Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, January 8

Jan 8, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.–Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (“FHCF”) Rule Development Workshop; Discussion will include proposed amendments to Rules 19-8.028, 19-8.029 and 19-8.030 pertaining to insurer exposure and loss reporting requirements for the 2013/2014 FHCF Contract Year, FHCF reimbursement premium formula requirements and insurer responsibilities.  Teleconference:  888-670-3525; conference code 7135858151.  To view the Workshop notice, click here.

      1:00 p.m.–FHCF Advisory Council meeting; The Council will meet to obtain approval to file a Notice of Proposed Rule for 19-8.029, entitled “Insurer Reporting Requirements,” and Rule 19-8.030, entitled “Insurer Responsibilities,” and to file these Rules for adoption if no member of the public requests a rule hearing on a timely basis, or if a hearing is requested, but no Notice of Change is needed.  Teleconference:  888-670-3525; conference code:  7135858151.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



        Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


        Florida lawmaker files bill to cap rates on Citizens Property Insurance

        Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami has filed a bill to put a limit on the rate-hiking power of Citizens Insurance’s Board of Governors.


        Hurricane Sandy Homeowner Faces Claim Issues With Florida Insurer

        State officials say homeowners should be “smart” when processing post-Sandy claims with insurance providers and do not have to accept first offers.


        State Farm Mutual tops Florida automobile insurance writers list

        The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation released its 2012 Fast Facts-including the top 20 personal automobile insurance writers in Florida for 2011.


        Citizens Property Insurance Corp. tops Florida personal residential insurance writers list

        Citizens Property Insurance Corp. – as expected – was the No. 1 personal residential insurance writer in Florida as of December 31, 2011, with 1,423,160 policies, according to 2012 Fast Facts released by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.


        Florida Investment Advisory Firm Launches Insurance Arm

        Independent Financial Partners, a Tampa, Fla., based registered investment advisory firm, has launched IFP Insurance Group.


        Florida Governor Scott meets with U.S. Health and Human Services chief Sebelius to talk health care

        Governor Rick Scott said he had a productive meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday in Washington.


        Blog:  Florida proposes new Medicaid reimbursement system for hospitals

        Making good on promises made during the 2012 legislative session, the Agency for Health Care Administration has come up with a new plan for reimbursing hospitals that treat patients on Medicaid.


        Parents of disabled children blast Florida health care

        Twice in the past year, state health administrators cut the number of hours caregivers assisted Alex Perez’s severely disabled son at his Westchester home.


        GOP senator proposes new early voting rules

        Responding to voter anger over long lines at South Florida polling places, a Republican senator introduced a bill Monday to add one day to Florida’s early voting period — the “souls to the polls” Sunday before Election Day — and to let counties operate polling places up to 14 hours a day.


        Blog:  Florida Governor Rick Scott — Give State Workers Performance Bonuses

        Governor Rick Scott is looking to take another run at getting performance bonuses for some state employees, he told a newspaper in an interview published Monday, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida.


        Blog:  Changes To Florida’s Unemployment System May Be Leaving Some Potential Recipients Without Benefits

        Changes to Florida’s unemployment system may be leaving some potential recipients without benefits as the state transitions to an online system for delivering unemployment compensation, reports Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida.


        Blog:  Debbie Wasserman Schultz says Charlie Crist needs to become pro-choice to get Democratic support in run for governor

        Debbie Wasserman Schultz called on Charlie Crist to change his position on abortion and has to “prove himself with some of our Democratic leaders before that’s a sure thing,” alluding to the Democratic support to challenge Rick Scott for Governor in 2014.


        Opinion:  Bill McBride’s passing resets the timetable of the 2014 gubernatorial race

        Such is the cruelty and vagary of life that, only in his passing, is Bill McBride able to accomplish something he was not able to do while alive: control the pace of a Florida gubernatorial race.


        Florida Governor Scott maintains narrow view on water, energy issues

        Governor Rick Scott says he is asking DEP to look at Florida’s springs and he said he wants to ensure that the flow of natural gas to the state is not interrupted.


        No decision yet on crippled Florida Progress Energy nuke plant

        The fate of a crippled nuclear power plant in north Florida will remain in limbo for weeks – and maybe months – to come.


        Florida Lottery to Take its Chances with New, Engaging Flamingo

        At 25, the Florida lottery has dumped its old, static flamingo logo for one with more energy and enthusiasm.


        Voters approved slot machines, but will they get them?

        Slot machine referendums hit the jackpot in every county they played in last year but so far the state of Florida is refusing to pay out.


        Kmart vs. Kroger Flooding Case Set for Trial in Mississippi

        A federal judge has denied requests from the city of Corinth and the Kroger Co. to be dismissed as defendants in a lawsuit over 2010 flooding at the Kmart in Corinth.


        Privatizing National Flood Insurance Program Could Be on Agenda After Sandy-Aid Battles

        The political and financial fallout from Superstorm Sandy will continue despite President Obama signing legislation on Sunday that will allow the National Flood Insurance Program to continue to pay claims.


        Former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner John Ingram dies

        Former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner John Ingram has died, the state Department of Insurance said Monday.


        Washington Post:  Republicans plan tax-cut push in state legislatures, though with a greater emphasis on caution

        Emboldened by big majorities and eager to lure businesses, Republican legislators and governors across the Midwest and South are planning to pursue hundreds of millions of dollars of tax cuts in the new year.           



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