Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dec 13, 2016


A Florida Appeals Court Monday said an increase in Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates will continue amid a legal battle about whether Florida’s Sunshine Law was violated during the Ratemaking Process.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via 


A three-month Grand Jury Investigation into Corruption in the Drug Treatment Industry — believed to be the first in the Country — Uncovered Evidence of Sexual Abuse, Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in addition to Patient Brokering and Insurance Fraud.  Christine Stapleton reports for the Palm Beach Post. 


SNL Financial had Reported in January that McCarty was discussing the Job with other Insurance Commissioners.  Michael Moline reports for 


This year, North Carolina is dead last and Florida is somewhere in the middle, the R-Street Institute reports. 


The Florida College of Emergency Physicians and its National Counterparts urged State and National Policymakers to investigate the Reimbursement Practices of Insurance Companies, especially when Patients go out of Network for Emergency Medical Care.  Nancy Smith reports for 


Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran on Monday released his list of Subcommittee Chairmen and Chairwomen, rounding out his Leadership Team.  The Miami Herald’s Michael Auslen reports via the “Naked Politics” blog. 

Florida will Collect $142 Million more in General Revenue over the next two years than it previously anticipated, but that’s still not enough cash to bypass the Lean Budget years ahead.  Arek Sarkissian reports for the Naples Daily News.  

The Florida Legislature will consider Legislation that would make it more expensive for Tobacco Companies to Appeal Verdicts in Liability Cases filed by smokers made sick or injured by their products.  Michael Moline reports for 


Newly installed Senate President Joe Negron met with the Chairs of every Senate Committee this afternoon, Mike Vasilinda reports for Capitol News Service. 


Negron Touts Conservatism of Senate 

New Senate President Joe Negron wants to dispel a long-held narrative that the Senate is the Moderate Wing of the Florida Legislature.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via 


“Do Nots” In Richard Corcoran’s Florida House Have Lawmakers Tied Up In Knots 

Every House Member Voted for the New Rules, but some either didn’t read them closely or were not sure what they were voting for, the Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports. 


A Joint Resolution Filed last week by Florida Senator Travis Hutson would turn Vetoed Appropriations into the Budget Stabilization Fund’s Gain.  A.G. Gancarski reports for 

A Former Senate President, Secretary of State, and State Supreme Court Justice have Applied to Senate President Joe Negron for a Seat on the Panel that reviews the State’s Constitution every 20 years.  Jim Rosica reports for 


A Lawsuit against Florida A&M University by a Belize Native who claims she was Wrongly Fired is headed to Court-Ordered Mediation.  Jim Rosica reports for 


On Tuesday, Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera was named as part of the Leadership Team of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, Kevin Derby reports for 


The New White Paper, Insurance Implications of Home-Sharing:  Regulator Insights and Consumer Awareness, outlines Insurance Considerations regarding Home-Sharing Rentals. 


Elections included Zone Officers. 

NASA scrubbed the Launch of a Fleet of Eight Hurricane-Monitoring Satellites on Monday after discovering problems with the hydraulic system used to release the Satellite-Carrying Rocket from its Plane.   Lonnie Shekhtman reports for the Christian Science Monitor. 


Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today directed the California Department of Insurance to launch an Investigation into Allegations made by Former Employees of Prudential Insurance Co. that Wells Fargo Employees signed up Consumers for Prudential Insurance without the Consumers’ Authorization, Insurance Journal reports. 


In January, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate gave States a choice for dealing with Climate Change.   Bloomberg’s Christopher Flavelle speaks with him about it via Insurance Journal. 


Of the 115 Insurance Carriers reviewed 42 had scores placing them in the High Performer Tier, 70 were in the Average Performer Tier, and three had scores placing them in the Poor Performer Tier. 

Members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Voted to Increase the Number of NAIC Funded Consumer Representatives from 20 to 22 for 2017. 








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