Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) News

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 …

Florida Workers’ Comp Rates to Decrease by Double-Digits in 2019

Florida workers’ compensation rates are going down again next year, the third decrease in the two years since significant Florida Supreme Court decisions created concern and uncertainty over future of the state’s workers’ comp system. According to an order from …

Regulators, Industry Seek to Keep Florida AOB Abuse In Check After Michael

In an effort to keep the Florida assignment of benefits (AOB) crisis from further worsening in the state, Florida’s insurance industry, regulators and consumer advocates are on high alert for AOB activity in the wake of Hurricane Michael and working …

Florida Orders Insurers to Halt Rate Hikes; Sets Up Hurricane Michael Claims Village

Florida’s insurance regulator has issued an emergency order that ensures “additional protections” to Florida policyholders – including freezing any rate hikes for 90 days – to support recovery efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. The order by Florida Insurance …

NCCI Proposes 13% Rate Decrease for Florida Workers Comp, Notes Future Challenges

Florida businesses could see another significant rate decrease in workers’ compensation rates next year if Florida regulators approve the latest filing from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). But the recent trend of lower rates may not last for …

Security First Insurance Co. Enters Florida’s Growing Private Flood Market

A new carrier has entered the Florida flood insurance market with a policy it says will provide better coverage than what is available from the National Flood Insurance Program. Ormond Beach, Fla.-based Security First Insurance Co. has launched an optional …

How the Florida Insurance Industry Hopes to Rein In AOB Crisis

“I think the number one thing the insurance industry can do is link AOB (assignment of benefits) to the impact that it’s having on the individual consumer and the huge impact it’s having on the premiums that the consumer’s paying,” …

Florida’s Citizens Approves Changes to Managed Repair Program to Stem AOB Abuse

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has approved a slate of policy language changes designed to protect consumers while addressing rising costs of nonweather water loss claims and related litigation that continue to drive premiums higher, according to a statement from the …

Florida AOB Reform Efforts Fail Again as Parkland Tragedy Derails Legislative Session

With over 900 items on the Florida legislative docket and only 60 days to consider them, it’s not surprising that many bills simply die in committee or are never seriously considered. Add to that a tragic event right in the …

Attorney, Vendor AOB Lawsuits Top Insurance Litigation in 2017: FJRI Report

Litigation from the abuse of assignment of benefits by third parties represented more than half of all Florida insurance litigation in 2017, and without a legislative fix those fueling the abuse will continue to get rich at the expense of …