Fla. makes it easier to renew insurance or submit claims


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 14, 2017 – All cancellations issued to policyholders in the days leading up to Hurricane Irma are rescinded for 90 days, under an executive order issued by Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday that directed Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to take every action authorized pursuant to Executive Order 17-235 to provide additional protections to support recovery efforts as it relates to Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida's families.

Specific protections

  • Provide an additional 90 days to policyholders to supply required information to their insurance company. Many Floridians were displaced during Hurricane Irma, and providing additional time to submit information to insurance companies gives them flexibility
  • Require all non-renewal or cancellations issued to policyholders in the days leading up to Hurricane Irma be rescinded for 90 days. This gives policyholders 90 days to either renew their insurance policy or find a new policy
  • Freeze all efforts to increase rates on policyholders for 90 days

"It is critical that Floridians have every resource available to quickly recover," Scott said. "We have been in constant contact with the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) and the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to find ways to help our state recover."

"Hurricane Irma was a storm unlike anything we have seen before, and as residents across the state travel home to assess damages to their homes and businesses, we stand ready to help with any insurance issues that arise," said Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. "Insurance can be complicated, and I'll do everything in my power to protect policyholders throughout the entire recovery process. Our team of insurance experts are standing by to take Floridians' calls at 1-877-693-5236.

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation also has additionalstorm-related materials online.

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