Florida Citizens News

Commercial Rates in Florida’s Citizens Going Up 3.3%

Rates for the almost 100,000 commercial property risks insured by Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will rise an average 3.3 percent next February. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved the increase, which is less that the average …

Florida Frets That With Proposed Rate Cut, Citizens Could Be Too Competitive

Florida’s state-backed property insurer’s proposed rate reduction is raising questions about whether it will make the insurer competitive with the private market. Citizens Property Insurance Corp. recently proposed 2015 rates that include a statewide average 2.9 percent rate decrease on …

Surplus Lines Insurers Could Pick Up Citizens Policies Under Senate Bill

Homeowners seeking coverage from Citizens Property Insurance could wind up getting policies from out-of-state insurers that are exempt from many of the state regulations other insurers must honor. The Florida Senate on Friday voted 22-16 for a property insurance bill …

Carriers Being Selective with Florida’s Citizens Clearinghouse Agency Appointments

Florida’s state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. says the initial opening of its new web-based clearinghouse designed to make it easier for private insurers to write its policies has been promising, although the number of policies removed by insurers has been …

Florida’s Citizens Delays Launch of Clearinghouse

Florida’s state-backed property insurer officials announced they are delaying the launch of a new web-based clearinghouse in order to ensure it is working efficiently and to allow more private insurers to participate. Citizens Property Insurance President Barry Gilway told state …

Florida’s Citizens Increasing Rates on Some Commercial Policies

Florida regulators have approved a first round of rate changes for the state-backed property insurer that include an 8.3 percent increase in condominium association multiperil policies. Citizens Property Insurance Corp. was also granted an 8.6 percent increase in rates for …

Florida’s Citizens Makes Case for Homeowners, Sinkhole Rate Increases

Florida’s state-backed property insurer is seeking a statewide average 6.6 percent increase in homeowners’ rates and a 24.8 percent increase in sinkhole rates while citing reduced losses and an improved financial position. Citizens Property Insurance Corp., which insurers 1.2 million …

Florida Lawmakers OK Clearinghouse for Citizens Business; Agents Face Changes

Florida lawmakers approved legislation that seeks to slow the growth of the state-backed property insurer by diverting new policies into the private market while largely retaining the status quo for the insurer’s current 1.27 million policyholders. By an overwhelming margin …

Florida Senate Panel OKs Gilway as Citizens President

A Florida Senate committee unanimously confirmed Barry Gilway’s appointment as president of the state-backed insurer Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The rare legislative oversight of the Citizens leadership appointment came almost 10 months after the board of Citizens hired Gilway to …

Florida Looks to Restructure Its Hurricane Fund; Federal Option Proposed

Florida lawmakers are poised to consider restructuring the state-run property reinsurance facility by possibly lowering its mandatory annual capacity by billions due to concerns that one major storm could exhaust its resources and leave insurers without further coverage. The Florida …