Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, September 30
Sep 30, 2008
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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appointed three new members to state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Mission Review Task Force.
A Leon County Circuit Court judge late Monday ordered Tampa-based MD Medicare Choice (MDMC), a Medicare Advantage plan with more than 16,000 members in 23 Florida counties, placed into receivership for the purpose of liquidation. The Department of Financial Services (DFS) was named receiver, effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight, and will work closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Humana, which will provide replacement coverage effective Wednesday, October 1.
Sink assembles diverse group to tackle solutions for protecting senior investors
Standing beside Mr. David Greene, an 81-year-old retired Army Master Sergeant and victim of annuity fraud, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today announced that she has created the “Safeguard our Seniors” (SOS) Task Force to review and recommend solutions to better protect Florida seniors against financial fraud, with an immediate focus on annuity fraud. The task force includes senior advocacy, legal, investigative, consumer, regulatory and industry representatives.
Farmington Conn.-based FMG Acquisition Corp.’s stockholders approved a merger with United Insurance Holdings L.C., a Florida based homeowners underwriter and selected small business insurer.
Call it the Sunshine State revolt.
House members from across Florida rallied to help defeat the $700-billion Wall Street bailout bill on Monday, with most Republicans and one Democrat opposing the measure despite warnings of economic ruin.
Below is the of Congressman Adam Putnam’s remarks on the house floor this morning in support of the financial bailout plan.
McCollum championed bills to strengthen public and consumer safety
Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that several laws which greatly enhance public safety and consumer protection for Floridians, and which he personally championed during the Spring Legislative Session, will take effect tomorrow.
Lead-footed motorists might be headed straight to the poorhouse when a new state law takes effect Wednesday.
At-fault drivers face $840 fee
Accident response fees are so controversial that five states — Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Tennessee — have passed laws to ban them.
Florida has recovered more than $1.5 million as part of a state and federal settlement with Walgreen Co.
Two brothers, who escaped to Cuba amid charges of defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars, were reportedly being held in a Cuban prison.
Cuban authorities are detaining three Miami-Dade brothers who fled to Cuba earlier this year when they were charged with defrauding $119 million from Medicare, U.S. officials familiar with the case confirmed Monday.
Governor Charlie Crist today named George Sheldon as Secretary of the Department of Children and Families to succeed Bob Butterworth, whose resignation was effective August 15, 2008. Sheldon previously served as the department’s Assistant Secretary for Operations under Bob Butterworth.
Florida resident Stephen Carlisle was not alarmed by the letter he received from Bank of New York Mellon Shareowners Services, notifying him that a data breach had exposed sensitive information from thousands of customers.
Orange County Republican Senate candidate Belinda Ortiz is facing a complaint that she failed to register as a lobbyist in Tallahassee while working to promote the hotel industry.
Governor Charlie Crist today announced $541 million in federal funds coming to Florida will be a welcome boost to Florida’s economy and to Florida communities hardest hit by the national housing crisis. These targeted funds will be used within local communities to purchase foreclosed homes at a discount and to rehabilitate or redevelop them in order to respond to rising foreclosures and falling home values.
A Congressional amendment means work could begin soon on Glades restoration efforts along the Tamiami Trail. Not everyone’s happy.
Offered as Exhibit No. 1 of Everglades restoration ineptitude, infighting and never-ending delay: the overhaul of the Tamiami Trail, approved by Congress 19 years ago and still unfinished.
Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet are set to discuss a controversial deal to spend millions for a new road in Central Florida.
Enormous pythons gorge on rare wading birds along the Wekiva River. Violent storms destroy the aging pines that red-cockaded woodpeckers depend on for nesting. The shock of warming waters and intense sunlight kills coral along the Florida Keys.
Another round of dumping Lake Okeechobee water into the sea continues today as the Army Corps of Engineers tries to ease the strain on the lake’s dike.
The state’s second-largest home insurer will pay the most in the state windstorm association’s initial round of assessments.
The insurance regulators of New York and Bermuda announced today they had signed an agreement allowing for cooperation between their organizations. Both said the need for the pact had been underscored by the financial turmoil at American International Group.
Industry, consumer advocates oppose commissioner’s idea
Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine on Monday said he is considering the addition of fees on car and other forms of insurance to support trauma care services for car accident victims and others.
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