Approval of rate increases for Citizens insurance customers underscores need for Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform

Approval of rate increases for Citizens insurance customers underscores need for Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform TALLAHASSEE (Dec. 7, 2017) – This week’s approval of rate increases for policyholders in Citizens Property Insurance Corp. shows that Assignment of Benefits abuse is having a direct pocketbook impact on Florida families and is another clear indication that…

Rick Scott blocks insurance premium hikes, cancellations during Irma recovery

Michael Moline Florida Politics September 13, 2017 Gov. Rick Scott has ordered a three-month freeze on insurance rate increases for homeowners struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma — plus a three-month grace period for policyholders who received non-renewal or cancellation notices just before the storm hit. “Due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, Floridians should be…

Florida Domestic Insurer Sawgrass Mutual to ‘Wind Down’ Operations

Insurance Journal, Amy O’Connor August 23, 2017 Just a day after being downgraded by ratings agency Demotech, Florida-based insurer Sawgrass Mutual Insurance Company has revealed it is under administrative supervision by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. According to an amended consent order for administrative supervision dated Aug. 22, 2017, Sawgrass notified OIR of a…

Flood maps changing for Treasure, Space coasts; some property owners getting good news

Lisa Broadt, lisa.broadt@tcpalm.comPublished 2:42 p.m. ET Aug. 18, 2017 | Updated 9:07 a.m. ET Aug. 19, 2017 Treasure Coast and Space Coast property owners now can find out if their flood insurance premiums are likely to increase next year. Six years after initiating a review, the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this summer released draft updated coastal hazard…

Congress has one month to fix flood insurance. Hurricane Harvey makes it harder.

Posted by Alex Daugherty on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 at 6:42 PM @alextdaugherty For months, political foes like Marco Rubio and Elizabeth Warren united behind a push to overhaul the nation’s flood insurance program by capping annual premium increases and focusing on preventing damage in future floods. Hurricane Harvey could change all of that. Congress has spent most of 2017…

Miami faces greater hurricane danger than killer storm Andrew, study finds

August 9, 2017 Miami Herald By Jennifer Kay, Associated Press Twenty-five years after Hurricane Andrew struck south of Miami, the city’s vulnerability to catastrophic storm damage has grown exponentially, according to a new insurance underwriters’ analysis. At the time, the Category 5 storm was the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history, causing more than $26 billion…

Commissioner Altmaier Welcomes New Chief of Staff to the Office of Insurance Regulation

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2017   Contact Information: Amy Bogner/Karen Kees (850) 413-2515                       press@floir.com                       Commissioner Altmaier Welcomes New Chief of Staff to the Office of Insurance Regulation   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Yaworsky as the new…