Behind the Insurance Price Rise

Florida’s property insurance market is nearing collapse. This crisis is not caused by the billion-dollar storms that regularly hit the state but by unscrupulous attorneys who demand excessive legal fees to litigate claims in court. These legal actions have only homeowners in the Sunshine state facing double-digit premium rate increases on property insurance policies. Much […]

ACI Applauds Proposed Reforms To Florida’s Insurance Market

The Following is a Statement from ACI’s Policy Manager and Editor Edward Longe: “ACI praises the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing two bills that will provide much-needed reform to Florida’s insurance market. The State’s insurance market is currently facing a dual crisis of catastrophic storms and insurance fraud that are making policies unaffordable for […]

Citizens’ Rate Hike Could Stabilize Florida Insurance Market

Florida’s insurance market is in dire need of reform. In a recent state legislative committee meeting, Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier describes Florida’s insurance market as being unstable and unsustainable. Here’s why: While Citizens Property Insurance was intended to be only a “last resort” insurer for homeowners who could not get coverage from private insurers, the struggling […]

North Carolina Drivers Deserve Transparency and Competitive Prices

Several years back, the American Consumer Institute conducted a survey and found that 80% of North Carolina drivers would oppose any plan that to make good drivers pay more so that risky drivers could pay less. That is not surprising, considering better drivers tend to have fewer accidents and violations, making them less risky and […]

Economic Standard: The Need to Reform the National Flood Insurance Program

For years, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which maintains a near-monopoly over the flood insurance market in the U.S. and covers more than 5 million properties nationwide, has been drowning in red ink. Without significant reforms, it will only get worse. The NFIP, which is overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was […]

COVID-19 Makes Hurricane Preparation More Urgent

2020 has been an undeniably tough year already, and the hurricane season is projected to make it even tougher for communities along America’s eastern coast. Up to six major hurricanes are predicted, rising from an average of three, between the start of June though the end of November. Against the backdrop of an economy in […]

Legal Theatrics and Florida’s Bad Faith Laws

Legal Theatrics and Florida’s Bad Faith Laws Florida’s “Bad Faith” laws applying to Insurance companies have created a shameful mockery of justice. Bad Faith laws were originally intended to make legal representation available to people with limited funds. There are two kinds of bad faith claims. Insured people may have a first-party bad faith claim […]

The Economic Standard: Florida Bill Addresses “Sue and Settle” Bad Faith Claims

A bill (SB 924) was introduced in the Florida Senate relating to third-party bad faith actions against insurers. SB 924 is a successor to a bill that was allowed to die last year. The bill is an attempt to quell ridiculous damage awards for so-called “bad faith” actions against insurers. Until the bill is enacted, […]