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NFIP reprieved, Florida’s flood risk should be low in 2012

Thu May 24th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

The U.S. Senate voted today to extend the National Flood Insurance Program for 60 days beyond its May 31 expiration date. The only movement toward a long-term renewal came on Wednesday, when Senate leadership and the author of an NFIP reform and long-term renewal bill agreed to “allow debate” about the measure this year. The news is likely both a relief and a major source of frustration for homeowners in Florida’s Coastal Region.

Second verse same as the first: Flood insurance debate continues

Tue May 22nd, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

The Economic Policy subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on May 9 to examine some of the issues in the area of flood insurance. With the National Flood Insurance Program currently scheduled to expire before June, some committee members called on their fellow legislators to take prompt action both to reform the program and to reauthorize it for the long haul. The program has provided important benefits and safeguards against property damage to homes in Florida and elsewhere in the country.

Baby, you can’t drive my car – it drives itself! So who’s liable?

Mon May 14th, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

A bill quietly made it through the Florida Legislature this session that poses some tricky questions for the insurance industry. Surprisingly, it is not related to property insurance or personal injury protection coverage, the two “hot button” insurance issues in the state. Rather, the new law deals with autonomous, or driverless, motor vehicles, and our question is this: If the car drives itself, is an auto insurance company obligated to defend the policyholder from a third-party lawsuit?

Citizens riles regulators, lawmakers with rate proposal

Thu May 10th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s state-backed insurance company, has re-thought the idea of increasing rates to levels higher than those allowed by law for all clients that sign at the beginning of 2013. The company has long been accused of treating homeowners insurance policyholders, among other insureds, as a number instead of people who desperately need their services.

Have we learned our lesson? Insurance carriers have, sort of (p. 5)

Tue May 8th, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

We are finishing up our discussion of what insurers and the cruise industry have learned since the Titanic went down 100 years ago. Both Titanic and the more recent Costa Concordia disaster are great illustrations of how companies set priorities. Most of this has been in the context of third-party insurance coverage, the kind of coverage companies buy to help pay for damages or injuries suffered by someone on their property.

Have we learned our lesson? Insurance carriers have, sort of (p. 4)

Sat May 5th, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

We are continuing our discussion of the Titanic, the Costa Concordia and other maritime accidents and what effect, if any, the disasters have had on the insurance and shipping industries. The Costa Concordia could very well cost more than the Exxon Valdez debacle. That doesn’t just include the damage to the ship, of course; if the crew or the cruise line is found to be at fault, the insurance company would have to pay any judgments awarded to passengers or their families.

Have we learned our lesson? Insurance carriers have, sort of (p. 3)

Thu May 3rd, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

Within days of any natural or man-made disaster, the insurance industry will start to estimate the cost of the damage. If a hurricane were to hit South Florida during the 2012 season, chances are good that within hours a headline would blare the news: “Hurricane Rocco damage could reach $2 gazillion,” or something to that effect. For the cynics out there, the headlines are just one way for property insurance companies to justify rate increases in the coming year.

Have we learned our lesson? Insurance carriers have, sort of (p. 2)

Tue May 1st, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

In the century since the Titanic sank, how much do you think has changed in the passenger cruise industry? Certainly safety measures improved — every ship has lifeboats enough for everyone on board. Still, the Costa Concordia accident gives one pause: Perhaps it’s been so long since a cruise ship went down that we have all been lulled into a false sense of security. As regulators and law enforcement scrutinize the problems with the Concordia and its Florida-based parent company, insurance companies are reevaluating their risk calculations.

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