Articles by Amy O'Connor

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

Citizens to Request 8.2% Rate Increase from Florida Regulators

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will file for a statewide average increase of 8.2 percent for personal lines policyholders – homeowners, condominium owners and renters. The Florida insurer of last resort’s Board of Governors on Wednesday approved a 2019 rate package …

2 Tornadoes Cause Damage in Alabama

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Alabama last weekend. The emergency management director for Dothan and Houston County, Chris Judah, says a weak twister hit Dothan early Sunday. Judah tells the Dothan …

Florida Insurance Agents Improvise to Stay Connected During Hurricane Michael Recovery

The page has finally turned on the tumultuous 2018 hurricane season, but for the agents who live and work in the Florida Panhandle the story isn’t over – personally or professionally. “We all still feel like we’re in hurricane mode …

Florida CFO: Insurers Must Step Up Hurricane Michael Response

Citing a “troubling” number of Hurricane Michael-related consumer complaints and claims denials, Florida’s top financial regulator is urging insurers to respond more quickly and adequately to consumers recovering from the major storm that devastated the Florida Panhandle in October. Florida …

Beck to Become Next Georgia Insurance Commissioner

Georgia Republican and former deputy insurance commissioner Jim Beck has been elected as the state’s next insurance commissioner, according to final election results. In a close race against insurance agent Janice Laws in the state election to replace Georgia Insurance …

Florida CFO: Insurers Must Step Up Response to Hurricane Michael Claims

Citing a “troubling” number of Hurricane Michael-related consumer complaints and claims denials, Florida’s top financial regulator is urging insurers to respond more quickly and adequately to consumers recovering from the major storm that devastated the Florida Panhandle in October. Florida …

Florida Picks Up the Pieces from Powerful Hurricane Michael

It has been just over a month since Hurricane Michael slammed the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds reaching just shy of Category 5 status. The devastation from the storm that killed at least 35 people …

Florida Approves 13.8% Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease

A revised workers compensation rate filing for a 13.8 percent decrease by the National Council on Compensation Insurance has been approved by Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier. The amended filing to NCCI’s August rate request of 13. 4 percent was …

Patrick Ryan Hails Program Business Amid Retail Consolidation, Moves Toward MGAs

Insurance industry trailblazer Patrick Ryan thinks the insurance program business could be headed for interesting times given recent consolidation in the retail insurance agency sector, an influx of capital and the recent purchase of a large program manager by American …

Beck Holds Narrow Lead Over Laws in Georgia Insurance Commissioner Race

The race for the next Georgia Insurance Commissioner was too close to call Wednesday morning, according to local media outlets in the state. Republican and former deputy insurance commissioner Jim Beck had a slight lead over Democrat and insurance agent …