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Health insurance is costly, but not dependable: Why?

Thu Feb 16th, 2012 on     Health Insurance,    

Tell anyone in Miami that health care insurance is expensive and he or she will respond “Tell me something I don’t know.” That’s why it is extremely frustrating for people when they experience problems with their insurance, like a denied claim. Understandably, they feel they have been paying a lot for this protection and do not understand why it is not there for them when they need it.

Is PIP reform coming to Florida? (Part II)

Mon Feb 13th, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

Yesterday we discussed legislation involving auto insurance reform. Some lawmakers want to reform Florida’s no-fault auto insurance law in order to protect insurance companies from bad faith insurance litigation. There is still much debate on whether reform is needed and what form any legislation should take. It is also unclear whether any of the proposed bills would eliminate the need for auto insurance litigation, which is necessary for many policyholders to enforce their rights against unscrupulous insurance companies seeking to cut costs.

Is PIP reform coming to Florida?

Sun Feb 12th, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

In our last post we discussed legislation tackling bad faith insurance litigation reform. Bad faith insurance litigation is not the only insurance topic to make it into this legislative session. The state insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty believes that this will be the year that lawmakers finally make reforms to Florida’s no-fault auto insurance law.

Florida signs on to death benefit settlement

Sat Feb 11th, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

Florida is one of seven states to sign a settlement with Prudential Financial in a death benefits dispute. The multi-state investigation into the insurance industry’s treatment of unpaid life insurance benefits began last May. The settlement requires Prudential, the second-largest life insurer in the country, to institute procedural changes and to pay $17 million to the states to fund compliance monitoring.

Foreclosure investigation creeps into homeowners market, p. 3

Fri Feb 3rd, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

We are wrapping up our discussion of homeowners insurance and lenders’ foreclosure practices. Homeowners in Florida have fallen victim to questionable foreclosure practices, and the media has covered those at length. What distressed homeowners may not realize is that their lenders may also have foisted a homeowners insurance policy on them that was a little questionable, too.

Foreclosure investigation creeps into homeowners insurance market

Thu Jan 26th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

The foreclosure crisis hit Florida pretty hard, and the state has seen its fair share of news stories about banks’ sloppy documentation practices and robo-signing scandals. Regulators, consumer advocates and consumers themselves have taken mortgage companies to task for predatory lending, too. One state is pursuing banks for yet another questionable practice, this one involving homeowners insurance.

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