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Florida Insurance Rates 2021

The CHOICES tools for auto and homeowners insurance are based on three pre-defined model risk scenarios to provide the consumer with sample average rates in any Florida county. The CHOICES tools for both Medicare Supplement and small group health insurance are more interactive and allow the user to select options and enter specific criteria for calculation of rates for any county located in Florida.

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All rates provided in the CHOICES system are for illustrative purposes only and consumers are encouraged to contact either an insurance agent or the insurance company for a premium quote based on their individual circumstances.

FEMA is committed to building a culture of preparedness across the nation. Purchasing flood insurance is the first line of defense against flood damage and a step toward a quicker recovery following a flood.

This approach does not incorporate as many flooding variables as Risk Rating 2.0. Risk Rating 2.0 is not just a minor improvement, but a transformational leap forward. Risk Rating 2.0 enables FEMA to set rates that are fairer and ensures rate increases and decreases are both equitable.

Inflation jumped .05 percent last month to an annual rate of 6.4 percent. One of the key reasons why inflation remains stubbornly high are items like auto insurance, up nearly 15 percent over the last year.

The 2022 reemployment tax rates will be available online and by phone in early February. The Reemployment Tax Rate Notice (Form RT-20) will be mailed to employers on or before February 18, 2022. The 2022 RT tax rates will be effective for all wages paid in 2022.

Each state sets tax rates, benefit levels, and trust fund balances based on that state's needs. Each state has its own benefit trust fund account within the U.S. Treasury. In Florida, the account is funded by a tax paid by employers.

The new rate calculation for 2021 excluded all benefit charges from the second quarter of 2020 and prevented the application of the positive adjustment factor, which normally increases rates automatically if the trust fund balance is below a certain amount.

Tax rates effective January 1, 2022, excluded charges from the second, third and fourth quarters of 2020 and all benefit charges paid as a direct result of a government order to close or reduce capacity of a business due to COVID-19, as determined by the Department of Economic Opportunity. The tax rate calculation also excluded the application of the positive adjustment factor (trust fund trigger).

Tax rates effective January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2025, will exclude charges from the second, third and fourth quarters of 2020 and all benefit charges paid as a direct result of a government order to close or reduce capacity of a business due to COVID-19, as determined by the Department of Economic Opportunity. The tax rate calculation will also exclude the application of the positive adjustment factor (trust fund trigger). These changes to the tax rate calculation are repealed if the trust fund reaches $4,071,519,600 on June 1. Since the trust fund did not reach $4,071,519,600 on June 1, 2022, the tax rate changes for 2023 remain in effect.

Six insurance carriers have declared insolvency this year alone. Others have dropped customers or stopped writing new policies. As a result, the number of policyholders on the state-backed insurer of last resort, Citizens Property Insurance, has ballooned.

Now, as Floridians look to recover from an estimated tens of billions of dollars in damage caused by the Category 4 storm, some have worried that Ian could be the final straw for even more private insurers, driving up costs and sending Florida's precarious insurance market closer to catastrophe.

"The simple truth is you can't be the most hurricane-prone state and the most litigious state, and expect lower property insurance rates," said state Sen. Jeff Brandes, whose district covers part of Pinellas County in the Tampa Bay region, which avoided the worst of Ian.

Even though no hurricane made landfall on Florida in 2020 or 2021, the state's insurance industry reported net underwriting losses exceeding $1 billion each year. Even before Ian, 2022 was already projected to be the same.

The average premium for homeowners has topped $4,000 per year in five different Florida counties, mostly in the Miami and Palm Beach areas, according to a state report from July. In Monroe County, home to the Florida Keys, the average premium is $6,700. Nationally, home insurance costs about $1,600 per year on average.

A major piece of the problem in Florida is insurance litigation. "What we've been facing in Florida for many years is a man-made crisis, nothing to do with hurricanes," said Mark Friedlander, a spokesperson for III, in an NPR interview this week. "We've got a real problem on our hands here."

Insurance companies operating in Florida say they have been forced to raise rates to cover the costs of handling lawsuits. "We're all paying for that frivolous litigation," said Lisa Miller, a former deputy Florida insurance commissioner who now works as an insurance industry consultant in Tallahassee.

Because Citizens is state-backed, it is limited in its ability to increase rates and is often significantly cheaper than competitors. Private insurers say that makes it difficult to compete, especially in storm-prone ZIP codes where only a handful of insurers offer policies.

It's possible the state could see a million total claims across all types of insurance, including flood insurance, said Miller, the insurance industry consultant. (Most Florida homes affected by Ian did not have flood insurance, and there are likely to be legal disputes over whether damage was caused by wind or flood.)

If rates continue to rise by 30% or more, as they have done for many Floridians in recent years, some Florida homeowners may end up paying more for insurance than they do for their mortgage, said Brandes, the state legislator.

"You're going to price the middle class out of residential homeownership. That's just not sustainable," said Brandes, who said the cost of his own home insurance has risen about 60% in the past two years. "It is the Achilles heel of our real estate market across the state."

As a member-owned insurance company, we want our policyholders to understand what goes into determining fair rates. Some of the laws governing insurance rates in Florida are unique and strict. For example, Florida property insurers:

Just about every state has issues with each of these to some extent, but Florida is currently struggling with all of them. Combine these with fees assessed by the Florida Insurance Guarantee Association (FIGA) in October 2021 and May 2022, and you can see why Florida homeowners insurance rates are on the rise.

Fortunately, the Florida legislature passed bills to create the Reinsurance to Assist Policyholders Fund (RAP Fund) and the Florida Optional Reinsurance Program (FORA). The RAP Fund provides some reinsurance to insurers for free, but only in either 2022 or 2023. FORA, on the other hand, is an optional program that lets insurers purchase coverage at reasonable rates. However, the amount of coverage from these programs is limited.

More catastrophic claims cause reinsurance costs to rise, but they also directly impact the cost of homeowners insurance. Essentially, Florida insurance companies must price policies so that they have enough money to cover claims expected from catastrophic losses such as hurricanes.

Because Florida has the highest risk of catastrophe of any state, Florida homeowners insurance typically costs more than the national average. And unfortunately, climate change causes more severe hurricanes. This increases the chance of lots of homeowners experiencing claims all at once, forcing home insurance companies to raise rates to cover the potential claims.

In the December 2022 special session, Florida legislators passed a law that could help reduce instances of insurance fraud. Senate Bill 2A (SB 2A) prohibits the assignment of benefits signed on or after January 1, 2023.

One of the biggest factors in determining the insurance rate for an individual home is the amount of money it would take to replace that home if it were destroyed. This is currently being significantly impacted by inflation.

Finally, Florida homeowners are also being hit with an additional fee from the Florida Insurance Guarantee Association (FIGA). This is the state-sanctioned organization dedicated to protecting insurance consumers in the event an insurer is unable to meet its obligations. To do this, FIGA periodically requires its members to collect fees from their policyholders.

As we mentioned, the Florida state government is looking to make home insurance more affordable. In the meantime, there are ways for you to reduce your homeowners insurance premiums. For instance, you might want to:

Comparing rates from multiple insurance companies is also a good way to get affordable coverage. Just be sure you look at the entire offer, not just the price. Check out our guide to comparing home insurance companies for more tips.

While Ron DeSantis bails out major insurance companies and hands out billions in tax breaks to ultra-wealthy businesses, Floridians are bracing for even more exorbitant cost increases as their governor sits on his hands.

Wiglesworth said his employees work with over 40 insurance carriers to get their clients coverage for their homes. He said some clients are seeing quotes double or triple depending on their location.

The policyholder signs what's called an assignment of benefits or AOB over to the roofing company, which basically means the third party can "stand in the shoes" of the insured and seek payment directly from your insurance company.

"Now, we've created a situation where the Florida insurance market is in a very precarious position. You now have insurers that need to take drastic actions to keep operating really to stay above water to keep [their] business running," Friedlander said. 041b061a72


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