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Jeff Atwater offers insurance advice as hurricane season opens

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Hurricane season begins Thursday. Are you covered? Are you sure? Better take a look at your policy, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater advised Tuesday. “For a better chance of a complication-free claims process, Floridians should carefully review all insurance policies to ensure that proper coverage is in place for their home, car, and belongings,” Atwater’s office said in a press release. “Common reasons for complications include a lack of adequate insurance coverage and insufficient documentation or proof of damage,” the…

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William Large: Florida must end assignment of benefits abuse, self-serving windfalls

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A state law that was originally intended to give individual policyholders special rights in disputes with their insurance companies is instead being used by some repair vendors and their lawyers to generate a self-serving windfall. The problem is serious and growing, and it’s driving insurance costs higher and higher. The so-called “one-way attorney fee” allows a policyholder to collect their legal fees from their insurer if they win a claims dispute. But, if the policyholder loses in court, they don’t…

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Personnel note: Veteran state CIO Rob Fields joins One Eighty Consulting

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Rob Fields, chief information officer of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, is joining One Eighty Consulting, a Tallahassee-based governmental affairs consultancy firm. Fields, a 14-year-veteran of Florida state government, has been a top adviser to several senior government leaders on a variety of issues: health care, banking, insurance, motor vehicle and law enforcement. In a prepared statement Tuesday, Fields said he was “really excited” to be moving from the public to private sector. “One Eighty Consulting…

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Personnel note: DFS Comm Director Chris Cate moves to 180 Communications

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Veteran communications director Chris Cate is moving over to Tallahassee-based public relations firm 180 Communications as the new vice president of corporate communications. Cate, who most recently served as communications director for the Florida Department of Financial Services, brings over a decade of media and public relations experience. “Chris’ experience working in a newsroom and as a spokesperson on high-profile and critical issues gives him the unique skillset of someone who has covered prominent stories and successfully pitched them to…

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