Barry Gilway


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Fort Lauderdale & South Florida should be concerned as the Cat fund has 17 Billion or so, why would this be needed unless the State has other Financial issues to deal with?

With hurricane season barreling down on Florida, the state is seizing on low interest rates to borrow $2.25 billion for its catastrophe insurance fund.

The State Board of Administration Finance Corp. is joining state and local governments that have rushed to sell bonds since yields tumbled this year to the lowest in decades. While rates have edged up over the past three weeks, benchmark 10-year debt is still yielding only about 0.8%, matching the lows seen before the pandemic upended financial markets in March.

“The market has been extraordinarily strong on the demand side and interest rates are very low — those two things don’t normally go hand and glove,” Ben Watkins, Florida’s director of bond finance, said in an interview. “From an historical perspective, this is an extraordinary opportunity.”

The pace of debt sales surged as rates tumbled in July, with the volume of new municipal bond offerings jumping 58% from a year earlier to about $46 billion that month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Even with the uptick in rates since then, sales have stayed strong, with another $41 billion issued this month.

The offering will be the first since 2016 by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, which acts as a backstop for the state’s insurance market.

The move to shore up the fund comes as scientists anticipate that climate change will cause more damaging hurricanes.

The Florida fund is estimated to incur total losses of about $8 billion from Hurricanes Irma and Michael, which hit the state in 2017 and 2018, respectively, according to projections as of June 30.

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Florida’s state-run insurer Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will extend its moratorium on cancellations and nonrenewals until the end of 2020 despite saying earlier this month it would resume processing them on Aug. 15.

The decision comes after Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis urged the insurer not to cancel customer policies during hurricane season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hurricane season is just beginning to heat up and we are in the middle of an unprecedented health and economic crisis. This is not the time to cancel Citizens’ home insurance policies,” Patronis said in a public statement released by his office, the Florida Department of Financial Services, on July 24.

The insurer originally announced in an agent bulletin July 9 that it would resume the processing of cancellations and nonrenewals beginning Aug. 15, 2020, after imposing a moratorium in March to address a significant uptick in the percentage of premiums not paid by the due date.

Citizens reported that figure has since fallen to pre-COVID-19 levels, and now stands at 7.5%.

Patronis noted that what policyholders owe must still be paid, “but cancelling their policies during hurricane season should not be an option.”

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/07/28/577046.htm

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The Fla.-owned insurer wrote to customers who haven’t made payments due to COVID-19 that they must pay all money owed by Aug. 15 or face cancellation.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s state-run insurer of last resort says it’s time to pay up.

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. customers who have been unable to make their homeowner insurance payments because of a COVID-19-related hardship will have to come up with a way to fulfill their obligations or face cancellation after Aug. 15, the company said in letters sent to agents and customers this month.

As of July 17, 13,063 Citizens customers – about 7.5% of the company’s 481,000 policies – were past due, according to the company. They include 8,107 whose policies were renewed with no down payment since March, leaving customers owing hundreds if not thousands of past-due dollars.

Some agents worry that continued high rates of unemployment will prevent many of those homeowners from resuming making payments next month, causing them to lose their insurance just as the worst part of the hurricane season approaches.

Homeowners with mortgages would then face having their lender force-place an insurance policy, a more costly option which would increase the debt and possibly lead to foreclosure. Homeowners without mortgages would bear the cost of their own repairs – if they could afford it.

Making matters worse, the resumption of cancellations and nonrenewals comes amid skyrocketing renewal rates – a result of heightened hurricane activity, claims fraud and rising costs for insurance that insurers must buy.

“Payments have been deferred and people are still not working. How are they going to pay?” asks Dulce Suarez-Resnick, vice president of NCF Insurance Associates in Miami. “We all thought this pandemic was going to last two or three months. But it’s been much longer and we don’t know when it’s going to end.”

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Citizens originally stopped these processes on March 27 “to ease the burden for policyholders” due to the impact of the COVID-19 health risk.

The insurer said direct-billed customers with past-due premium accounts must make a payment to avoid cancellation by August 15. For policyholders who are unable to pay their past-due amount, Citizens will allow them to make a payment arrangement. This option is available only to COVID-affected policyholders with past-due balances, and they must contact Citizens by August 15 to initiate the arrangement.

Payment arrangement options are not available for new business or current policyholders who have less than three months remaining in their policy term.

Citizens said it would immediately email impacted agents and provide policy lists and details regarding payment options, as well as mail/e-mail eligible past-due policyholders with payment options and related information. It will also contact via mail or e-mail ineligible policyholders with information that their policy will cancel if payment is not received by August 15.

If a customer’s coverage is no longer is needed, agents should cancel it in PolicyCenter as soon as possible, Citizens said.

Additionally, Citizens has developed special payment arrangements for eligible policyholders affected by COVID-19. Specific details are available on its website. The special payment arrangement will divide the past-due amount evenly by the number of months left in the term. The option is available for its commercial and personal lines products, except for new business or for current policyholders who have less than three months remaining on their policy term.

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Florida’s state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has joined a chorus of insurance companies accusing the Strems Law Firm of lawsuit abuse. Citizens says it has lost millions of dollars due to an alleged scheme of “sham” claims by the law firm, a public adjusting company and restoration company.

Citizens also alleges a “pattern of racketeering activity in violation of [the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] RICO.”

The allegations came in a civil complaint filed against Fort Lauderdale-based The Strems Law Firm; attorney Scot Strems; public adjuster Guillermo Saavedra and his public adjusting firm Contender Claims Consultants (CCC) of South Miami; and All Insurance Restoration Services (AIRS) of Miami, its president Cesar I. Guerrero, and its operations manager Derek Parsons.

“This lawsuit is about what we contend are concerted actions by the defendants to abuse the claims process for their own gain, and to the detriment of both Citizens and our policyholders,” Citizens Spokesperson Michael Peltier told Insurance Journal. “These abuses have made it virtually impossible for Citizens to handle claims efficiently and effectively. We believe we had no choice but to file this suit to address the costs of these abuses that are shouldered by all Citizens policyholders through higher premiums.”

Citizens filed the complaint in the Second Judicial Circuit Court for Leon County, Fla., on June 16. The 26-page document details Citizens’ allegations of how Strems, his firm, CCC and AIRS acted individually and in concert to defraud the insurer into paying for “sham first-party property insurance claims.”

Representatives for Strems, CCC and AIRS did not return Insurance Journal’s request for comment on Citizens’ allegations.

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/06/22/572946.htm

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It has been two months since COVID-19 began to turn the U.S. economy upside down. Suffering massive losses due to the damage caused by coronavirus, businesses have quickly turned to their insurance companies for assistance.

Unfortunately, most have been stonewalled by two party-line arguments from their insurance companies: That COVID-19 does not cause the “damage” needed to trigger coverage and that viruses like COVID-19 are excluded causes of loss anyway.

Fortunately for policyholders, the analysis is rarely so simple. The unprecedented breadth of damage caused by COVID-19 has already spawned unique fact patterns and novel policy interpretation questions.

As the pandemic develops and insurance companies refine their denial arguments, the battle lines will be drawn. At present, however, there are as many questions as there are answers.

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Nicholas Maxwell, attorney, Anderson Kill

Even for policyholders without communicable disease coverage extensions and with contamination exclusions listing “virus,” coverage may still be available.

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COVID-19 and Business Interruption: Some Losses Are Covered and Here’s Why

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If your carrier is experiencing 100% or more from claims last year, then expect huge rate hikes this year. Not counting Reinsurance hikes this summer, rates could jump 30-40% for the next 2 years!!! Do you need to shop your Insurance, Home, Auto, Life or Long Term Care, I can help you understand and shop rates, premiums, coverages or the lack thereof.

The long-awaited Demotech rating decisions for Florida domestic carriers are in, with many carriers having satisfied necessary steps to avoid ratings downgrades by the financial analysis firm.

After affirming a slew of companies in mid-March, Demotech announced April 2 that the remaining carriers that had yet to be decided were affirmed (see chart) because of enhancements to their business models

On March 30, Demotech affirmed the ‘A’ financial stability ratings of the following companies: Avatar Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Centauri Specialty Insurance Co., Cypress Property & Casualty, Safepoint Insurance Co., and Tower Hill Signature Insurance Co. Also affirmed were Tower Hill Select Insurance Co. and Omega Insurance Co., after their merger into Tower Hill Signature was approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation on March 25.

Since Demotech sounded the alarm in January that as many as 18 Florida carriers could see downgrades due to deteriorating insurance market conditions in the state, the ratings firm said several actions have been taken: one company was downgraded, one company was acquired by a carrier with an FSR of A; five companies were merged into carriers with FSRs of A, and an additional nine companies enhanced their business models.

The specific actions include:

  • Anchor P&C Assigned an FSR of M – ceased operations
  • Anchor Specialty FSR of A – Acquired by insurer with FSR of A
  • Omega FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Tower Hill Select FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Cypress TX FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Prepared FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A

Demotech said other carriers “aggressively enhanced the capability of their business models to respond to the anticipated continuation of jurisdictional and weather-related challenges, the substantial increase in reinsurance costs during 2019, the likely increase in the cost of reinsurance in 2020, and the cost of the Rapid Cash Buildup Program of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.”

Those companies include:

  • Centauri Specialty FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Centauri National FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Safepoint FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Gulfstream P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Avatar P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Capitol Preferred FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Security First FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Tower Hill Signature FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Cypress P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced

“Our view of Florida’s current residential property insurance marketplace is that the numerous financial and market based criteria that affect Florida residential property insurance have never been more difficult for carriers to navigate since we first rated Florida focused carriers in 1996. The marketplace as well as carrier-specific financial metrics drove the need to consider downgrades,” Demotech said in an April 2 report on its ratings decisions.

The ratings firm said it asked certain Florida insurers to provide projections of their year-end 2019 financials immediately after it finished reviewing third quarter results in November last year. At that time, it also asked those insurers to answer two questions based on the following Florida-specific circumstances: 1. the lingering impact of the judicial activism of the past; 2. the litany of named weather events; 3. increases in the cost of reinsurance, and 4. the specter of additional increases in the cost of reinsurance in 2020.

The questions posed to companies were:

  • Will you continue to be focused on residential property insurance in Florida?
  • If so, based upon the conditions in the marketplace and the operating results that will emanate from those conditions, how will you revise your business model, or otherwise position your company, to combat more of those same conditions in the future?

Demotech said carrier responses used to make ratings decisions included documentation of the company’s jurisdictional diversification, voluntary runoff, marketing existing books of business to other carriers, merging affiliates, or securing assistance.

“The management teams of these carriers have fought the conditions in the most difficult operating jurisdiction in the country to a draw,” the Demotech statement says. “They have addressed the needs of policyholders, investigated and settled claims, paid their employees, producers, and reinsurers, met with us, negotiated with reinsurers for their 2020 programs, and filed timely financial statements in an orderly manner.”

Demotech said it reviewed public and private financial information of companies, including:

  • Managing general agency contract and financial statements, when necessary
  • Holding company financial statements, when necessary
  • Actuarial reports and documents containing appreciably more detail than the actuarial opinion letter, which is a public document
  • Independent audits
  • Anticipated operating results in the form of pro forma financials in a prescribed format
  • Claims adjusting details and reports
  • Litigation services
  • Asset and investment management contracts
  • Disaster recovery plan
  • Catastrophe response plans
  • Catastrophe modelling output
  • A preliminary review of horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs
  • A final review of horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs
  • Review of rate level indications
  • Personal financial statements of key financial supporters.
  • On-site meetings with reinsurers
  • On-site meetings with companies\

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So many issues of Property coverage, claims, who will pay, Timeframes, and so much more. Please click on the link below and know what to watch out for.

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/01/16/555028.htm

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This is so Important to read as so many will be affected and the news will break un just 3 weeks .

The rating agency responsible for assigning financial stability ratings (FSR) to more than 40 Florida domestic insurers has warned that several carriers will receive downgrades due to deteriorating conditions in the state’s property insurance market, and more than a dozen more could be downgraded in the next few months.

In a letter dated Dec. 20, 2019 that was forwarded to Insurance Journal, Demotech President Joe Petrelli warned Barry Gilway, head of state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp., that Gilway’s hoped-for shrinking of Citizens’ policy count might be “more difficult than expected as Demotech would be downgrading several carriers in January, February and March 2020.”

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As a board member of the MAAC committee in Florida for Citizens Insurance, I can conform this for sure. On top of all of the other carriers also trying to reduce exposure and cut the middle markets, where will people go to get Insurance coverage especially here in S. Florida. I work with Chaisteli Insurance for Property Coverage and together we  can offer help and be sure you understand all options.

 

Florida’s insurer of last resort Citizens Property Insurance Corporation will make shrinking its policyholder count a priority next year, despite potential headwinds that may come from Florida domestic carriers raising rates and restricting coverage.

Prompted by a request from Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes, the company announced at its December Board of Governors meeting that it will again seek input from independent evaluators to determine if there are exposure reduction or depopulation opportunities that can be identified for Citizens to further reduce its overall exposure and financial impact on the state.

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