Lawmakers Want Payday For Insurance Beneficiaries

Lawmakers Want Payday For Insurance Beneficiaries

By REGAN MCCARTHY • MAR 7, 2016

CREDIT AP

Florida officials estimate life insurance companies owe the state’s citizens more than $150 million. But lawmakers in the House approved a bill Monday they say will help to right that.

Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill) says the problem is simple.

“If I have an insurance policy and I name my spouse as the beneficiary and I pass away and my spouse has no idea that there’s actually a policy that can help with the …

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Unclaimed Property Measure Headed For House Floor

Unclaimed Property Measure Headed For House Floor

By NICK EVANS • FEB 26, 2016

When a family member passes away life insurance policies can help cover things like the funeral and outstanding debts—really anything.  But what if the surviving family members don’t know about the policy?  Well when that happens the money stays with the insurance company earning interest.  Rep. Bill Hager (R-Delray Beach) wants to see insurers getting more proactive about policies.  He says just look at annuities.

“As to annuities, these life insurers have routinely searched …

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Bill seeks to safeguard autistic people in police interactions

Bill seeks to safeguard autistic people in police interactions

By Mike Vasilinda

Posted: 5:24 PM, February 16, 2016Updated: 5:24 PM, February 16, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – People with an autistic disorder often live exceptionally normal lives, but that can change when they come into contact with law enforcement. Two bills approved Tuesday seek to make those encounters more normal.

About 280,000 Floridians — one in every 68 of us — show up on the autism spectrum disorder.

Those with the disorder are seven times more likely to have interactions with …

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Editorial: Sober home bills offer best chance to curtail bad actors

Editorial: Sober home bills offer best chance to curtail bad actors

As seen on the Palm Beach Post:

There’s solid evidence that well-run sober homes can help recovering addicts and alcoholics successfully reclaim a healthy, productive life.

But the key words are “well-run.” Unfortunately, as recent FBI raids in Palm Beach County suggest, the unregulated sober home industry has become a sinkhole for fraud, exploitation and crime. In the past five years, accounts of illegal patient brokering, insurance fraud, drug-dealing, sexual abuse and financial exploitation have accelerated.Consumer safeguards and real regulation are …

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Tougher sober home rules back for another try

Tougher sober home rules back for another try

To hear Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein tell it, the city has become awash in what are called sober homes, but in reality are quite the opposite.

“It has gone from a rehabilitation model to a relapse model,” Glickstein said. “Relapse exceeds 80 percent. These people are cycled through these homes and when their money runs out they’re just kicked out onto our streets.”

And causing problems.

To deal with them, State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, has reintroduced a …

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PB lawmaker wants hotels to lift age restrictions for military

PB lawmaker wants hotels to lift age restrictions for military

Members of the military under age 21 would be able to get hotel rooms in Florida, under a bill proposed Thursday by Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton.

The proposal (HB 277) would require hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast inns to waive age restrictions for people seeking rooms if they have valid military identification cards.

Florida doesn’t have a law restricting the age of people renting hotel rooms, but most hotels in the state require people paying for rooms to be at least …

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Sun Sentinel Endorses Bill Hager

Sun Sentinel Endorses Bill Hager

As seen at Sun-Sentinel.com:

Incumbent Rep. Bill Hager is a mix of doctrinaire Republican, independent-minded reformer and detail-oriented legislator. While we wish he were less doctrinaire, Hager’s other qualities earn him the Sun Sentinel’s endorsement in House District 89, which includes most of coastal Palm Beach County.

Hager’s work on sober houses has been particularly good. Local communities have been alarmed at the growth in these often informal rehab facilities. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act has blocked attempts to regulate …

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Fla. Rep. Bill Hager lets his service speak for itself to defeat challenger

Fla. Rep. Bill Hager lets his service speak for itself to defeat challenger

As seen at BizPacReview.com

After serving Florida House District 89 for the past four years, state Rep. Bill Hager is anxious to continue representing the people he has called neighbors for more than 25 years.

The Republican legislator in the south Palm Beach County district 89 has a unique background of public and community service, along with a strong dose of business acumen. Hager’s resume boasts numerous prestigious positions, including math teacher, attorney, Iowa insurance commissioner, Boca Raton councilman and former …

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BIZPAC announces 2014 business-friendly candidate endorses Bill Hager

BIZPAC announces 2014 business-friendly candidate endorses Bill Hager

As the eyes, ears and voice for businesses in Palm Beach County’s political arena, BIZPAC seeks out business-friendly candidates who appreciate business’ role as the engine that drives the regional economy and caliber of life. The organization does not seek to support one political party over another.

“This is a good group of candidates for business,” BIZPAC Vice President Tom Lynch said. “They look at the issues and they look at the entire picture before they take action. And the ones I …

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Florida Medical Association Endorses Incumbent Bill Hager

Florida Medical Association Endorses Incumbent Bill Hager

The Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC), Florida’s leading advocate for electing pro-medicine candidates to office, today endorsed Bill Hager in his bid for re-election to Florida House District 89.

“Nearly half of physicians practice in the state where they complete their medical education, so it is important that we increase in-state residency slots for family practice to address the state’s shortage of doctors and nurses,” said Dr. Ralph Nobo, President of the FMA PAC.  “State Rep. Bill …

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