Insurance News: Urges Congress to Oppose Yet Another Beach House Bailout

Florida Insurance News - Citizens insurance

Flood Insurance News… PRESS RELEASE: (Washington, DC) — today said they oppose reintroduction of legislation by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) that would create a national catastrophe fund because it would put taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in losses, encourage risky development in environmentally sensitive areas, and do nothing to protect people and property in harm’s way. “A federal backstop for disaster insurance replaces private-sector insurance with the American taxpayer,” said “It is a ‘Beach House Bailout’ that would displace private property and casualty insurance with…

Read More

Reinsurance industry may win subsidies in Florida

homeowners insurance rates grow

Lawmakers consider new subsidies for the reinsurance industry This year, the Florida Legislature will be considering several proposals that could have a major impact on windstorm insurance throughout the state. Lawmakers continue to grapple with a problematic insurance market, where many insurance companies are either looking to raise rates exponentially or abandon certain sectors entirely. Given the ongoing problems with the state’s Citizens Property Insurance organization, lawmakers are eager to address any issues that insurance companies may have, and may be turning to the reinsurance industry to do just that.…

Read More

Insurers blast Florida lawmakers for inaction on Catastrophe Fund and Citizens Insurance

The Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) have begun criticizing Florida lawmakers over their inaction on the state’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. Legislators are also coming under fire from ABIR over their failure to take action on the troubled Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state run insurance organization that accounts for the majority of coverage in the state. Both the Catastrophe Fund and Citizens Insurance are being crippled by financial problems, which could put the state in a very dangerous position once this year’s hurricane season kicks off. Insurers had…

Read More

State requires fast action to strengthen the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund

The 2012 Florida Legislature is rapidly approaching the end of its session, and the lawmakers there have yet to decide on a path for the reform of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (nicknamed the “Cat Fund”), without which, the state will be left at a high degree of risk. Without arranging the Cat Fund before the end of session, all it would take is one sizeable hurricane to rip a tremendous chunk out of the state finances, as hundreds of thousands, if not millions of legitimate claims are made, but…

Read More