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AARP mounts defense against $811 million rate deal for FPL customers

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The Florida Public Service Commission heard testimony Thursday on a compromise four-year, $811 million electric rate increase for Florida Power & Light co., including a denunciation of the deal by AARP. “There’s nothing in the record, in our opinion, to reflect any need for any increase by Florida Power & Light. In fact, we believe that a reduced rate is appropriate for 2017 and no increase for 2018,” said Jack McRay, a lobbyist for the group. The settlement between the…

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Insurers hope for drug price transparency legislation — at a minimum

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An insurance lobbyist hopes at least to win legislation next year requiring drug companies to disclose more information about their pricing as a means to control pharmaceutical costs. Price controls, said Paul Sanford of the Florida Insurance Council, would be a much bigger lift, and would have to happen on the national level. But requiring price transparency as a condition of doing business in Florida might be realistic within a year or two, he said. “If you really want to…

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Attorneys defend Florida Supreme Court decision on workers’ comp rate increase

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Trial attorneys mounted an ardent defense Tuesday of Florida Supreme Court rulings blamed by business interests for threatening an increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums of nearly 20 percent. Mark Touby, a Coral Gables attorney who helped persuade the justices to eliminate a limit on attorney fees in workers’ compensation cases, insisted during a public hearing that claimants wouldn’t need to hire lawyers if insurance companies played fair. “The carriers are the ones making these decisions. They wrongfully denied benefits…

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