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Brooksville store makes charms out of castoffs
BROOKSVILLE — From estate sales, garage sales and thrift shops to the showroom floor at Cottage Charms, castoffs become customers' cool things.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 11:30 PM
St. Petersburg man critical after being struck by vehicle on Ulmerton Road
A pedestrian was critically injured on Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Ulmerton Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 9:56 PM
Body found off Shell Key identified as missing Chinese student
ST. PETE BEACH — Authorities have recovered the body of the missing Chinese college student who jumped from a charter boat last week and was swept into the Gulf of Mexico along with another man.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 8:54 PM
Tangerine Plaza sold at auction, setting stage for St. Petersburg to take control of shopping center
ST. PETERSBURG — The city is one step closer to taking over ownership of Tangerine Plaza, the Midtown commercial development that has seen two grocery stores fail in the last three years.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 8:33 PM
U.S. investigates airstrike in Syria that activists say killed civilians
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The U.S. military said Wednesday that it was investigating claims that it had bombed a school in northern Syria where activists said dozens of civilians had been killed.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 8:02 PM
Pasco County real estate transactions for March 24
DADE CITY 13523 Carnoustie Cir., to Aptrick J. Walsh & Marlynn W. Walsh by Moos Family Living Trust & Moos James A Trustee, $617,500, 2/28/2017.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 6:53 PM
Future of medical pot in Florida still cloudy after Senate discussion
A Senate panel discussion shows division over how to implement the law.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 6:51 PM
With GOP health care bill teetering, Florida Rep. Dennis Ross worries failure will splinter party

The vote on the Republican plan is set for today and it may not have enough support.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 6:30 PM
House intel chairman: Trump communications may have been 'monitored' (w/ video)
WASHINGTON — Communications of Donald Trump's transition officials — possibly including the incoming president himself — may have been scooped up in legal surveillance but then improperly distributed throughout the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 5:47 PM
Gorsuch survives marathon, multi-day Supreme Court confirmation hearing
WASHINGTON — Judge Neil M. Gorsuch has performed like a major-leaguer throughout his marathon Supreme Court confirmation hearing this week, setting him up to claim the position formerly held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 5:38 PM

Southeast News – Insurance Journal

UNC Health Warns Prenatal Patients of Possible Medical Info Leak
University of North Carolina Health Care System has sent out a letter alerting its prenatal patients that their confidential medical information may have been shared with their home county by mistake. On Monday, the UNC Health Care System sent letters …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 4:23 AM
Florida Man Arrested for Setting Car on Fire to Collect Insurance Payout
A resident in Orange County, Florida, is alleged to have committed an insurance scheme that included having his car stolen and destroyed to collect an insurance payout. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the recent arrest of Michael Abrams on …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 4:09 AM
Alabama Confirms Bird Flu in 2 Poultry Flocks
Alabama officials have confirmed bird flu in two poultry flocks, just a week after three commercial breeders had to kill their chickens across the state line in Tennessee. The state veterinarian announced that chickens are under quarantine after testing positive …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 3:42 AM
NTSB Expects Report on Fatal Mississippi Bus Crash Within Weeks
Investigators say a preliminary report on the March 7 train-bus crash in Mississippi that killed four Texas tourists should be ready within three weeks. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich on Friday added a seventh railroad crossing to a list his …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 4:58 AM
BSA in Tennessee Promotes Wall To Medical Only-Claims Rep
Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. (BSA), headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., promoted Courtney Wall in February 2017 to the position of medical only-claims representative in the Brentwood office, according to Jeff Pettus, president and CEO of Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. Wall is …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 4:26 AM
Airbnb at Odds with Miami Mayor Over Homesharing Regulations
Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms face more restrictions in Miami, where the mayor plans for more aggressive enforcement of regulations prohibiting rentals of single-family homes in its residential areas. Amid spring break and days before the annual Ultra electronic music …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 4:00 AM
South Carolina County Looks to Stem Rising Emergency Vehicle Insurance Costs
Officials in Horry County, South Carolina, are seeking ways to reduce the high costs of insurance and worker’s compensation related to crashes by emergency vehicles. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that there have been nearly 50 vehicle accidents …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 4:00 AM
Police Investigate Alabama Mosque Burglaries
Authorities are trying to determine whether a series of break-ins at mosques in Alabama might be linked to a similar case in Virginia based partly on similarities shown in surveillance photos, officials said Friday. Images taken earlier this month during …

POSTED MARCH 21, 2017 4:25 AM
Disney to Pay $3.8M in Back Wages to Florida Workers
The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to Florida workers for violating minimum wage and overtime rules as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal agency said Friday that …

POSTED MARCH 21, 2017 4:18 AM
Tennessee Sees Improvement in Number of Insurance Consumer Complaints in 2016
Insurance complaints ranked last of the top 10 complaint categories for 2016, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs. The number of consumer complaints in 2016 related to insurance – 177 of a …

POSTED MARCH 21, 2017 4:09 AM
Mississippi Supreme Court Refuses to Dismiss State Farm Katrina Lawsuit
The Mississippi Supreme Court won’t dismiss a state lawsuit against an insurance company over Hurricane Katrina claims. The Sun Herald reports that Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against insurance giant State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. can go forward. The …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2017 4:01 AM
Residents of 10 Buildings in North Carolina Capital City Displaced by Massive Fire
Residents of downtown Raleigh, N.C., were allowed pick up belongings Saturday at dwellings near where a massive fire broke out. Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said crews were escorting residents back to where they lived, but that it could take …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2017 4:00 AM
Prescription Drug Crisis Fueling Robberies of Georgia Pharmacies
A wave of break-ins and robberies of Georgia pharmacies is being fueled by a drug epidemic, authorities said. In June, a thief with a sledgehammer broke into a Snellville pharmacy and stole thousands of dollars worth of pain pills and …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2017 4:00 AM
North Carolina Busts 70 Taxi, Limo Drivers in Insurance Rate Evasion Scheme
When dozens of taxi and limo drivers claimed the same home address, it led to a big insurance bust. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey says 70 Charlotte-area taxi and limousine drivers falsely listed the same address in suburban Union …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2017 4:00 AM
Florida Property Insurers Largely Avoid Downgrades, For Now: Demotech
Ratings company Demotech is holding off on issuing large-scale ratings downgrades of Florida property insurers for now, after a number of insurers heeded its warning of last month about the effects of assignment of benefits abuse and state court rulings by …

POSTED MARCH 17, 2017 12:55 PM
Lighthouse Property President White Acquires Equity Stake in Prepared Holdings
Current Chairman and President of Lighthouse Property Insurance Corp., Patrick L. White, has acquired an 89 percent ownership stake in Prepared Holdings, LLC and its wholly-owned subsidiaries including Prepared Insurance Company. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued a …

POSTED MARCH 17, 2017 5:09 AM
West Virginia Overdose Deaths Up 13% in 2016
Fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia continued to rise last year and its overdose death rate still far outpaces any other state in the country. A Feb. 13 analysis by the West Virginia Health Statistics Center shows at least 818 …

POSTED MARCH 17, 2017 4:59 AM
Mississippi Gov. Nominates Rep. Formby to State Workers Comp Commission
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is nominating a longtime Republican lawmaker to the three-member Workers Compensation Commission. Rep. Mark Formby of Picayune has served in the House since 1993 and helped push a 2012 law that tightened rules about how the …

POSTED MARCH 17, 2017 4:47 AM
Dolly Parton Fund Aids 921 Tennessee Wildfire Victims
Dolly Parton’s My People Fund has issued monthly checks to 921 people who lost their homes in deadly wildfires that ravaged East Tennessee last year. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson said the fund received …

POSTED MARCH 16, 2017 4:44 AM
Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Reducing State Coal Mine Inspections
Kentucky lawmakers have agreed to loosen inspection requirements for underground coal mines. The Kentucky Senate gave final approval to House Bill 384 on Tuesday. It would give the Department of Natural Resources commissioner discretion to replace up to three safety …

POSTED MARCH 16, 2017 4:29 AM
Florida Resident Sues Mining Company Over Contaminated Land Under Homes
A central Florida man is suing a mining company that he says built homes over former phosphate mines and didn’t warn homeowners about health hazards. Lakeland homeowner John Jerue filed the lawsuit last week against Alabama-based Drummond Company on behalf …

POSTED MARCH 16, 2017 4:12 AM
Kentucky Passes Bill to End Shock Probation in Fatal DUI Crashes
A bill aimed at eliminating the option of shock probation for people convicted in fatal drunken driving crashes has cleared the Kentucky General Assembly. The Senate voted 33-4 March 8 for final passage of the bill, House Bill 222, sending …

POSTED MARCH 15, 2017 4:53 PM
Florida Insurance Agency Employee Accused of Stealing $1M From Employer
A Florida insurance agency employee was arrested following an alleged scheme that officials claim bilked her Ft. Lauderdale-based employer out of more than $1 million, according to a statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Jennifer Summerlott, a former customer service …

POSTED MARCH 15, 2017 5:25 AM
Chubb Off the Hook for Legal Fees in Dispute With Mississippi Hospital System
Singing River Health System in Mississippi has lost its case in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals against an insurance company that has been paying the hospital system’s legal fees in the court battle against its retirees. The Sun Herald …

POSTED MARCH 15, 2017 5:00 AM
Parts of West Virginia Under Winter Storm Warning
Warnings have been posted in much of West Virginia for up to a foot of snow from a late-season storm. The National Weather Service said snow was expected to start Monday night and last in some places through early Wednesday. …

POSTED MARCH 14, 2017 4:38 PM
Details Emerge on What Went Wrong in Tour Bus, Train Accident in Mississippi
The Texas tour bus hit by a freight train in a deadly crash in Mississippi wasn’t supposed to have taken the road where it got stuck at a rail crossing earlier this week, a federal official said Thursday. National Transportation …

POSTED MARCH 14, 2017 5:46 AM
Western Kentucky Suffers Damage from 2 Tornadoes
The National Weather Service says two tornadoes apparently hit far western Kentucky, where transportation officials say roads will reopen overnight. Meteorologist Jim Packett in Paducah says officials surveyed damage in Fulton County on Friday. The preliminary findings are that the …

POSTED MARCH 14, 2017 5:28 AM
Brentwood Services Administrators in Tennessee Promotes Perkins
Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. (BSA), headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., has promoted Shelby Perkins to medical only­­-claims representative in the Tennessee Claims Department in the Brentwood office, according to Jeff Pettus, president and chief executive officer of Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. …

POSTED MARCH 14, 2017 5:15 AM
West Virginia Attorney General Settles with Car Dealer
West Virginia’s attorney general has reached a court settlement with a Cabell County used car dealer requiring he stand behind warranties, post unaltered buyer’s guides and ensure each vehicle sold will pass state safety inspection. It requires owner Shawn Dunfee …

POSTED MARCH 13, 2017 1:31 PM
Eight Accused of Staging Accidents in Northern West Virginia
Eight northern West Virginia residents have been indicted on charges that they staged vehicle accidents in order to file false insurance claims. Prosecutors say the eight were indicted Tuesday on mail fraud charges in federal court in Clarksburg. According to …

POSTED MARCH 13, 2017 1:23 PM

Health and Benefits – Insurance Journal

Aon Completes Acquisition of Brazil Health & Benefits Firm, Admix
Aon announced it has completed its acquisition of Admix, the São Paulo, Brazil-based health and benefits brokerage and solutions firm. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Admix’s brokerage and operational platform combined with Aon’s world-class actuarial, brokerage, and consulting capabilities creates the …

POSTED JANUARY 18, 2017 12:59 PM
Aon Agrees to Buy Brazil Health & Benefits Broker and Solutions Firm, Admix
Aon announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Admix, a leading health and benefits brokerage and solutions firm in Brazil. Financial terms of the agreement, which was announced on Nov. 25, were not disclosed and the acquisition is subject to …

POSTED DECEMBER 01, 2016 10:53 AM
Southern California School Reopens After 2-Year Asbestos Closure
The last of three Southern California schools closed two years ago after asbestos was found has reopened following a complete overhaul. The Orange County Register reported Lake View Elementary opened its doors Wednesday to more than 320 students as a fully …

Report Shows Higher Smoking, Drinking Among Utah Construction Workers
Utah residents who work in construction and manufacturing are more likely to smoke and binge drink than workers in other industries, according to a new report from Utah’s Department of Health. The data is based on a telephone survey of …

Lockton Adds Employee Benefits Leader Georgia in Milwaukee
Independent insurance broker, Lockton, announced it has added Patrick Georgia as senior vice president and employee benefits practice leader in Milwaukee, Wis. As part of Lockton-Milwaukee, Georgia will help clients by developing benefit programs to meet their needs and manage …

POSTED FEBRUARY 09, 2015 5:15 PM
Health and Wellness Consultant Peter Mangiola Helps Consumers Maximize Health Insurance Benefits
Health and Wellness Expert Peter Mangiola R.N. MSN Has Launched a New Jersey Consultancy Focused on Helping Consumers Gain Access to the Resources Necessary to Prevent and Treat Health Issues Medford, NJ, February 3, 2015: Peter Mangiola R.N. MSN has …

POSTED FEBRUARY 03, 2015 11:00 AM
Hylant, Liazon to Offer Private Benefits Exchange
Toledo, Ohio-based insurance brokerage firm, Hylant, has entered into a partnership with Liazon, operator of the Bright Choices Exchange, a private benefits exchange for businesses across the U.S., to provide clients with benefit alternatives to traditional options as the health …

POSTED OCTOBER 03, 2013 4:25 PM
Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #39
AOR/BOR Procedures for Benefits. For some unknown reason, I continually find Benefits Producers thinking the P&C AOR/BOR procedures are not applicable to them because the risk on the P&C side does not exist on the benefits side. This belief is …

POSTED JULY 23, 2013 10:00 AM
The Hanover Expands Healthcare Capabilities
The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. has expanded its healthcare industry options with an increased appetite and capabilities for the rapidly growing areas of the healthcare industry, including allied healthcare centers and home healthcare and medical equipment. The company also will …

POSTED JULY 17, 2013 4:53 PM
Lockton Adds Milwaukee Insurance Brokerage Operation
Insurance and employee benefits advisor, Lockton, has opened a new operation in Milwaukee, Wis., appointing two veteran employee benefits consultants as senior executives. John O’Connor and Bill Crowley have joined Lockton as senior vice presidents in Lockton’s new Milwaukee office. …

POSTED JULY 09, 2013 4:07 PM
New ‘Obamacare’ Exchanges Could Miss Enrollment Deadline: GAO
New health insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states under President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul could miss an Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment, a government report said on Wednesday. The launch …

POSTED JUNE 19, 2013 4:29 PM
Wisconsin Bill Would Require $50 Tobacco Use Fee for Health Insurance
Wisconsin state workers who smoke would have to pay $50 more per month for health insurance under a Gov. Scott Walker proposal that has won approval by the Legislature’s budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee on voted 13-3 to approve …

POSTED MAY 23, 2013 4:02 PM
Bliss & Glennon Launches Nutraceutical, Nutrition, Lifestyle Program
Redondo Beach, CA-based Bliss & Glennon, Inc.’s Complex Casualty division of has launched a new specialty program for the nutraceutical/health/nutrition/natural products industry. The product is supported by a national AM Best “A+” rated insurance company with claims servicing expertise in …

POSTED MAY 10, 2013 10:00 AM
Indiana State May Charge Tobacco Users More for Insurance
Next year, Indiana State University employees who smoke or use other tobacco products could face a $1,200 per year surcharge if they have university health insurance. Also, employees who voluntarily agree to health screenings and health risk assessments would receive …

POSTED MAY 08, 2013 4:26 PM
Partner Benefits Stand for Michigan State Workers
Same-sex domestic partners of state employees will continue to qualify for health insurance after the Michigan Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal filed by the state. In a short order released May 2 and dated May 1, justices …

POSTED MAY 06, 2013 3:58 PM
Texas AG: Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Unconstitutional for Public Entities
Local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion on April 29. The cities of Austin, El Paso and Forth Worth already offer …

POSTED MAY 01, 2013 3:41 AM
Montana Panel Hears Wrongful Birth, Life Bill
A Senate panel is considering a bill that would prohibit the parents of children with genetic abnormalities from suing their doctors for withholding that information from them before birth. House Bill 310 sponsored by Republican Rep. Cary Smith of Billings …

POSTED MARCH 13, 2013 3:23 PM
Commentary: Agents Act Now on Healthcare Reform
For agents and brokers, 2013 is a relatively quiet period related to Affordable Care Act requirements. However it should be a busy time for agents and brokers to begin preparing their clients for what is coming in 2014. Helping human …

POSTED MARCH 05, 2013 4:04 PM
Assurex Global Launches Employee-Benefits Marketplace Platform
Assurex Global has launched a new private marketplace employee benefits platform for employers to offer a wide-range of administrative flexibility and employee health benefit options. “Employers have been struggling for years with ever-increasing medical costs,” said Assurex Global President and …

POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2013 5:43 PM
HUB International Acquires Louisiana-Based Brokerage Benefit Concepts
Insurance broker Hub International Limited (Hub) has acquired the assets of Benefit Concepts Inc. (BCI), a Shreveport, La.-based employee benefits brokerage firm. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. BCI will become part of the Texas operations of Hub International …

POSTED JANUARY 09, 2013 4:55 PM
Digital Insurance Acquires Missouri-based Health Star Consulting
Digital Insurance announced the acquisition of Health Star Consulting of Clayton, Mo. The benefits firm merged with the St. Louis office of Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA), a division of Digital Insurance. Health Star Consulting Principal Devin Bernstein joined the DBA …

POSTED JANUARY 09, 2013 6:39 AM
Only 15 States Plan to Operate Own Health Insurance Exchanges
Only 15 U.S. states plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama’s reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting prospect of creating and operating the new online marketplaces in at least two-thirds of the country. On the eve …

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2012 3:28 PM
Study: North Dakota Health Insurance Market Near Monopoly
An American Medical Association study concludes that North Dakota’s health insurance market is almost a monopoly but the state’s dominant health insurer says consumers are not getting gouged. The study says a concentration of health insurance among a handful of …

POSTED DECEMBER 05, 2012 5:31 PM
Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cuts Worker Hours to Avoid Health Insurance
Officials in Cedar Falls, Iowa, plan to reduce dozens of part-time public employees’ hours in order to avoid having to offer them insurance under a requirement of the federal health care overhaul set to take effect in 2014. Cedar Falls …

POSTED NOVEMBER 29, 2012 5:25 PM
Hobby Lobby Appeals Morning-After Pill Decision
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court to block part of the federal health care law that requires the Christian family-owned arts and crafts company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception pills. The Oklahoma City-based company …

POSTED NOVEMBER 27, 2012 7:15 AM
Health Plan Cost Rate Hikes Lower for Large Employers in 2012: Aon
In 2012, large U.S. companies and their employees saw the lowest health care premium rate increases in six years, according to an analysis by Aon Hewitt, the global human resources firm. The average health care premium rate increase for large …

POSTED OCTOBER 03, 2012 1:20 PM
Digital Insurance Buys North Carolina’s Strategic Benefit Solutions
Employee benefits agency Digital Insurance in Atlanta has acquired Strategic Benefit Solutions of Raleigh, N.C., and merged it with its local office of Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA). Strategic Benefit Solutions President Henry D. Stewart joins the DBA team in Raleigh. …

Arkansas: Consultant’s License Required to Charge Compensation Fee
Insurance producers who assist group health insurance customers with coverage in Arkansas may collect a compensation fee from clients to make up for reduced commissions from health insurance companies, state regulators say. Producers who do wish to charge to charge …

POSTED AUGUST 08, 2012 4:45 PM
Democrats, Republicans Offer Rival Views to Control Health Costs
Democrats and Republicans agree that the next U.S. president will have to contend with rising healthcare costs that pose a growing, destabilizing burden for families, employers and government budgets. But two articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine …

POSTED AUGUST 02, 2012 3:13 PM
Digital Insurance Acquires DSG Benefits Group in Dallas
Employee benefits-only agency, Digital Insurance, has acquired DSG Benefits Group in Dallas. The acquisition marks the company’s debut in the Texas market. The Dallas firm now operates under the banner of Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA), a division of Digital Insurance. …

POSTED JULY 27, 2012 4:24 PM

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