Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, February 27

Feb 27, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no Florida-related insurance events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Biz group uses legislative map to push for insurance reform

Hoping to convince lawmakers to make significant reforms on the politically thorny issue of property insurance, a business group has released an interactive map showing legislators how many of their constituents are covered by Citizens Property Insurance.


Citizens Property Insurance CEO wants agency to cut costs further

A cost-conscious Citizens Property Insurance is tightening its budgetary belt.           


Citizens Property Insurance causes shift in homeowners insurance market

Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance has been facing serious financial problems that have also attracted a great deal of criticism to the state-run organization.


Editorial:  Citizens Property Insurance spending

Citizens Property Insurance is on shaky financial ground because its actuarial numbers don’t add up – the value of the properties it insures exceeds the amount of money it can pay out in claims should a major hurricane hit Florida.  


How Will The Florida Legislature Tackle Property Insurance Rates? Good Question, Says Senator

Getting a handle on property insurance rates is a top priority in the upcoming Florida Legislature 2013 regular session, but it’s no easy task, according to popular consensus at Monday night’s Town Hall session hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.

  • To watch a video replay of Monday’s WLRN event, click here.


More Good News/Bad News for Florida Insurance Market

Floridians would face about $7.19 billion in post-hurricane taxes to make up the funding shortfalls of state-run Citizens Property Insurance.


Florida’s Physical Therapy Association:  Minor fixes will make PIP reforms better

The Florida Physical Therapy Association agrees Florida’s Personal Injury Protection auto insurance laws needed improvement to rid the system of fraud and abuse.


Medicaid fraud trial starts for former WellCare executives

Four former WellCare executives accused of defrauding the Medicaid program of more than $30 million put up their first courtroom defense Tuesday.


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi:  Florida shouldn’t surrender on health care

A chorus of opposition is starting to take hold in the Florida Cabinet to Governor Rick Scott’s stunning support for expanding Medicaid, with Attorney General Pam Bondi saying she objects to the idea.


Argus Dental Plan Joins Forces in the Online Insurance Marketplace

Barriers are breaking in the insurance market between employers and quality dental plans optimized for employee needs.


Florida Chamber:  Legal reform would give Florida a competitive economic edge

When it comes to building a more diverse and competitive state economy, Governor Rick Scott and many in the Florida Legislature deserve credit for moving our state in the right direction.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:   State Loses Another Round on Welfare Drug Tests

A federal appeals court Tuesday refused to lift an injunction against a 2011 Florida law that would require drug tests for people seeking public-assistance benefits — spurring Governor Rick Scott to vow an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Tant names 4 party captains

Newly elected Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant announced the appointment of four top deputies Tuesday, including a specialist in political social media, drawn from important constituencies in different parts of the state as the party prepares for next year’s race against Governor Rick Scott.


Coal ash waste would be exempt from hazardous waste regulation under bills

Legislation filed in Florida would exempt coal ash from power plants and cement kilns from being classified as hazardous waste.


The Florida Current’s 2013 Session Outlook:  Environment and Natural Resources

Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper says he’s encouraging other environmentalists not get as worked up over some bills as they have in past legislative sessions.


Politics in Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s Blood

It took Will Weatherford 10 years to catapult from political novice to one of Florida’s most influential legislators.


Blog:  5 Questions For Senator Joe Negron

Senate budget chief Joe Negron also chairs his chamber’s Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


New York, New Jersey to Offer Mediation Program for Sandy Claims Disputes Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Monday his administration’s plan to offer a mediation program option to Sandy victims who are in dispute with their insurers.



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