Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, February 5

Feb 5, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Insurance Commissioner:   Private companies’ reserves sufficient

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s editorial on January 27, titled “Citizens vs. the market,” misinterprets many of the so-called “problems” existing in Florida’s property insurance marketplace.


State report faults Citizens Property Insurance for wasteful ways

State regulators have knocked Citizens Property Insurance Corp. for unnecessary travel costs, failing to negotiate on multimillion-dollar vendor contracts and spending more than $10,000 a month on vacant office space.


More mismanagement issues arise at Citizens Property Insurance

State regulators knocked Citizens Property Insurance Corp. this month for unnecessary travel costs, failing to negotiate on multimillion-dollar vendor contracts and spending more than $10,000 a month on vacant office.

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    Florida Regulators Call for Changes in Citizens Property Insurance Administrative Practice

    Florida regulators have released a report into the state-backed property insurer, finding that the company failed to sufficiently negotiate outside vendor contracts, review travel and other expenses, while giving it high marks for responding to policyholders’ claims.


    Editorial:  Cap the hikes

    Citizens Insurance is a hard company to like, but if its leaders are to be believed, Floridians are about to see it take a more “moderate” approach to hiking premiums and slashing coverage.


    Blog:  Manufactured Home Advocates Back Bean, Hooper Insurance Bill

    Backers of manufactured homes are behind a bill filed in both chambers — Senate Bill 378 by Senator Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, and House Bill 573, by Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater — that would require coverage from Citizens Property Insurance Corp.


    Amphitheater sheds the 1-800-Ask-Gary name

    The days of calling Tampa’s outdoor concert venue the “1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre” are coming to a close.


    Florida Among 22 States to Consider Insurance Smartphone Proof of Coverage Cards, Says PCI

    New legislation proposed in nearly half the country to allow cell phones to show digital coverage

    The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America has announced that as nearly half of all of the state legislatures across the U.S. are considering making changes to their laws so that auto insurance customers will be able to use their smartphones in order to provide proof of coverage instead of having to carry the printed cards.


    MDW Insurance Group Announces Acquisition of the McCartney Insurance Agency

    MDW Insurance Group expands its footprint throughout South Florida after the acquisition of long- established insurance provider, McCartney Insurance Agency.


    Florida receives Medicaid waiver

    The federal government has approved a long-term care waiver for the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program.


    Florida lawmakers look for partners in state exchange

    Florida lawmakers heard Monday from two organizations that could serve as partners in running an insurance exchange under the federal health overhaul.


    Blog:  With Randy Glisson Running, Chiropractors Seek One Of Their Own Back In Legislature

    Since at least 1976, when Dennis Jones was first elected to the Florida Legislature, there has been a doctor of chiropractic serving in either the House or Senate.


    Detzner recommends voting law changes

    Asserting that “voter confidence must be restored,” Secretary of State Ken Detzner recommended Monday that the Florida Legislature roll back major changes it made in election laws two years ago and reduce long lines at polling places.


    Lawsuit filed for vote records in Allen West race

    The St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections is being sued for access to public records related to Representative Patrick Murphy’s win.


    Blog:  Fewer Florida inmates are re-offending after release

    Fewer Florida prison inmates are re-offending after their release, Corrections Secretary Mike Crews said Monday. 


    New York City Announces $15 Million Mold Cleanup Program Post-Sandy

    New York City is beginning a $15 million program to clean up at least 2,000 homes that became contaminated with mold after they flooded during Superstorm Sandy.



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