Florida Launches AOB Resource, Education Webpage for Consumers
Source: Florida Office of Insurance Regulation and Insurance Journal
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has launched a new webpage as part of its efforts to educate Florida consumers about the state’s ongoing challenges with assignment of benefits abuse.
The AOB resource webpagehas been added to the OIR website and offers information about what an AOB is – a document signed by a policyholder that allows a third party, such as a water extraction company, a roofer, or a plumber, to “stand in the shoes” of the insured and seek direct payment from the insurance company. The site also includes information for Florida’s consumers about changes needed to discourage fraudulent AOB activity.
AOB’s have become prevalent in water and roof claims across the state, and because of loopholes in the way it is being used in the marketplace costs for homeowners are going up from unnecessary litigation associated with certain AOB claims, OIR advises.