed amendments to Rule 69O-138.001 would adopt the 2013 NAIC Financial Condition Examiners Handbook.  To view the hearing notice, click here.
      • Proposed Rule 69O-142.022 would develop the “Notice of Estimated Premium Impacts from the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” required by CS/SB 1842, which amended s.627.410, F.S.  The Notice will be required to be sent to all individual and small group non-grandfathered health plans or health maintenance organizations.  To view the hearing notice, click here.
      • Proposed amendments to Rule 69O-149.003, “Rate Filing Procedures,” relating to life and health insurers, would delete the Maximum Annual Medical Trend tables from the text of the Rule, provide the URL of the OIR’s Web site on which the tables will be published and updated as needed, and limit the use of streamlined rate increase filings to Medicare Supplement providers with fewer than 1,000 policyholders nationwide, rather than to 1,000 policyholders in Florida.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Lawmakers appoint new Florida Citizens board members

When the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s board of governors convenes next month it will have a new chairperson and two — possibly three — new members to the eight-member board, Gray Rohrer reports for The Florida Current.


Obama signs disaster declaration for Florida

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Florida in response to flooding in the Florida Panhandle in early July, the Miami Herald reports.


Blog:  Governor Rick Scott names State Representative Fasano as Pasco’s new tax collector

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday morning offered Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, the post of tax collector for Pasco County, replacing the late Mike Olson, who died in June, Steve Bousquet blogs for the Tampa Bay Times.


Confie Seguros Acquires Florida’s Economy Insurance Mart

Confie Seguros has built a national portfolio of regional auto insurance brokerages and is seeking to enlarge its geographic footprint throughout Florida, Insurance Journal reports.


United Insurance profit jumps as geography expands

A 50 percent jump in profit at United Insurance Holdings Corp. is due in part to geographic diversification, Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Margie Manning explains.


Blog:  Matt Gaetz to debate Dream Defenders director on Stand Your Ground

It’s on.  In a flurry of Tweets on Sunday and Monday, State Representative Matt Gaetz agreed to a televised debate with Dream Defenders Director Phillip Agnew, blogs Katheleen McGrory for the Miami Herald.


Florida Secretary Of State Prepares New Voter Purge

Election officials in Florida have begun renewing efforts to purge alleged non-citizen voters from its voter rolls, Ashley Lopez reports for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.


Florida Governor Announces Appointments to Public-Private Oversight Board

A new Florida law that took effect July 1 broadened the use of public-private partnerships and created a new taskforce to oversee the arrangements. The legislation required Gov. Rick Scott to appoint the seven-member Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act Guidelines Task Force, reports Steve Miller for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.


Public Service Commission moves forward with nuclear hearing

Florida’s Public Service Commission on Monday approved a settlement agreement that calls for Duke Energy Florida to cancel its proposed nuclear plant in Levy County, reports Bruce Ritchie for The Florida Current.


Veteran Democrat George Sheldon Considering Bid for Attorney General

Veteran Florida Democratic politico George Sheldon, currently a high-ranking U.S. Health and Human Services official, is mulling a run next year against Attorney General Pam Bondi, citing her “continuing to beat the drum on the Affordable Care Act,” as chief among the reasons for challenging the popular incumbent, writes Dara Kam for THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA.


University of Florida report:  Florida population grows 1 percent over past year

Florida’s population is growing faster than during the recession but still at a modest pace compared with the years leading into the recession, a preliminary report from the University of Florida indicates, Jeff Harrington reports for Tampa Bay Times.


Home ownership declines in South Florida

The Sun-Sentinel reports that home ownership in Florida has gone down and stayed down since 2005, and there’s little likelihood that will change any time soon as many of the state’s financially strapped residents still find it hard to buy a home or choose to rent one instead.


New tools to boost hurricane forecasts

Armed with a supercomputer capable of conducting 213 trillion calculations per second and an amped-up weather model, the National Hurricane Center hopes to improve tropical predictions up to 15 percent this season, the Sun-Sentinel reports via Advisen.


Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

When Donna Edgar found out that new flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency would place her house in a high-risk flood zone, she couldn’t believe it, ProPublica’s Theodoric Meyer reports via Insurance Journal.


The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc. Appoints John F. Seibert to President and Chief Executive Officer

The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc., an insurance services provider of processing, technology, and claims solutions, announced the appointment of John F. Seibert as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Seibert will succeed Mr. Michael A. Culbertson, who announced his retirement in October of 2012.



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