Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Apr 15, 2015
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1:00 p.m.–Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies meeting. St. Augustine, Florida. To view the agenda, click here.
Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members voted Tuesday to bolster the state’s catastrophic insurance fund with $2.2 billion of added coverage in advance of what forecasters predict will be another quiet hurricane season in Florida, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports.
- State storm fund disclosures spark debate ahead of Cabinet meeting
- State storm fund gets OK for offshore deal over protests it ups costs
- State Representative Ray Rodrigues: Reinsurance a bad deal for Florida homeowners
A two-year PIP fraud investigation involving Integrated Healing Clinic in Tampa has concluded with the arrests of 7 residents, according to a statement by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud. Insurance Journal reports.
Drivers in Florida looking to insure a new car will pay, on average, $1,742, or about 33 percent more than the national average, according to a new study by Insure.com. South Florida Business Journal’s Cindy Barth reports.
The stalemate between the House and Senate over billions of dollars in health-care funding deepened Tuesday, as the federal government suggested that the fate of a pool of money for hospitals and other medical providers was tied to the state’s decision on Medicaid expansion, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via SunshineStateNews.com.
- House, Senate, and feds stick to their guns on Medicaid dollars as Session slips away
- Feds Officially Link Hospital Funds to Medicaid Expansion
- Internal emails detail contentious LIP negotiations
A Senate health care spending panel on Tuesday gave the nod to a telehealth bill but House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Jason Brodeur says he’s not sure the Legislature needs to address the issue. SaintPetersBlog.com’s Christine Jordan Sexton reports.
Legislation aimed at regulating hydraulic fracturing cleared state House and Senate panels Tuesday, despite increased opposition from environmental organizations, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster reports for Scripps’ “Political Fix Florida” blog.
A Senate panel on Tuesday defeated a controversial amendment pushed by a gas station owner and GOP donor who is fighting with oil giant Marathon Petroleum, Matt Dixon reports for Scripps’ “Political Fix Florida” blog.
Efforts to put the brakes on the use of red-light cameras by municipalities stalled in the Florida Senate on Tuesday, but is continuing to cruise in the House. SaintPetersBlog.com’s James Call reports.
A controversial House growth management bill passed its final committee stop on the way to the House floor on Tuesday, SaintPetersBlog.com’s Bruce Ritchie reports.
A House committee took aim at the state’s chief prison inspector Tuesday, first accusing Jeffery Beasley of failing to properly investigate suspicious inmate deaths, then approving a plan to make it easier for the Department of Corrections’ secretary to fire him and his staff.
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has named Gordon Amini as general counsel of the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Amini held the same title when he previously worked at the department in 1981, Insurance Journal reports.
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