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Task Force on Citizens Property Insurance Claims Handling and Resolution to Meet in Tallahassee Thursday

6/27/2007

CONTACT:  Tara Klimek or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842 
 
TALLAHASSEE – In an ongoing effort to improve Citizens’ policyholder and applicant services, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is convening the fifth meeting of the legislatively-created Task Force on Citizens Property Insurance Claims Handling and Resolution. The task force will meet to prepare the first report on Thursday, June 28, 2007, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Senate Office Building, Room 401, in Tallahassee
Consumers who have homeowner policies with Citizens or who have open claims from the 2004/2005 hurricane seasons are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide testimony from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
 
The Citizens task force was created by House Bill 1A during the 2007 special session of the Florida Legislature.  The task force is composed of: Chairman and Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate Bob Milligan;  Vice Chairman and Senator Mike Fasano; Representative Julio Robaina; Michael B. Twomey Sr., Attorney; Mike Lancashire, VP, The Main Street America Group; Heather Carruthers, Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe County; and Tim Loftin, VP of Claims at Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.
 
The task force is directed to develop recommendations for Citizens to complete claims remaining from the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons.  The report is due to the Governor, Chief Financial Officer, President of the Senate and Speaker of the House by July 1, 2007. 
 
The Task Force will continue to meet and review Citizens’ action plans and processes to ensure that Citizens’ policyholders receive the highest possible level of service, develop legislation on pertinent issues, monitor the implementation of the Office of Internal Audit and provide interim reports through July 1, 2008.
 
The fifth meeting of the Task Force on Citizens Property Insurance Claims Handling and Resolution will be as follows:
 
DATE:        Thursday, June 28, 2007  
TIME:         9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Senate Office Building, Room 401
                 404 South Monroe Street
                 Tallahassee, FL 32399
 
CFO Sink has also created a Web site dedicated to the task force, its duties, appointments, and upcoming meetings.  Floridians who would like to learn more about the task force are encouraged to visit the Web site at http://www.taskforceoncitizensclaimshandling.org.
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.