Insurance Frustration Grows in Florida Panhandle

by Ryan Banfill, FJA Communications Director It’s been a year since Hurricane Michael hit Northwest Florida. Insurance companies’ failure to close legitimate claims related to the storm has caught the attention of lawmakers as thousands of Florida property insurance policyholders are stuck in limbo. The Florida Senate Banking & Insurance Committee this week took a…

Who Pays When Insurers Control the RX Middle-Man?

by Ryan Banfill, FJA Communications Director An exposé by Bay News 9 in the Tampa Bay area shines a bright light on the role of pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs). According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, PBMs develop and maintain formularies and other clinical management programs; process prescription drug claims for insurance companies or corporations;…

How Conservative is the Big Insurance Push for State Government Control of Attorneys’ Fees?

By Ryan Banfill FJA Communications Director When President Richard Nixon enacted wage and price controls in the early 1970s, iconic conservative economist Milton Friedman cautioned that the policy would spur inflation despite creating the illusion of price stability. Friedman – who won a 1987 federal case seeking plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees – was right. Now, insurers…

Insurance Industry-Backed AOB Bill Advances to House Floor

The Florida House Judiciary Committee officially re-started the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) debate on Tuesday by passing legislation to address the issue. The insurance industry-backed measure would curb the well-established homeowners’ right to assign insurance benefits to home repair contractors, who then pursue payment for their repair work from insurance companies. The legislation – similar…

FJA Insurance Emergency Response Task Force Created to Provide Advice to Lawmakers and their Constituents

TALLAHASSEE – Responding to people’s confusion and frustration about their rights related to claims, the Florida Justice Association (FJA) today announced the creation of the FJA Insurance Emergency Response Task Force of leading insurance attorneys to assist Florida lawmakers and their constituents who have property insurance questions. “Hurricane Irma has resulted in chaos, confusion, and…