Articles by Amy O'Connor

O'Connor is the Southeast editor for Insurance Journal and associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com.

Private Insurers Cautiously Dip Toes Into Florida Flood Market Waters

Florida’s efforts in establishing a private flood insurance market have been hailed as a model by many other states looking to buff up their flood insurance offerings, as well as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to follow as lawmakers …

Report: The Southeast’s Storm Surge Risk and Florida’s Hurricane Wake-Up Call

The Southeast has seen its fair share of natural disasters and flooding in the last several years, including two hurricanes in Florida last year – the first hurricanes to hit the state in more than a decade. But none of …

Safety Lapses Blamed for Death of Kentucky Coal Miner

Federal regulators say an accident that killed a coal miner in Pike County happened because a conveyor belt didn’t have adequate safety guards. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said in its report that 43-year-old …

Florida Insurers Place All Options on Table to Address AOB Abuse

Florida’s home insurers hope the public doesn’t blame them as they implement rate increases, initiate coverage changes and nonrenew policies. They say they have no choice after the Florida Legislature for the fifth year in a row failed to address …

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Hudgens to Step Down at End of Term In 2018

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens will not seek re-election for a third term as Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, according to a statement from the Georgia Department of Insurance. In a letter to Georgians, Hudgens announced his decision, saying …

5 Southeast States Hold Coordinated Safe Driving Campaign

Police in five Southeastern states are launching a weeklong program to reduce summertime wrecks and traffic deaths. “Operation Southern Shield” started Monday in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. The campaign aims to reduce the number of drivers who …

Alera Group Acquires Group Benefits of Memphis

Alera Group – an independent insurance agency and independent employee benefits – has acquired Group Benefits LLC of Memphis, Tennessee, effective July 1. Alan Levitz, CEO of Alera, said the company’s strong middle market presence in Memphis is a significant …

Alabama, Mississippi, Florida Declared Drought Free

Alabama and Mississippi are completely free from drought for the first time in more than a year. A federal assessment released at the end of June showed rains eliminated a dry spell that began in April 2016, the last time …

Report: The Southeast’s Storm Surge Risk and Florida’s Hurricane Wake-Up Call

The Southeast has seen its fair share of natural disasters and flooding in the last several years, including two hurricanes in Florida last year – the first hurricanes to hit the state in more than a decade. But none of …

South Carolina Sets Insurer Deadline Related to New Moped Safety Law

The South Carolina Department of Insurance has set a deadline for auto insurers in the state to meet the requirements of recently passed moped safety legislation. The new moped law, which took effect July 1, amends South Carolina’s motor vehicle …