As lawmakers progress through the final committee week ahead of the 2017 Legislative Session, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is readying to enter his final Session the same way he began his first nearly two decades ago—fighting for Floridians. Focusing on legacy enhancements to the Department of Financial Services and several measures that will protect policyholders against insurance fraud and during times when insurance companies fail, CFO Atwater looks forward to robust conversations with the Florida House and Senate.
The Florida Department of Financial Services has recently become aware of a scam in which consumers receive fraudulent checks that are made to appear as if they have been issued by the Department. In some cases, checks appear to be signed with a forged signature of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. These fraudulent checks have been received and reported by consumers who were not expecting to receive funds from the Department.
To assist Florida business owners with obtaining workers’ compensation coverage to protect their employees from the detrimental impacts of on-the-job injuries, the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation has launched an online insurance company database called the Coverage Assistance Program (CAP). This new database allows employers to easily search for insurance companies that are actively offering workers’ compensation policies for their industry type.