October 30, 2014

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| 6/21/2013

Health insurers to rebate $54 million to Floridians

Health insurance companies will have to pay $54 million in rebates this summer to 614,245 of their Florida policyholders, federal officials announced on Thursday. That’s $132 per family. Officials hailed the news as another sign that the new Affordable Care Act is working for consumers by forcing companies to rein in overhead costs or pay a penalty in the form of rebates. More from the Orlando Sentinel and the Fort Myers News-Press.


Smaller companies urged to break into the markets of the Americas

Latin American and Caribbean trade conferences held in Miami often concentrate on the big players — the multinationals — and global economic trends. But Trade Américas Expo, which began Thursday, is shifting the focus to small- and medium-sized businesses and creating more business opportunities for them in the hemisphere. [Source: Miami Herald]


UM advertising team wins national competition

University of Miami students have painted a potential new advertising strategy for Walmart without ever touching a paintbrush. The school placed first in the 2013 National Student Advertising Competition, an annual event hosted by the American Advertising Federation. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


Fewer July 4th travelers this year with Thursday holiday

The calendar could put a small kink in this year's Independence Day travel, according to a forecast released Thursday by travel club AAA. With the Fourth of July holiday falling this year on a Thursday, the long weekend is a little shorter than last year's. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]


Despite Gov. Scott's pleas, tuition up at all but 2 Florida universities

Despite Gov. Rick Scott’s pleas, tuition is going up slightly at all but two of Florida’s universities. So Scott is returning to the board that oversees state universities with a new request: Be tough on fee increases. [Source: Miami Herald]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› USF medical school's Klasko to leave for Philadelphia university
University of South Florida medical school dean Stephen Klasko is leaving to become president of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and president and chief executive of the university-affiliated hospital system.

› European aviation company coming to Miami
ATR is a European maker of small planes with global headquarters in France and U.S. headquarters in Dulles, Va.,. It will relocate its “American hub” to the area around Miami International Airport.

› Apartments rent for more than homes in Metro Orlando
Residential rental rates have increased more in Orlando's trendy Baldwin Park section than in any other part of the four-county metropolitan area, a new report shows. The median rent last month in Baldwin Park was $2,169 for all the types of rental housing there — houses, apartments, condominiums and town homes.

› Free tech workshop for high school students Saturday
Feverish Pops and The LAB Miami have teamed to offer Code Fever @ The Lab, a free day-long workshop on Saturday to teach high school students — and their parents — how to transition from being just consumers of technology to creators.


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