Releases color-coded map of the state depicting
landslide risks by region (but not neighborhood or street).
Risk determined by geographical formations and landslide
history but doesn’t take rain or earthquakes into
Asks feds for healthcare reform waiver for individual
market. State currently allows insurers to report 60% MLRs and
thinks change to 80% will cause carriers to abandon individual
sales. Commissioner wants graduated increase to 75% by
Gov. Rick Scott signs omnibus insurance bill (S.B. 408)
into law. It shortens the time for filing sinkhole and
storm-related damage claims and limits sinkhole damage claims
to primary structures. It also allows insurers to pass on
reinsurance costs to policyholders. >> H.B. 479, a
medical malpractice reform bill, passes both houses. It
requires out-of-state doctors to apply for certification to
testify in Florida trials and provides immunity for doctors who
volunteer to help high school and college sports teams. Gov.
Rick Scott expected to sign into law.
Gov. Nathan Deal signs law allowing purchase of health
insurance across state lines, making it the second state
(Wyoming was the first) to enact such a law. Insurers selling
individual plans don’t have to offer the minimum coverage
under Georgia state law, which includes benefits such as
contraceptives and well child care. Even Georgia insurers can
sell policies that don’t meet minimum standards if those
policies are approved in other states. The Department of
Insurance will write the details of the rules for those
carriers. Consumers with disputes can still turn to Georgia
courts or the Department of Insurance for resolution.
Publishes fact sheet that includes guidance on
enrolling a civil union spouse under employer’s health
plan. Insurance Department also issues bulletin to ensure
carriers comply with new civil union law that became effective
Jim Newins named P-C Division director at Insurance
Department. He has been at the department since 1988 in various
Louisville fire department to start charging insurers
for services on structure fires this summer. Fee amounts not
settled yet. >> New law streamlines process for agent
licensing for members of armed services or their spouses.
Active duty servicemen can renew licenses or certificates
without dues or fees, and they are not required to obtain
continuing educational credits or meet any other renewal
requirements. Spouses can obtain temporary agent license
without meeting insurance code requirements if they meet
certain conditions. Law includes National Guard troops.
Emma Fontenot assumes position as deputy commissioner
for health insurance. She was program manager at the
state’s Department of Health and Hospitals and before
that was an insurance compliance specialist examination manager
with the Department of Insurance. She replaces Scott Kipper,
who left to head the Office of Group Benefits.
Insurance Superintendent Mila Kofman resigns, citing
philosophical differences with the Republican governor, Paul
LePage. She was particularly at odds with his
administration’s health insurance bills this legislative