Fla. Legislature May Reject Consumer Protections

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) —  Florida consumers dealing with insurance companies may not get added protection due to trouble with state legislators.

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater wants the Legislature to pass a bill that would add a “homeowner claims bill of rights.” The bill would also prohibit insurance companies from using credit information to deny a claim.

But some insurers want a separate provision that would place limits on when a homeowner can sign over to a contractor the right to collect payments from the insurance company.

The dispute is already jeopardizing the bill.

The Senate is advancing the bill without the provision sought by insurers, while the House is sticking with it. One major insurer says it can’t support Atwater’s bill without this provision.

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