Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, May 21

May 21, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.–Citizens Property Insurance (“Citizens”) Public Forum; Spring Hill, Florida.  Florida Senator Wilton Simpson hosts a forum at which Citizens policyholders can meet one-on-one with Citizens’ representatives to review their insurance policies and concerns.  RSVPs are required.  To participate, send an e-mail to or call (850) 487-5018.  (Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Drive, Spring Hill.)


Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


CEO Barry Gilway Says Post-Session Citizens Property Insurance in Best Financial Shape Ever

Hurricane season doesn’t officially start until next month, but Citizens Property Insurance Corp. already has weathered a series of political and public-relations storms, reports Maria Mallory White of the Sun Sentinel.


Citizens Property Insurance Bare Bones Plan Is Just That

Some South Florida homeowners who are insured by Citizens Property Insurance may be eligible for a cheaper option, reports Al Sunshine of WTVJ-TV CBS4 in Miami


Florida Legislature Approves Medical Malpractice Reform

In a victory for medical malpractice insurers and physicians, Florida lawmakers have approved a series of tort reforms that among other things will require expert witnesses testifying against physicians in a malpractice suit to be engaged in the same specialty, Insurance Journal’s Michael Adams reports.


More Charged in Florida Staged Auto Accident Probe

Authorities in South Florida say 33 more people have been charged in a three-year crackdown on staged auto accidents used to defraud insurance companies out of millions of dollars, the Associated Press reports in Insurance Journal.


Scott Bargains On Hospital Medicaid Funding, Set To Sign Off On Diagnosis-Related Group Transition Funds

For anyone still unconvinced that Governor Rick Scott knows the negotiation dance and uses it to the benefit of his priorities, look no farther than the most recent developments in hospital Medicaid funding, writes Karen Cyphers of


Long-term care Florida Medicaid patients start enrolling

Florida obtained tentative permission from the federal government earlier this year to move 3 million Medicaid patients into managed care programs, The Florida Current reports.


Blog:  Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich faults Florida Democratic senators on Medicaid expansion

Nan Rich, the former Florida Senate Democratic Leader, suggested that Democratic senators this year misplayed their hand on Medicaid expansion, blogs Tampa Bay Times’ Political Writer Adam Smith.


Governor vetoes $368 million in spending before signing Florida budget

Governor Rick Scott vetoed $368 million in spending outlined by lawmakers in signing their 2013-2014 state budget, knocking the total budget figure down to $74.1 billion, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


    Key Largo State Representative Holly Raschein Draws Democratic Opponent Pamela Gray

    Businesswoman and community leader Pamela Gray filed her paperwork Monday to challenge for the House seat, which represents all of Monroe County and parts of Miami-Dade,’s Jeff  Henderson reports.


    Controversy Over National Flood Insurance Rate Hikes Causes Ripples in Louisiana Senate Race 

    The battle over rate hikes imposed on flood insurance program policyholders in Louisiana is intensifying, with the big prize being the Senate seat now held by Mary Landrieu, D-La, reports Arthur Postal for National Underwriter’s


    Huge China sinkhole kills five in Shenzhen

    Five people died when a 10 metre (33 feet) wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boom town neighbouring Hong Kong, local authorities said Tuesday, reports.



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