The first three forums will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 21 in Orlando, March 26
in Tampa and March 27 in Jacksonville with additional forums scheduled
throughout the state in April and May.
“Often consumers are confused and intimidated in the claim-handling process,”
Westcott said. “This is an opportunity for consumers to share their experiences
to help improve the system for everyone.”
Westcott is appointed by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who also
oversees the Department of Financial Services. Most recently, Westcott has been
a vocal advocate when it comes to inappropriate use of consumer credit
information to deny a claim; more consumer protections for policyholders in
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, the state’s insurer of last resort; and
more disclosure for homeowners regarding force-placed lender coverage.
Tasha Carter, Director of the Division of Consumer Services, will join Westcott
at the forums. The Division of Consumer Services operates the CFO’s Insurance
Consumer Helpline. Last year, the division received more than 325,000 consumer
calls and helped recover more than $22.5 million for Florida policyholders in
claim payments and premium refunds.
“We step into the shoes of consumers and represent them directly in their
dispute,” Carter said. “We want Floridians to know they have someone in their
corner when it comes to protecting their families, homes and hard-earned
Source: Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate