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CFO Alex Sink Pledges to Hold BP Accountable with “Florida Claims Help” Initiative

9/29/2010

CONTACT: Jerri Franz or Jayme O’Rourke, 850-413-2842
 
PENSACOLA – Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced a new Florida Claims Help (FLCH) initiative to assist affected Floridians in receiving a more timely response for claims filed with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. CFO Sink is encouraging Floridians to share information about their claim online or at a series of FLCH open houses scheduled in the Panhandle next week.
 
“It has been five months since the spill occurred, and it is staggering to me that affected small businesses are now facing bankruptcy because of a failed, non-responsive claims process,” said CFO Alex Sink. “The Florida Claims Help initiative will aim to help better document the failings of the process, and if you have filed claims, provided the documentation requested and have received no response or are getting the runaround, come to one of our open houses or go online and share your story.  Enough is enough. BP and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility must be held accountable for giving these victims the answers they deserve.”
 
Floridians who have not been made whole and are having difficulty getting a response from the BP and GCCF claims process can visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/FloridaClaimsHelp to share their story. The CFO’s Department of Financial Services Consumer Outreach Division is also hosting a series of events in the Panhandle to reach out to oil spill victims and collect information, including how long they have waited for a response from BP and GCCF. Open houses are scheduled for Tuesday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pensacola Civic Center, located at 201 E. Gregory Street in Pensacola and Wednesday, October 6 at the Marina Civic Center, located at 8 Harrison Avenue in Panama City.  For details, visit: www.myfloridacfo.com/oilspill/.
 
CFO Sink recently sent a letter to Gulf Coast Claims Administrator Ken Feinberg expressing her concern for the claims process and the Floridians still suffering economic damages as a result of the oil spill. For more information, visit www.myfloridacfo.com/oilspill/.
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services and serves as the State Fire Marshal.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.