Apr 12, 2021
Contact your lawmakers to make sure your voice is heard.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – A rapid increase in litigation cases against insurance companies and in Assignment of Benefits repair scams in Florida are affecting the insurance market. For some, this means skyrocketing premiums and skinnied-down coverages. For others, it means seeking coverage from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. In 2020 alone, Citizens, the state’s insurer of last resort, added more than 100,000 policies to its book—a 23% increase.
While no piece of legislation is perfect, we applaud the Florida Senate for passing a bill that boldly addresses all of the underlying causes of Florida’s insurance crisis.
At the same time the Senate was debating SB 76, a similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives (HB 305). In mid-March, the House sponsor amended HB 305 by removing some of the most crucial provisions.
As reported by Insurance Journal: “The bill substitute no longer includes language authorizing insurers to offer limited roof coverage for homeowners policies through a roof surface reimbursement schedule, nor the attorney fee contingency risk multiplier provision that the industry has said is essential to fixing the problems in the market.”
Without legislative action, the Homeowners insurance market will continue to decline, premium costs will continue to rise and insurers will be pushed into insolvency, hurting all of us.
Unless the House of Representatives reconsiders its decision to remove necessary provisions in HB 305, the current legislative session will end either:
(a) without any final legislative action, or
(b) with the passage of law that encourages the high costs of litigation and the inability for carriers to sustainably offer Floridians Homeowners insurance that includes roof coverage.
The current legislative session ends in 18 days. Getting involved only takes a few minutes of your time.
We encourage you to r each out to your state legislators today and share your frustration with the challenges in the insurance market this year.
The more we make our voices heard, the more likely we are to get the industry reform that Floridians deserve.
Ask your representative to demand that the recent amendment to HB 305 be reconsidered, and to support adoption of SB 76 or a House bill substantially similar to HB 305 in its original form, which contains measures designed to address rampant litigation costs and the structural challenges to the roofing insurance market.
Tell your family and friends about the cause--if they live in Florida, this affects their coverages and premiums, too.
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