This past week, I watched as The Florida Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance gathered for its first meeting ahead of the 2022 session. David Altmaier, commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, and Tasha Carter, Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate, presented a bleak picture of Florida’s insurance marketplace to the committee. While it’s too soon to measure the impact that legislation passed earlier this year will have on healing the market, there is one thing that’s certain – Florida homeowners are hurting. “Consumers are on life support right now,” remarked Carter, when asked by Senator Jeff Brandes how soon Florida’s homeowners would feel the more dire effects of our state’s troubled insurance market. Fraudulent contractor solicitation is a real problem that harms homeowners and has resulted in higher insurance premiums and fewer coverage options. 

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