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Florida Office of Insurance Regulation says flood rates in Florida may be unfair

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The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has responded to state Sen. Jeff Brandes’ request to study the methods used to determine National Flood Insurance Program policy rates. The office agrees that with the limited information available to regulators, the rates may be “unfairly discriminatory.” According to a letter from OIR commissioner Kevin McCarty, his NFIP experience suggests the flood loss ratio from 1978 until 2012 was just 28.3 percent. “This is not an alarming loss ratio, and does not seem to…

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Hurricane season advice: Consider creating an out-of-state emergency contact

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Earlier this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced its prediction for the 2015 hurricane season, which begins on Monday. The agency predicts the season will be “below normal.” “A below-normal season doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. As we’ve seen before, below-normal seasons can still produce catastrophic impacts to communities,” said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., referring to the 1992 season in which only seven named storms formed, yet the first was Andrew — a Category 5 Major…

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Senate OKs health board appointees, but not Department of Health secretary

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The Senate on Wednesday approved appointees to the boards of medicine, nursing, podiatry,  dentistry, chiropractic medicine and physical therapy, among others, without fanfare. The boards are located within the Florida Department of Health and charged with regulating healthcare professionals. The Senate had not, however, moved to confirm the secretary of the Florida Department of Health, John Armstrong, M.D. Armstrong appeared before the Senate Health Policy Committee earlier this month but was not confirmed by the panel after refusing to answer questions…

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