Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, July 3
Jul 3, 2012
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9:00 a.m.– Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Public Rate Hearing. Praetorian Insurance Company has requested an average statewide rate change of -2.2 percent for its property collateral protection program, which is also known as “lender-placed insurance.” The proposed rate would be effective September 1, 2012 for new and renewal business. The requested rate change is not uniform and some areas would be subject to higher rates. To view the hearing notice, click here. To view the agenda, click here.
As sinkholes plague a town, residents say it is cracking under the pressure.
Residents in Live Oak, Florida are steadily recovering after the flood, but some downtown businesses are now being condemned because of sinkholes.
If you’ve always yearned to own waterfront property and have enough time on your hands, thanks to global warming and rising sea levels Pinellas County may one day offer the real estate investment of your dreams.
Two studies from Washington healthcare researchers project that Governor Rick Scott’s decision not to expand Medicaid as provided by the healthcare reform law could mean Florida losing billions of dollars in federal funding – money that could have been used to bring health insurance to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Floridians.
- Critics say Governor Rick Scott’s position on Medicaid expansion could cost state jobs
- Florida Governor Scott exaggerates cost of Medicaid expansion, projections show
- Senator Nan Rich to Governor Rick Scott: “Stop the partisan war against the (health care) law”
In what is being called the largest healthcare fraud settlement in the nation’s history, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $3 billion for its transgressions. Florida’s share is $56.7 million.
A federal judge has blocked Florida from enforcing a new law pushed by firearm advocates that banned thousands of doctors from discussing gun ownership with their patients.
A Florida election law passed by the Republican-led Legislature is drawing yet another legal challenge.
Two black Chevrolet Camaros shimmered in the sun, polished and new, ready to be used by the Broward Sheriff’s Office to crack down on aggressive driving.
A judge is throwing out a lawsuit that sought to keep President Barack Obama off Florida’s ballot.
Florida is getting a $9.1 million bonus from the federal government over how the state is running its food stamp program.
On Friday, Congress combined funding for transportation programs, student loans and flood insurance.
- Reinsurers Eager to Carve Out Role in Newly Reauthorized National Flood Insurance Program
- Blog: Flood insurance premiums could double in four years
- Insurance Regulators Applaud Passage of Long-Term Flood Insurance Reauthorization Bill
New rules for insurers in Europe need to better reflect risks of holding European government bonds, according to Pacific Investment Management Co., which manages the world’s largest bond fund.
The board governing Louisiana’s property insurer of last resort has agreed to drop rates by 10 percent across a dozen south Louisiana parishes retroactive to June 7, when the reduction was signed into law.
Following this past weekend’s storms, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese Goldsmith is advising homeowners to take steps to protect themselves financially.
The Insurance Accounting & Systems Association Inc. has elected Louise Ziemann of State Farm to serve as president of the association for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year.
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