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Florida Insurance Chief Warns of AOB Scams as Storm Gordon Lingers Over Gulf Coast

Florida’s top insurance regulator has issued a warning to residents facing damage from Tropical Storm Gordon, the first major storm to impact the state in the 2018 Hurricane Season. Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, an outspoken critic of ongoing assignment …

CFO: Florida Workers’ Comp Carriers to Save $20M in Costs Next Year

Cost savings in two Florida funds paid into by workers’ compensation carriers are expected to equal a nearly $20 million reduction in expenses for insurers operating in the state next year, according to a statement from the Florida Department of …

Citizens to Implement New Lobbyist Registration System Aug. 1

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the Florida state-run insurer of last resort, has devised a new policy requiring lobbyists seeking to lobby the insurer to register via a new online registration system. The new corporate policy comes in response to a …

Update: Florida CFO Wants Lobbyist Registration Requirement for Citizens

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated from a previous version with comment from the CFO’s office. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis wants to see requirements put in place for those lobbying the state-run insurer of last resort, Citizens …

Florida CFO Releases List of Top 10 Most Wanted Insurance Fraudsters

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has released a top 10 list of most wanted insurance fraud criminals and called on local communities to help with finding the individuals. According to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services, …

Florida Gov Signs Bill Giving Workers’ Comp Benefits to First Responders

Florida will expand workers compensation benefits so first responders can get coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder. Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed the bill March 27 that allows firefighters, paramedics, and law-enforcement officers to get PTSD treatment even if they …

Florida Workers’ Comp Legislative Update: First Responder Benefits In, Attorney Fees Out

After two high-profile Florida Supreme Court cases threatened to significantly impact workers’ compensation rates in Florida in 2016, many insurance industry experts anticipated quick legislative action in 2017. But, because of conflicting bills in the House and Senate, the 2017 …

Florida Construction Company Owner Arrested For $1.8 Million Workers’ Comp Scam

A construction company owner in Jacksonville, Fla., has been arrested following a workers’ compensation fraud investigation, according to a report from Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Jeovane Felizardo, owner of JJF Construction Services, LLC, is accused of using various …

Florida Agents March on State Capitol in Lawmaker Push to Reform AOB

Insurance agents from across Florida marched together on the state’s capitol Wednesday to deliver a message to Florida lawmakers: It’s time for assignment of benefits (AOB) reform. Carrying signs that read “STOP AOB ABUSE,” about 125 members of the Florida …

Florida Disaster Fraud Team Investigation Leads to False Claim Arrest

A Florida man was arrested last month after he was caught lying to his insurance company in an attempt to file a false insurance claim for vehicle for damage allegedly caused by Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from Florida …