Fla. Insurance Commissioner’s order prevents insurers from cancelling or issuing non-renewals of customers’ policies until Oct. 31 in areas affected by Hurricane Idalia.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Insurance Commissioner Michael Yaworsky on Sept. 1, 2023, issued an order that will temporarily prevent property insurers from dropping customers in areas affected by Hurricane Idalia.

The order prevents insurers from canceling or issuing non-renewals of policies until Oct. 31 in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union and Wakulla counties.

Among other things, the order also addressed issues related to handling claims from Idalia.

“Given the strength and size of Hurricane Idalia, its catastrophic effect on Florida and its impact on hundreds of thousands of policyholders, the Office (of Insurance Regulation) expects all authorized insurers, surplus lines insurers and regulated entities to implement processes and procedures to facilitate the efficient payment of claims,” the order said. “This includes critically analyzing current procedures and streamlining claim payment processes as well as using the latest technological advances to provide prompt and efficient claims service to policyholders.”

Idalia made landfall Aug. 30, 2023, in Taylor County as a Category 3 hurricane after moving north through the Gulf of Mexico.

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