Florida insurance market reaches crisis point with another insurer bankruptcy

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As insurers rapidly depart the market, even recent legislation isn’t having a fast enough impact. The Florida insurance market for property coverage has been rapidly stumbling again following storms in recent years. As a result, the insurers that aren’t withdrawing are going bankrupt. FedNat is the latest of the insurers to cancel the homeowners’ policies it’s been selling in the state. Florida insurance has reached a desperate level. This latest withdrawal of FedNat will cancel another 68,200 policies in the state, following a massive trend of coverage cancellation there. Homeowners…

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Florida property insurance special session set to tackle crisis

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Governor Ron DeSantis is calling lawmakers back in May to take on the market’s critical health. State Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that he will be calling a special Florida property insurance session in May, bringing lawmakers back to work to try to repair the worst components of the crisis. Atlantic Hurricane Season is rapidly approaching and the homeowners policy market is in a critical state. With Atlantic Hurricane Season about to start on June 1, the governor is holding a special legislative session in May to take on the…

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DeSantis calls special session for Florida property insurance

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Many have called the state’s current situation a crisis as insurers fold and withdraw coverage. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that he is calling a special legislature session to address the widespread property insurance struggles faced in the state. The Republican state governor said that the special session will be taking place in May. DeSantis said that the special legislative session will occur in May. Its primary focus will be on the “reform of the property insurance market” and may also focus on a number of other topics. He…

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Florida Citizens Insurance rates might be climbing higher soon

Citizens Insurance - Higher Rates Florida

The insurer of last resort might become less affordable to people across the state. Homeowners in Florida could soon find that even insuring themselves with Citizens Insurance, the last resort coverage in the state, will lead to higher premiums. The state’s battered homeowners market is forcing policies into the state-backed insurer’s hands. As a growing number of homeowners leave Florida or find themselves in liquidation, many property owners find that they don’t have a choice other than to turn to Citizens Insurance for coverage. This has left the insurer covering…

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Florida insurance bills take steps nearer to becoming law

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Two bills meant to overcome the challenges to the industry in the state have moved ahead. Two Florida insurance bills taking aim at the rapidly rising homeowners and property rates have moved a step closer to becoming law in the state, having passed a key Senate subcommittee. Senate Bill 1728 was sponsored by Senator Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton). SB 1728 received overwhelming support in a vote by the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill aims to make a string of changes. The largest…

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Hurricanes and lawsuits to send Florida homeowners insurance rates higher

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Another busy storm season and rising claims litigation explain insurer policy premiums hikes. Florida homeowners insurance rates will be heading upward for policyholders across the central part of the state next year. Insurers point to consecutive active hurricane seasons and a steadily rising claims litigation trend to explain the rising prices. Insurance companies face higher expenses due to the continual record-setting hurricane seasons. The state has suffered damage from several record-setting hurricane seasons. Between those damage claims and the rising lawsuits regarding those claims, insurers are raising Florida homeowners insurance…

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Lighthouse Property to acquire Prepared Insurance of Florida

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The acquisition remains subject to official regulatory review as well as approval before it is finalized. Prepared Insurance of Florida, a domiciled P & C carrier in that state and Louisiana is to be acquired by Lighthouse Property Insurance Co. of Louisiana. This move doesn’t come as a surprise as efforts have been made for the acquisition since 2017. Lighthouse is authorized to write coverage in Louisiana as well as North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Prepared Insurance of Florida is authorized for writing in Florida as well Louisiana. The…

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