Florida Citizens News

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 …

Florida Lawmakers Ponder More Pricing Freedom for Property Insurer Citizens

Some Florida legislators said this week they would consider giving the state’s largest property insurer more control over its rates, including allowing the company to raise rates to bolster its ability to pay claims. Members of a key House panel …

Florida Gov. Scott Seeks Audit of Citizens Over Firings

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has asked Inspector General Melinda Miguel to investigate the recent firings of four Citizens Property Insurance Corp. employees responsible for keeping an eye on any internal wrongdoing at the state-backed insurer. In a three-paragraph letter, Scott …