Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, March, 1, 2016

Mar 1, 2016


Citizens Property Insurance:  New bill advances after 2015 Governor Scott veto

A bill that offers protections to Citizens Property Insurance customers is headed for the Florida Senate floor a year after Governor Rick Scott vetoed a measure with similar aims.  Charles Elmore reports for the Palm Beach Post.


President Obama signs bill protecting more than 17,000 acres of Collier shoreline

President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law a bill that revised the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System, giving 17,044 acres of pristine Collier County shoreline federal protections.  Bartholomew Sullivan reports for the Naples Daily News.


Consumers need help from lawmakers now, balance billing opponents say

This week, state legislators can pull Florida consumers from the middle of disputes between insurers and medical providers who are out of their networks, patient advocates say. They can end surprise medical bills in situations where the patient has no choice about who provides care, Charles Elmore reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Florida lawmakers agree on Low Income Pool hospital funding

Facing a nearly $400 million cut in the coming fiscal year, House and Senate budget negotiators late Monday agreed on a plan for divvying up money in the Low Income Pool program, which helps pay for hospital care for poor and uninsured patients.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Unresolved budget issues start moving upstairs

Haggling over the finer points of a new state budget began moving upstairs Monday, as lawmakers worked to complete a deal on a spending plan set to weigh in around $80 billion.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


Talks on education budget break down

Education budget talks broke down late Sunday after a day in which negotiations on the overall state spending plan seemed to slow on several fronts.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


Michigan Insurance Regulators:  Homeowners’ Complaints on the Rise

Michigan’s insurance and financial services regulators say the number of consumer complaints is on the rise and that more than 7,400 consumers were assisted during January alone, Insurance Journal reports.


Lee Named Head of Regulation and Enforcement at Wisconsin Insurance Department

Wisconsin’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance announced that Cari Lee has been appointed as division administrator of Regulation and Enforcement. Lee supervises both the Bureau of Market Regulation and the Bureau of Financial Analysis and Examinations, Insurance Journal reports.




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