Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, January 29

Jan 29, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


    11:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Investment Committee teleconference meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



      Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


      Opinion:   Florida property owners sitting ducks

      Although a large portion of Florida remained in the cone of uncertainty as Isaac turned in the Atlantic, this time the Sunshine State was spared a direct hit.


      Public Adjusting Firm Threatens to Sue Florida Blogger

      A public adjusting firm is threatening to sue a Florida blogger after he claimed the firm’s name made it sound like it was a governmental agency as it solicited business from homeowners insured by the state-backed property insurer.


      Homeowners Choice Completes $40 Million Offering of Senior Notes

      Homeowners Choice, Inc. , a Florida-based insurance holding company, has completed an underwritten public offering of $40,250,000 aggregate principal amount of 8 percent senior notes due 2020.


      Florida’s workers compensation medical reimbursement disputes up fourfold

      Florida saw a nearly fourfold increase in medical reimbursement disputes for workers compensation cases in its most recent fiscal year, driven largely by reimbursement petitions for physician-dispensed prescription medications, according to the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Workers’ Compensation.


      Rosa Cozad named CEO of Amerigroup Florida

      Rosa M. Cozad was named CEO of Amerigroup Florida and handles all aspects of the company’s health plan operations in the state.


      What the new health care market means for Florida

      Florida’s Republican lawmakers are reluctantly acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and are taking steps to determine exactly what that will look like.


      Blog:  Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Challenges Emergency Room Immigrant Ruling

      In a case that involves hospitals across South Florida and the Tampa Bay area, the state Agency for Health Care Administration is appealing a judge’s ruling in a dispute about paying for emergency services for undocumented immigrants, reports the News Service of Florida.


      Florida leaders who will decide Medicaid expansion get bargain on insurance

      Governor Rick Scott and state legislators will soon decide whether Florida should extend health insurance coverage to nearly 1 million residents, and those officials all get their plans from the state, many paying less than state workers.


      Florida trying to recoup money from corporations that failed to meet jobs goals

      There are 18 companies that have received $21.3 million in up-front taxpayer incentives since 1996 for projects to expand or move to Florida that have failed to meet job or wage goals.


      Rob Schenck to Head House’s Two-Year Florida Gambling Review

      Florida Representative Rob Schenck, R-Spring Hill, has been named chairman of the House Select Committee on Gaming by House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.


      $10,000 Degree Challenge Accepted by All Four-Year Florida College System Schools

      The governor’s office has announced that every member of the Florida College System offering four-year Baccalaureate degrees is taking up Governor Rick Scott’s challenge to create four-year degree programs that cost students under $10,000.


      New push on for legislation dealing with how developers must pay for roads

      When the Legislature passed growth management law changes in 2011, it repealed a state requirement that local governments charge new developments for the cost of needed roadway improvements.


      Florida Governor Scott heading to Chile on trade mission

      Governor Rick Scott is heading back to South America on another trade mission.


      Tampa Bay’s construction industry still among hardest-hit nationwide

      Tampa Bay leads the state in job creation, but construction is sitting out the rebound.


      Leonardi assumess NAIC international regulatory mantle

      The NAIC’s point man on international regulatory affairs in the wake of former CEO Dr. Terri Vaughan’s departure is shaping up to be Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Tom Leonardi.



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