‘Turtle’ settlement slows construction, flood insurance

Tue Feb 1st, 2011 on     Insurance Claims,    

A settlement between environmental groups and the Federal Emergency Management Agency should put the brakes on development in Florida’s hurricane-vulnerable coastal areas, according to the organizations. In their lawsuit against the federal agency, the National Wildlife Federation and Florida Wildlife Federation had alleged that managers at FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program failed to study specific environmental impacts of coastal developments before approving flood insurance.

Proposed legislation targets auto insurance, PIP payments

Wed Jan 26th, 2011 on     Insurance Claims,    

The Florida Legislature is once again considering changes to the state’s no-fault auto insurance law. The focus of at least one proposal is limiting attorney fees in personal injury protection (PIP) suits. Insurance companies say the current law encourages high lawyer fees in even low-value injury suits. Personal injury attorneys counter that the measure will limit accident victims’ ability to go to court to demand their benefits.

Study: Up to 50% of Americans Have Pre-Existing Conditions

Fri Jan 21st, 2011 on     Health Insurance,    

If nothing else, the health care debate has produced some interesting studies. The most recent, released this week, zeroes in on pre-existing conditions. A pre-existing condition is defined as a health condition that exists before a person submits an application for health insurance. In truth, it is one of a list of health problems that require elevated levels of care, either acute or chronic. Insurers are notorious for denying or limiting coverage because of a pre-existing condition — and, of course, because of the costs associated with the condition.

Citizens Adds Customers, Warns of Assessments

Wed Jan 12th, 2011 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

Citizens Property Insurance, Florida’s state-run insurance company, reports that 200,000 new customers have signed on this year, bringing the total number of insureds to 1.3 million. These customers represent about $457 million in property coverage, or approximately 18 percent of Florida’s total property insurance coverage.

Senate Committee Reports on Sinkhole Coverage

Thu Jan 6th, 2011 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

Florida’s property insurance companies filed for significant rate increases last year, most citing sinkhole claims as their rationale. Homeowners are skeptical that the sinkholes are at the bottom of the issue. The issue made it to the legislature, and the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee released a report this week that is likely to continue, rather than resolve, the controversy.

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