Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Gets Third Degree On Insurance Claims

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who oversees insurance regulation in the state, faced tough questioning Tuesday over the thousands of unpaid still lingering after Hurricane Michael and other storms. The Panhandle Republican spoke before reporters at the Associated Press’ Legislative Planning Session, held before each year’s Legislative Session. After choking up over the damage in his native Bay County, Patronis got into testy exchanges over how much he was actually doing to help push insurers to more speedily get money to policyholders in need, including those whose homes still need repair. That spilled over into an impromptu question-and-answer gaggle with a handful of reporters outside the meeting room, when he was asked what legislative proposals he would put forth to help thousands of Floridians needing help. “At the end of the day, there is no reason why a policyholder should have to deal with seven different adjusters,” he said. “And when you still have 16,000 open, nobody’s doing OK.”
Source: The Claims Page – USA Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Gets Third Degree On Insurance Claims

Utahn Reports Truck Stolen After Losing It While Drunk

A local man is in jail for allegedly filing a false insurance claim after losing his truck while intoxicated. Joseph Michael Harrington, 41, of Washington City, faces one second-degree felony count of filing a false or fraudulent insurance claim, along with two misdemeanor charges for providing a written false statement and for reporting a fraudulent emergency to police, fire or medical, according to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest. The incident began on Oct. 5 when St. George Police officers were dispatched to one of the lookouts on Red Hills Parkway near 900 East shortly after 1 a.m. on a report of a carjacking involving a Toyota Tundra. At the time of the incident, the man told police he had been sitting in his pickup when an unknown person hit him over the head with a rock before taking his vehicle. He provided vague details of the incident in the report later filed with police.
Source: The Page – USA Utahn Reports Truck Stolen After Losing It While Drunk

Insurers Refuse To Inhale The Liability Risk Of Vaping

It’s hard to believe it today, but cigarettes were once lauded as a good thing. “Give your throat a vacation,” one 1930s advertisement reads. “Smoke a FRESH cigarette.” For the first half of the 2oth century, cigarette manufacturers flourished. Then, in 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued a definitive report that linked smoking cigarettes with lung cancer. Everything changed. Not overnight, of course, but over the course of the next 50 to 60 years, cigarette smoking has waned with only 14% of the population considered regular smokers. Health risks are printed on the label. Images of disease-ridden smokers are plastered across boxes. We, as a society, know the risks. But now we have e-cigarettes.
Source: The Page – USA Insurers Refuse To Inhale The Liability Risk Of Vaping