Governor Buried in E-mails About Insurance Crisis

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

If Florida’s insurance blues have gotten you down, you’re not alone. Jeb Bush is getting buried in e-mails from home and business owners caught up in Florida’s insurance crisis.

We take a closer look at what people are telling the governor about their insurance woes.

Angry home and business owners who’ve been emailing the governor about the lack of affordable or even available insurance are definitely getting Jeb Bush’s attention.

“People are in constant communication with me, I can guarantee you. That is probably the number one short-term challenge our state faces.”

We asked to see some of those emails, and here’s a sampling. Fred Philp’s premium more than doubled to 22-hundred dollars a year. Mary Bastien’s premium soared to 32-hundred when a company called First Home bought her policy from Citizens. And Angela Milan’s mother in Pasco County called her in tears with a 53-hundred dollar premium that may cost her her home.

And it’s not just homeowners. Barbara Hunter of Fort Walton Beach writes her business insurance policy was cancelled out of the blue and no other companies will write her windstorm coverage. Now she and her husband are afraid they’ll lose their small business and everything they’ve worked all their lives for.

Some e-mails offer ideas. Donna Filpi of Shalimar says ‘how about a federal tax deduction for insurance premiums?’

The governor says he’s open to suggestions.

“Frankly I think right now, the approach ought to be take everybody’s idea, and put ‘em on the table and vet them because this is a serious problem.”

The only solution for some home and business owners may be to leave Florida.

The state Office of Insurance Regulation wants to hear from business owners who are having problems paying for or getting commercial insurance.

Log onto and click on hot topics. You’ll see a link to an online survey you can fill out with specific concerns and suggestions.

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