Armenian Genocide suit dismissed, life insurance claims denied

Mon Mar 12th, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

Florida has seen its share of disputes over Holocaust-era life insurance claims. The cases stemmed from sales of life insurance policies to individuals of certain ethnic groups — Jews, for the most part — who subsequently died at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. When surviving family members contacted them, though, the insurance companies denied the claims.

Legislature may tweak Citizens assessments – part 3

Fri Mar 9th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

We are finishing up our discussion of the Florida Legislature’s efforts to revamp Citizens Property Insurance Corp. It seems as if a week hasn’t gone by that the Legislature or a regulatory agency hasn’t put forward one proposal or another. It also seems as if the only thing anyone agrees on is that the state-run insurance company must change if it is to remain viable.

Legislature may tweak Citizens assessments – part 2

Sun Mar 4th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

The prospect of a major storm has weighed heavily on Florida’s lawmakers and insurance regulators. After the 2005 hurricane season, a number of companies in the state that offered homeowners insurance closed their doors. Private insurers have been loath to return, and homeowners have been left with one choice: Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The state-run company has grown exponentially over the past few years; the carrier that was supposed to be the last-resort for Floridians now boasts about 1.5 million policyholders.

Legislature may tweak Citizens assessments – in policyholders’ favor

Thu Mar 1st, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

Lawmakers promised to revamp Citizens Property Insurance Corp., and it looks as if they could make good on that promise this year. Citizens, Florida’s insurer of last resort, is currently allowed to recover a deficit by assessing policyholders — Florida residents — up to 15 percent of premium for each fund that falls behind. If the personal lines account, the commercial lines account and the coastal account all had a deficit, a Floridian could see an assessment of 45 percent of his or her premium.

Florida homeowners: private insurers inflate replacement costs

Mon Feb 27th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

Florida homeowners have started to dread receiving their homeowners’ insurance bill. One homeowner in Florida was shocked to see that his homeowners’ insurance company increased his total replacement cost value of his home by $57,000 in one year. The homeowners’ insurance value is almost double what it would take to rebuild this two-bedroom, 950 square foot house.

Study confirms that flood insurance program needs reform, p. 2

Thu Feb 23rd, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

Florida’s insurance market has long been a lively topic of discussion among legislators and policymakers. Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has struggled to stay viable and to revert to its intended role as property insurer of last resort. At the same time, Congress has been casting about, trying to figure out what to do about the National Flood Insurance Program.

Study confirms that flood insurance program needs reform, p. 1

Sat Feb 18th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

President Obama reauthorized the National Flood Insurance Program in January, for what seems to be the hundredth time in recent years. In Congress, a long-term NFIP reauthorization bill passed by the House last summer languishes in the Senate, in spite of the efforts of a bipartisan group of senators. The 41 lawmakers recently sent a letter to Senate leadership urging them to make the insurance program a priority.

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