US Senate Budget Committee is taking a closer look at Florida Citizens Insurance

Citizens Insurance Focus - home insurance

The Senate Panel is seeking to answer big questions about the insurer’s exposure if a storm hits. The US Senate Budget Committee has requested a slew of documents and information from Florida’s Citizens Insurance, the home insurer of last resort in the state. The investigation has raised questions regarding climate risk and whether a major hurricane would cause the insurer to have to obtain help from the federal government. The committee is aiming to learn more about the insurer’s ability to pay claims in worst case situations. Governor Ron DeSantis…

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Florida lawmakers look to insurer accountability to overcome state crisis

Insurer accountability - Florida Law

New legislation is intended to acknowledge that insurance companies have not yet faced heavy regulation. As the homeowners’ insurance industry in Florida continues to scramble in crisis mode, lawmakers have introduced a new insurer accountability strategy as a part of a broader effort to control skyrocketing premiums and company insolvencies. The bill would raise fines for insurance companies that have been using bad practices. The insurer accountability bill would put higher fines in place for insurance companies with bad behaviors. The companies will also be required to do more information…

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Homeowners insurance customers in Florida receive explanation for cost hikes

Florida Homeowners Insurance

The commissioner in the state has released a statement to property owners to explain the rates. The homeowners insurance head in Florida has released a statement that has said that there is a reason that the cost of coverage has not been falling despite the fact that one of the biggest expenses typically faced by insurers is now an area in which they are saving money. In fact, the commissioner went on to caution that the rates for this coverage may continue to rise. As some homeowners insurance companies have…

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Homeowners insurance changes proposed by Florida commissioner

Homeowners Insurance

Alterations have been put forward to the property coverage in the state, particularly for Citizens. Kevin McCarty, the commissioner in Florida, has proposed some considerable changes to the homeowners insurance system in the state, particularly when it comes to the coverage offered by Citizens. This was announced by the commissioner to the state Senate Banking and Insurance Committee this week. The goal for McCarty’s proposals is the decrease the risk faced by the Citizens, the state backed homeowners insurance company of last resort. At the moment, that insurer is responsible…

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Rates for Florida workers’ compensation to increase by 8.9 percent by 2012

According to Kevin McCarty, the Florida Insurance Commissioner, the insurance rates for workers’ compensation are slated to increase by 8.9 percent, and will do so beginning on January 1, 2012.  By giving his approval for the rise in rates, McCarty has simultaneously refused the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) rate request, stating that there was a flaw in the council’s methodology.  Equally, McCarty has denied another increase proposal by the NCCI regarding minimum premiums.  Should the NCCI wish to continue to pursue its request, it will need to re-file. …

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