Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sep 14, 2016


Post-Hurricane Recovery Florida Best Practices Task Force Created

Citizens for Responsible Spending Chairman Barney Bishop III today Tuesday the creation of the Post-Hurricane Recovery Best Practices Task Force, Publisher Nancy Smith reports.


Florida’s Olympus Insurance Promotes Burton to EVP of Underwriting, Business Development

Florida Homeowners’ Insurer Olympus Insurance Co., a leading Florida Homeowners Insurer, has promoted Bradley Burton to Executive Vice President, Insurance Journal reports.  


Florida Lawmakers Pledge to Regulate Ridesharing in 2017

A coalition of Democratic and Republican Lawmakers are the latest to come out against proposed strict Rideshare Regulations ahead of a critical vote by the Public Transportation Commission Wednesday.  Christopher O’Donnell reports for the Tampa Bay Times’ “Bay Buzz” blog.


Census Bureau:  Florida Falls From 3rd to 5th Place for Uninsured

Florida had the Nation’s Third-Highest Rate of Uninsured people — 20 percent — in 2013, the year before the Affordable Care Act required all eligible Americans to enroll in Health Insurance or face Tax Penalties.  Ron Hurtibise reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Florida’s Zika Undercount Hides Extent of Virus’ Spread, Experts Say

The Tampa Bay Times reports that information issued by the Governor and State Agencies has not been timely or accurate — cases announced as “New” are often several weeks old, because of a time lag in diagnosis — and excludes details that Public Health Experts say would allow people to make informed decisions and provide a complete picture of Zika’s foothold in Florida.


Numbers Not Good for Struggling Florida Citrus Industry

The amount of Florida’s Citrus Grove Acreage fell by 4 percent over the past year and the number of trees by 3 percent, both to the lowest levels in 50 years, Kevin Bouffard reports for the Lakeland Ledger.


Frustration Rises as Tampa Bay Area Sewage Toll Grows

It’s a contest no City or County wants to win:  Who dumped the most sewage after Hurricane Hermine brushed by Tampa Bay nearly two weeks ago?  Charlie Frago and C.T. Bowen report for the Tampa Bay Times.


7 Big Questions Facing Florida Politics Heading into the Fall

The most tumultuous Election Season in a generation is now heading into the homestretch. Publisher Peter Schorsch analyzes the landscape.


Who Watches Florida’s Low-Income Housing Watchmen?

Now that the criminal side of a fiasco is coming to a close, the Legislative side needs to ramp up by asking:  Who is responsible? Publisher Peter Schorsch asks the question.


Oklahoma Supreme Court Invalidates Workers’ Compensation “Opt-Out” Rule

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Tuesday struck down the “Opt Out” Provision of the State’s Workers’ Compensation Law, ruling it is an unconstitutional special law that gives Employers the authority to single out injured workers for inequitable treatment.  The Associated Press’ Tim Talley reports via The Daily Progress.


Louisiana Emergency Rule 28 Suspension of Right to Cancel or Nonrenew Residential, Commercial Residential, or Commercial Property Insurance Due to Historic Flooding

Due to the State of Emergency and the historic flooding in parts of Louisiana, the Commissioner of Insurance is promulgating Emergency Rule 28, which retroactively suspends Statutory Provisions of the Insurance Code. 

 Zika Babies Require Estimated $10M Each in Lifelong Medical Care

Funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Florida and Puerto Rico, which have been hit the hardest by Zika, runs out at the end of the month and will create a vacuum against the Zika Public Health Emergency, Officials with National Obstetrics and Pediatric Groups said during a media call sponsored the U.S. Health and Human Services.  Liz Freeman reports for the Naples Daily News.


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