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Volume 1, No. 3 - August 2012

News You Can Use

- Updating you on what's going on

Rules in Effect Regarding the Criminal History of Applicants for Licensure

The amendments to Rules 69B-211.041 and 69B-211.042, Florida Administrative Code, relating to the effect of law enforcement records on applications for licensure, have been adopted and became effective on August 27, 2012.

You may access the full text of the amended rules via the following links:

Rule No.: 69B-211.041, F.A.C. - Definitions

Rule No.: 69B-211.042, F.A.C. - Effect of Law Enforcement Records on Applications for Licensure

Mulberry Insurance Services - Unlicensed Activity

The Department has discovered an agency located in California named Mulberry Insurance Services selling commercial property and liability policies in Florida without being properly licensed. The policies being sold are also bogus. They have issued fabricated binders indicating coverage for several insurers: North American Specialty Insurance Company, North American Capacity Insurance Company, Bermuda Limited, Lloyds of London, and others. Please call the Department's Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236) if you believe you have been in contact with this agency or know someone who has purchased a policy from this agency.

Division's New Website Launched August 1, 2012

The Division of Agent and Agency Services' redesigned public website went live on August 1, 2012. We have received much positive feedback and believe this will continue to improve customer service by simplifying some of the pages containing large amounts of information.

Not only did the look change, the website address changed too. It is now Customers who attempt to access the old website's homepage will be automatically redirected to the new website. The redirect will only be in place temporarily for the next month or two to allow customers to update their bookmarks/favorites. If you have any of our website pages bookmarked or linked, we suggest you update them accordingly.

Florida Health Choices Board Waives Agent Registration Fees

Licensed insurance agents across the state have another reason to participate in Florida's Insurance Marketplace launching this fall. During a recent meeting, the Florida Health Choices Board of Directors unanimously agreed to eliminate the fees insurance agents would have to pay to use the Marketplace. The Marketplace is a central web portal where small businesses owners with four to 50 employees can choose from a variety of health plans that best meets their needs.

Prior to the board vote, insurance agents would have been charged a $150 application fee and a $25 monthly usage fee. When registration begins in September, there will be no cost for agents (with a valid license) to quickly join and use the Marketplace.

Phase one of the Insurance Marketplace is scheduled to launch this October, giving small business owners a place to shop for a variety of health insurance products, including dental care. Phase two rolls out in 2013, expanding the program to eligible individuals and increasing the number, and types of plans and services offered.

The Florida Health Choices program and Florida Health Choices, Inc. were established by the Florida Legislature to provide improved access to affordable, quality health care for its residents.

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