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Flood insurance hikes still a peril listen

03/24/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: insurance, Flood insurance, Florida Legislature

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Congress sought to ease fears in seaside communities by rolling back dramatic price hikes for national flood insurance, but for many the pocketbook pain has only been delayed.

As many as 1.1 million policyholders with subsidized government insurance will still be hit with rate increases under a bill signed by President Barack Obama.

Records analyzed by The Associated Press show there are communities in every state where the adjusted price hikes would make some properties unaffordable. ...

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New study shows health insurance premiums rising sharply

11/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Last week the Commonwealth Fund released a new report which reveals that premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans have increased by 50 percent from 2003 to 2010. The report presents a state-by-state analysis of employer-sponsored family health insurance costs between 2003 and 2010—before the Affordable Care Act was passed.

Health insurance costs are outpacing family income growth in every state in the country, out-of-pocket costs a...

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Seniors told to "not trust anybody" at fraud prevention forum listen

10/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Identity theft and fraud are a threat to many people these days, but seniors can be especially vulnerable. Yesterday members of Florida’s Department of Financial Services visited the Sunshine Center in St. Petersburg to help seniors stay alert.

Carol Radin is with the Office on Aging for the City of St. Petersburg, and said that seniors in particular need to be aware of scams and fraudulent offers in the mail. ...

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Preview of Citizens sinkhole insurance rate hike hearing at Tampa Convention Center listen

09/13/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Many homeowners in the Tampa Bay region could face steep rate hikes on sinkhole insurance premiums. This afternoon there is a hearing at the Tampa Convention Center on proposed rate increases by state’s government-backed insurance program. State legislators held a press conference to voice opposition to the hikes this morning.

Citizen’s Property insurance has reacted to a higher number of sinkhole claims...

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Tampa Bay homeowners outraged over Citizens sinkhole insurance rate hikes

08/17/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than a hundred furious protestors shouted and waved signs outside Pasco County government offices yesterday. They rallied to protest massive rate hikes proposed for sinkhole insurance coverage.

Last year there were far more sinkhole rate claims in the Tampa Bay area than in previous years. While many say the drought is to blame, some politicians in Tallahassee think fraud is at work. So State Senate Bill 408 was written to address the fraud, but also did away with a 10% annual rate h...

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Governor Rick Scott and top state employees receive huge health insurance subsidy

08/17/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest Adam Weinstein, a reporter with Mother Jones Magazine, wrote this last week about Florida Governor Rick Scott: "Last year, political neophyte Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money to bring the tea party's anti-government, pro-privatization agenda to the Florida governor's office. Today, the former executive pays just $30 a month for health care—and lets taxpayers cover the rest.

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Senator Mike Fasano calls for special legislative session and repeal of SB 408

07/28/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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New Port Richey state Senator Mike Fasano comes on the program to discuss the outrageous rate increases announced this week by Citizens Insurance.

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State Senator Mike Fasano on homeowner's insurance, privatization, & the "Taj Mahal" courthouse; open phones

05/18/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today's program is State Senator Mike Fasano (R-Pasco County). We'll talk with him about his opposition to the insurance bill signed yesterday by the Governor, the latest on the Taj Mahal courthouse scandal and privatization of prisons and Medicaid. Later we'll open the phone lines.

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Lawmakers aim to reduce Citizens, the state insurer of last resort listen

04/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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If you own a home near the Florida coast, pretty much your only option is Citizens’ Property Insurance, which was intended to be the insurer of last resort. The governor and state legislature are hoping to shrink Citizens, if not do away with it all together.

Citizens’ covers some 1.3 million homeowners. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Saturday that Governor Rick Scott wants to do away with Citizens by the end of his term. Tampa lawyer Sean Shaw, who served as the Insurance Cons...

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Health-care reform faces budget challenges listen

05/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today the White House emphasized health care reform, for the third straight day this week.

President Obama met with leaders in the House this morning, and said "the stars were aligned for health care legislation to happen this year."

Obama met with insurance executives and doctors on Monday, who have been some of the strongest critics of health care reform in the past.

Yesterday he met with business leaders who are finding ways to improve their health care costs.

In his brief co...

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