Florida no fault car insurance repeal moves ahead in state Senate

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Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) introduced the bill in the hopes of controlling skyrocketing premiums. The no fault car insurance bill meant to repeal the current system in Florida has cleared an important Senate committee. Should it become law, it would mean that drivers will need to purchase bodily injury coverage. The primary hurdle so far has been the argument that lawsuits and premiums would rise further. Many of the objections have come directly from insurance representatives. Should the no fault car insurance be repealed, it would mean that drivers in…

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Hurricane Irma may force Florida’s private flood insurance market to prove its mettle

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Residents of the state are preparing to protect their properties and loved ones against the approaching storm. As Hurricane Irma makes its way through the Caribbean and ever closer to Florida, the insurance industry is bracing itself. This is particularly true of the private flood insurance market in the state. Advocates say Florida’s market is a solid model for making federal flood insurance coverage more affordable. Should Hurricane Irma make landfall in Florida, as the hopes and prayers go out to residents for their safety and to avoid damage to…

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Florida hurricane insurance preparation was effective, say officials

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The state has said that insurers were responsive to their customers because they were ready. State officials have said that Florida hurricane insurance companies have been responsive to customers. This responsiveness to the damage from two hurricanes this year was the result of preparation. Those hurricanes caused hundreds of millions of damage in that state alone. These were the conclusions shared by the Florida Division of Consumer Services. That division received only 375 calls regarding the way Florida hurricane insurance claims were handled. When taking into consideration that Hurricane Matthew…

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Will 1.4 million people lose their health insurance plans in 2017?

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As insurers withdraw from many exchanges, many Americans may find themselves scrambling for new coverage. A new study revealed that the impact of insurers stepping out of the Obamacare marketplaces could leave many Americans without health insurance plans. In fact, as many as 1.4 million people could lose their coverage and have to replace it by 2017. The states expected to be affected the most by insurance company withdrawal are North Carolina and Florida. Over the last few months, a rash of large health insurance companies have stepped out of…

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Hurricane insurance rates increase in Florida regardless of the lack of storms

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Many residents of the state are wondering why they’re paying more when it has been many years since the last catastrophe. Florida hurricane insurance rates have been on the rise and while that may not have drawn much attention at one time, many residents of the state are wondering why they should have to pay more when it has been more than a decade since the damage left behind by Hurricane Wilma. When Hurricane Wilma smashed through South Florida, devastation worth billions was left in its wake. However, despite the…

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Florida auto insurance costs more than coverage in most other states

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Research has shown that car coverage in the state costs up to 25 percent more than the U.S. average. According to newly released data from Insure.com, drivers in Florida are still facing very expensive auto insurance, to the point that they are paying up to 25 percent more than the average across the rest of the country. The report on the data analysis determined that Florida is the eighth most expensive state in the U.S. The average amount paid for auto insurance premiums in Florida was $1,654. When compared to…

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Citizens wants to address the rising cost of homeowners insurance coverage

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Citizens may petition governor to investigate rising homeowners coverage premiums A member of Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance’s governing board has suggested that the state-run insurer should ask Governor Rick Scott to convene a special panel to address concerns regarding rising water damage costs. The panel would also highlight litigation that may be leading to higher homeowners insurance premiums in South Florida. Citizens Property Insurance is concerned that such litigation is eroding the financial standing of insurance companies throughout the state. Insurers are facing major financial risks due to rising costs…

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USI acquires Best Insurance Company from Florida

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The Insurance services firm has now purchased the homeowners, auto, motorcycle, watercraft and boat insurer. USI Insurance Services has now revealed that it has acquired the Best Insurance company, which is headquartered in Tamarac, Florida, and sells a range of different types of coverage within the state. The Best Insurance sells several different kinds of coverage to customer in Florida, North and South Carolina and Georgia. The terms of the purchase of the insurance company had not been disclosed at the time of the writing of this article. The Best…

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Citizens aims to change language of homeowners insurance policies

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Citizens Property Insurance intends to change policy language concerning water damage Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance is looking to make changes to the language in its homeowners insurance policies in order to mitigate the growth of claims associated with water damage. These claims are beginning to flow from South Florida, where many homeowners are beginning to experience water damage from various issues, ranging from rainfall to faulty plumbing. The changes that Citizens Property Insurance wants to make will adjust the way water damage claims are handled. Changes must be made in…

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Health insurance companies seek approval for merger in Florida

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Large insurers intend to merge, but seek approval from Florida regulators Two of the largest health insurance companies in Florida are petitioning lawmakers to approve their merger. Aetna and Humana intend to join together, creating a larger insurance organization. The merger has generate some controversy, with consumer advocacy groups suggesting that the merger would lead to higher health insurance rates and fewer options for those that need coverage. These concerns have been shared by some lawmakers, who are convinced that the merger would be in the best interests of the…

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