Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jun 16, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.–Florida Citizens Property Insurance Consumer Services Committee meeting.  Teleconference: (866) 361-7525; conference code:  6487811621.  To view the meeting materials, click here.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    Florida Busts Major Workers’ Comp Fraud Scam Involving Multiple Shell Companies

    Six Central Florida insurance fraud arrests that breakdown an elaborate Central Florida workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme were made this week, according to an announcement by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Insurance Journal reports.


    Medicaid managed-care plans getting rate increases

    Health plans that have been participating in the mandatory Medicaid managed-care program unfurled in Florida a little more than one year ago will be getting some pay increases in the coming months.’s Christine Jordan Sexton reports.


    Florida lawmakers reach late night deal on budget

    Aided by a last-minute infusion of cash that went to projects backed by the state’s Republican leaders, Florida legislators late Monday night reached a deal on a nearly $80 billion budget for the State,’s Peter Schorsch reports.


    Senate Proposes Medicaid Expansion Study

    The Senate’s health policy chair announced late Monday he was asking for the creation of a “Joint House and Senate Task Force on Health Care Policy Innovation.”  James Rosica reports via the Tampa Tribune’s “Fresh Squeezed Politics” blog.


    House Speaker downplays Senate rejection of House health care proposals

    House Republicans earlier this month rejected a Senate proposal to extend health coverage after a bitterly divisive debate that last nearly seven hours.’s Christine Jordan Sexton reports.


    Florida House follows Senate in approving more than $400 million in tax breaks as lawmakers open final week

    The Florida Senate opened the final scheduled week of a special session Monday by swiftly approving a $428.9 million package of tax breaks for the coming year, the Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports on the “Post on Politics” blog.


    Author kicks off Governor’s healthcare commission’s traveling “transparency tour”

    The “Spotlight Transparency Tour” starts in Tampa on Wednesday June 17 with at least two local hospital executives and Marty Makary, medical doctor and author of “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care,” slated to address Governor Rick Scott’s blue ribbon commission.’s Ryan Ray reports.


    Rick Scott, Cabinet to Consider Sunshine Lawsuit Settlement

    Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will be asked next week to approve a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that contends they violated the Sunshine Law by using staff members as “conduits” in discussions about the forced resignation of the state’s top law-enforcement officer.


    Suit settled in Florida top cop ouster

    Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are settling a lawsuit filed by media organizations over the firing of former Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey, the Associated Press reports.


    Sober-homes law’s effect will take time – like turning a battleship

    The long-awaited oversight of Florida’s sober home industry goes into effect on July 1, but insiders say it will likely be years before the effect of the new law betters the lives of recovering addicts and calms the frustration of neighbors living nearby.  Christine Stapleton reports for the Palm Beach Post.


    Florida Solar Industry:  A Sleeping Giant

    If there’s any state people may automatically expect to be a busy market for SolarCity, it would be the Sunshine State.  But that is not the case.  Far from it, in fact.  CNBC’s Reem Nasr reports.


    Lawsky’s Chief of Staff Albanese Named as Acting Insurance Superintendent

    Outgoing New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky said in a memo to his staff last Friday that his chief of staff, Anthony Albanese, will serve as acting superintendent while the Governor’s office conducts a search for a permanent replacement, Insurance Journal reports.


    #WCEC2015 Program Is Now Online

    The full program of events, speakers, and presentations for the 70th annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference is now online.




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