Old timers may remember the 1976 movie, “Network”, in which a frustrated TV commentator sparks a national protest by shouting the angry refrain… “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!”
A while back a former insurance agent and friend of mine, Wilbur Jones, celebrated his 101st birthday by having dinner at one of Tallahassee’s premier downtown venues, appropriately named…the 101 Restaurant.
This morning I read the sad news that Wilbur Jones had passed away, dying of natural causes at the age of 104.
He was an unusual man to say the least. [Read more…]
No one really needs more proof that remediators of all types conspire to defraud the public. I certainly don’t. Not when it comes to Assignment of Benefits (AOB).
Even when exposed for having done so they and their attorneys will often play the blame game, so their fraud game, can continue to bring home the bacon. Blame each other, blame the policyholder. Blame it on a billing mistake that’s been corrected or a bad employee that’s been disciplined or fired.
Then…do it all over again! [Read more…]
Just FYI: while well worth reading, this blog is more of a lamentation than my usual analysis and opinion. Take it for what it’s worth.
Recall that in my immediate preceding blog I wrote of a threat I received during the Insurance Consumer Advocates (ICA) water loss forum in Boca Raton. It happened prior to my presentation, and was an obvious attempt by a trial lawyer at intimidation–specifically, “play nice” or get a “desist letter”.
In that blog I concluded we may all be playing a little too nice. [Read more…]
Hats off to Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate (ICA), Sha’Ron James!
When any public figure conducts a public meeting, especially one dealing with insurance, it’s a tightrope at best, requiring both patience and parliamentary acumen. Her decision to host a water loss forum in southeast Florida (6/14/16, Boca Raton) not only salutes her skill on the high wire, but… it shows determination to help consumers despite others who appear less inclined. [Read more…]
I’ve heard it said many times that when it comes to Assignment of Benefits… “Florida cannot regulate its’ way out of the crisis”.
Regulation, after all, hasn’t stopped bad practices for those who are already regulated. Roofers are one example. Plumbers another–they’re regulated but still accept exorbitant kickbacks in the form of referral fees and are thus complicit in, and partially responsible for, the inflation of invoices from those paying the kickbacks. [Read more…]
With less than a week to go in the 2016 legislative session AOB reform is, again, dying. There’s a small chance of something limited. Banning referral fees and kickbacks for example. But… most industry lobbyists are prepared to scuttle anything limited only to referral fee’s without reforming attorney fees and AOB. [Read more…]
After twelve years working for three governors, Florida’s tenth insurance commissioner has resigned his post effective May 2, 2016. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Attorney General Pam Bondi will struggle mightily to fill the void. Governor Scott will offer up a name and if Atwater agrees, the entire Cabinet will vote to replace the irreplaceable Kevin McCarty. [Read more…]