Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, June 27, 2016

Jun 28, 2016


Florida Department of Health Confirms First Zika-Related Case of Microcephaly in Florida

Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of microcephaly in an infant born in Florida whose mother had a travel-related case of Zika.


Florida’s Drivers are the Worst in America, Survey Says

Florida owns the title of “Worst Drivers in America”, according to the Survey conducted by Cheap Car Insurance.


Insurer Files Protest with State over HMO Bids

A Health and Life Insurance Company has filed a protest with the Florida Department of Management Services, which recently rejected bids to provide HMO benefits to the state’s employees.  Keith Morelli reports for


It’s Never Too Early for Budget Time

Florida Governor Rick Scott is known as an early riser, so no surprise he would want to get a jump on the 2017-18 Budget Process, reports.


Florida Regulators Sought Little Public Input About Plan to Allow More Toxins in State Waters

With minimum public input, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been working for four years on a proposal that could let more cancer-causing toxins be released into the state’s surface waters, reports.


Florida’s Coral Reef System in Rapid Decay, Scientists Say

Scientists say Florida’s coral reef system, the third-largest in the world, is in rapid decay, with a variety of threats edging the delicate ecosystem closer to collapse sooner than anyone believed possible.  CNN reports via


Another Rick Scott Staff Shift, Another Org Chart

Frank Collins’ departure from the embrace of the Executive Office of the Governor means yet another rejiggered organizational chart of Governor Rick Scott’s team.  Jim Rosica reports for


Impact of Abortion Ruling on Florida Law Unclear

Florida Abortion Providers are breathing sighs of relief following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday striking down a Texas Law that would have greatly limited access to legal abortion in that state.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Margie Menzel reports via


New Insurance Broker Launches on Island

Intrepidus Insurance Services is an independent broker aimed at helping personal and business customers evaluate and navigate insurance, the Royal Gazette reports.


Minnesota Levies $1M Fine in Case Involving Force-Placed Insurance

Thousands of Homeowners who were hit with unusually large Insurance Bills after being forced into coverage with American Modern Insurance Group, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.


Hawaii Governor Signs Smartphone Proof of Insurance Bill

Hawaii Governor David Ige approved a Bill allowing Hawaii drivers to show proof of Insurance with their cellphone in a traffic stop, Insurance Journal reports.


Parish Officials Warn of Isolation for Louisiana Flood Buyout Refusal

Officials are warning a handful of holdouts in South Louisiana subdivisions that they could be isolated if they don’t accept Federally-Financed Flood Buyouts, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.





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