Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Apr 20, 2016


Governor to Meet with State Representative Bill Hager in Florida Insurance Commissioner Search

New developments in the hunt for Florida’s First New Insurance Commissioner in 13 years:  Governor Rick Scott’s office said he will meet Wednesday with State Representative Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach.  Charles Elmore reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Private Insurers PiggyBacking on Citizens’ New Claims Restrictions

Private insurance companies are lining up to request state approval of two key policy revisions intended to reduce losses from a practice called “assignment of benefits.”  The Sun-Sentinel’s Ron Hurtibise reports.


State Farm, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center Tangle Over Cost Information

The Florida Supreme Court is ready to wade into a dispute between State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and a major Jacksonville hospital about contracts and other documents that contain detailed information about how much the hospital charges for services.   THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via the Winter Haven News Chief.


Florida Can’t Block Medicaid Money from Planned Parenthood, Feds Say

States like Florida can’t block Medicaid money from abortion clinics, federal officials said in a letter to state health officials Tuesday.  The Miami Herald’s Michael Auslen reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Fallout from Florida Redistricting Ruling Remains To Be Seen

Two members of Congress most affected by a redistricting ruling issued late Monday by a federal court did little Tuesday to clear up their intentions, as qualifying for this year’s elections continues to edge closer.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


Oklahoma to Hold Hearing on Earthquake Insurance Rate Increases

Concerned about a competitiveness in the state’s earthquake insurance market, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has ordered a public hearing to investigate rising rates.  The May 24 hearing will include data gathered by the Oklahoma Insurance Department as well as comments from insurers and citizens, Insurance Journal reports.


Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Seeks Extension of Flood Claim Deadline

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend its deadline for Louisiana homeowners impacted by flooding, Insurance Journal reports.


XL Catlin Exec Heads Public-Private Forum to Close “Protection Gap” for Disasters


The Insurance Development Forum (IDF) was launched last week in Washington, D.C. and is chaired by Stephen Catlin, XL Catlin’s executive deputy chairman.  A high-level group of senior insurance industry leaders and government institutions will also participate in an IDF steering group, Insurance Journal reports.




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