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State of Florida CFO Issues Letter to Travel Insurance Companies and Agents Concerning COVID-19
April 02, 2020
On March 16, 2020, Florida State CFO Patronis issued a letter to travel insurance agents and insurers to make them aware of the Department of Financial Services’ heightened focus of travel insurance claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter also noted that it is important that travel insurers and agents not erect arbitrary hurdles on consumers to slow or reduce the rightful payment of claims and that when receiving valid claims with reasonable justifications, process claims promptly.
FL CFO Letter
Office of Insurance Regulation Issued Informational Memorandum on Grace Periods and Other Measures to Address COVID-19
April 02, 2020
On March 25, 2020, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-04M to all regulated entities encouraging them to only consider cancellation of policies if all possible efforts to work with consumers to continue coverage have been exhausted.
Insurers were also encouraged to allow insureds to temporarily utilize their personal automobile for commercial use, provided that such use is limited to the duration of the emergency orders.
Because in-person inspections of insured property are uncertain, insurers are encouraged to explore virtual options for underwriting and adjusting claims in lieu of in-person property inspections and for premium audits of employers’ records.
FL Informational Memorandum OIR-20-04M
FLORIDA GOVERNOR ISSUES ORDER DEEMING INSURANCE SERVICES TO BE ESSENTIAL
April 17, 2020
On April 1, 2020 the Florida governor issued Executive Order 2020-91 citing the federal government guidance and deems insurance to be essential.
FL Executive Order 2020-91
OFFICE OF INSURANCE REGULATION ISSUED MEMORANDUM CONCERNING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND HEALTH WORKERS/FIRST RESPONDERS
April 24, 2020
On April 6, 2020, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-05M to workers’ compensation insurers confirming that first responders, health care workers and others that contract COVID-19 due to work-related exposure are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
FL Informational Memorandum OIR-20-05M