The state senator discussed what will be happening in the upcoming legislative session.

PortOrangeObserver.com By: Nichole Osinski, Staff Writer Hurricane Irma not only brought destruction, but according to Florida State Senator Dorothy L. Hukill, it is bringing changes. On Friday, Oct. 20, at the Riverside Pavilion, Hukill discussed the aftermath of the hurricane and new bills that will be filed in the upcoming legislative session. According to Hukill, the most recent…

Consumer Advocates: Don’t let contractors handle insurance claims

By Troy Kinsey, Capitol Bureau Reporter Last Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:11 PM EDT TALLAHASSEE —  As a potentially long and arduous insurance claims process begins for hundreds of thousands of Floridians with property damaged by Hurricane Irma, consumer advocates are warning homeowners against allowing contractors to handle their claims through a relatively obscure process known as assignment of…

Florida insurers caution homeowners against signing assignment of benefits

Florida Record Michael Carroll  Sep. 18, 2017, 7:02am TALLAHASSEE — Florida insurance companies are warning property owners who sustained damage from Hurricane Irma to avoid fraud by not signing away their insurance rights to third parties.The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF) issued a similar warning last week. “Homeowners should … be cautious of unscrupulous…

CONSUMER ALERT: FEMA/NFIP Announce Enhanced Claims Filing Process for Flood Insurance Policyholders Affected by Hurricane Irma

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2017 Contact: Amy Bogner/Karen Kees (850) 413-2515 press@floir.com CONSUMER ALERT: FEMA/NFIP Announce Enhanced Claims Filing Process for Flood Insurance Policyholders Affected by Hurricane Irma Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is sharing guidance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) addressing the claims process for its…

How Florida Saved Taxpayers

Barry Gilway, CEO of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., in Miami, Fl., Sept. 6. PHOTO: LYNNE SLADKY/ASSOCIATED PRESS By Wall Street Journal The Editorial Board Sept. 12, 2017 7:17 p.m. ET These columns are often critical of government, especially when public officials put taxpayers on the hook for future risks. Think Fannie Mae, or federal flood insurance. So…

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…