Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, July 16
Jul 16, 2010
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When major insurance companies fight about federal tax policies, most people figure they don’t have a dog in that fight. But when these same companies, whether domestic or foreign, fight for Floridians’ business, it’s good for consumers struggling to insure their homes and businesses.
The grim weathermen of Weather.com have put together a list of the vulnerable cities that are long overdue to fall victim to a major hurricane, and guess who took top honors? Yes, that’s right, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
The limestone boulders and eight dump truck loads of sand that was dumped into a yawning 25-foot-wide sinkhole didn’t do much to plug the dirt-draining geological phenomenon.
Authorities indicted 33 suspects in the Miami area, accused of charging Medicare for about $140 million in various scams
Federal authorities said Friday they are conducting the largest Medicare fraud bust ever in five different states and arrested dozens of suspects accused in scams totaling $251 million.
Attorney General Bill McCollum today released the following statement after a Medicaid fraud enforcement pilot program that the Attorney General requested more than a year ago was approved for Florida by the federal government:
Odds are starting to look long for Gov. Charlie Crist’s proposal to ban near-shore oil drilling in Florida’s waters next week.
Republican candidate for governor Rick Scott wasted no time Wednesday and immediately filed an appeal of federal Judge Robert Hinkle’s decision to deny his request for an injunction to block the release of state funds to his rival under Florida’s public finance law.
Advisories were in effect in Broward and Palm Beach counties Thursday after health department officials announced that a Miami Beach man had come down with a suspected case of locally-acquired dengue fever.
Senate Budget Chief J.D. Alexander was fed up last April with the state agency tasked with managing state government’s properties and payrolls.
Florida’s unemployment rate improved for the third straight month, dropping to 11.4 percent in June, even though the state shed 1,900 more jobs month-to-month.
Republican Pam Bondi said she entered the attorney general’s race because she questioned her opponents’ legal expertise.
He has not yet agreed to a debate in Orlando to be televised statewide
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott wants a live audience debate with GOP rival Bill McCollum in Jacksonville, and may decline to participate in the only debate currently scheduled between the two that would be televised statewide.
The Senate has passed the Dodd-Frank financial services reform package that will have some impact on the insurance industry and add involvement by the federal government in the state-based insurance regulatory system.
The House today passed legislation that would provide certainty to the National Flood Insurance Program, but an amendment drew condemnation from insurer groups, leading one to withdraw support for the bill.
Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine is the apparent leader in the race for the Republican nomination for governor in a just-released poll.
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is taking aim at insurers’ use of credit scores, warning consumers that large drops in credit scores could lead them to pay 8 percent to 15 percent more for insurance.
Nobody wishes for a natural disaster, but there’s nothing like a big U.S. hurricane to revitalize shares in property and casualty insurers, currently weighed down by persistently weak insurance prices.
If you’ve ever seen “Flo,” the cheerfully offbeat cashier in Progressive Insurance’s ad campaign, you probably know her shtick: that when it comes to auto insurance, Progressive strives to be a little bit different, too.
Insurance regulators are trying to figure out ways to take more types of risk into account when looking at insurance company investment portfolios.
Kerrie Kelly is resigning after five months as director general of the Assn. of British Insurers and will return to Australia for personal reasons, the ABI said.
Insurance program and policy coverage consistency is the key reason risk managers implement and maintain global insurance programs, according to a recent survey from Jardine Lloyd Thompson.
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