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Volume 1, No. 1 - June 2012

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- Updating you on what's going on

Rule Changes Regarding Effect of Law Enforcement Records on Applications for Licensure

The Department has filed changes to the proposed rule 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. The changes are being made based on the record of the public hearing and in response to comments from the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee.
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Rule Changes Regarding Customer Representatives

The Department has filed changes to the proposed rule amendments to Rule Chapter 69B-213, Florida Administrative Code, relating to customer representatives. A notice of change and correction was filed on June 15, 2012.
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Office Orders Company to Cease and Desist the Unlicensed and Unauthorized Sale of Home Warranties in Florida

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) issued an Order to American Fidelity Services, LLC (AFS) to cease and desist engaging in the unauthorized and unlicensed business of a home warranty association in the state of Florida. AFS is a limited liability company registered in the state of Maryland.

The Office conducted an investigation and determined that AFS is offering its American Fidelity Home Warranty program without a license through its online website: The plan offers coverage for all common household appliances and systems. AFS has 21 days to respond to the Order.

Agents and consumers should research companies before they buy insurance. The Office has an online "company search" tool that allows agents and consumers to determine whether a company is authorized to sell insurance products in Florida.
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AvaHealth, Inc., d/b/a Key Insurance Plan - Notice of Receivership

On June 27, 2012, the Second Judicial Circuit Court entered an order placing AvaHealth, Inc., d/b/a/ Key Insurance Plan ("AvaHealth") into receivership for purposes of rehabilitation effective Monday, July 2, 2012. The Florida Department of Financial Services is the court appointed Receiver of AvaHealth.

AvaHealth is a health insurer, based in Tampa, which has approximately 1,700 insureds. The company's existing policies are not cancelled by the rehabilitation order and will continue in the ordinary course of business. During rehabilitation, the Receiver will continue to receive and review claims.

Protect Your Home Base! Disaster Preparedness Webinar

Disaster Preparedness: Insure Secure Recover

Webinar dates and times are:
Tuesday, July 10th at 12 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, July 18th at 2 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, July 24th at 5:30 p.m. EDT

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Baseball and hurricane preparedness have a lot in common - you have to cover all the bases to be successful. As Floridians, we all need to be team players and insure, secure, recover.

With hurricane preparedness, making it to first base is ensuring you have adequate coverage for your property.  Tagging second base means securing important documents, and rounding third base is having the ability to recover after a storm. Taking these steps will help you protect your home base this hurricane season.

Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater encourages all Floridians to protect their home base by preparing financially for a disaster. The Department of Financial Services and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is hosting a series of disaster preparedness webinars to ensure residents are prepared. Topics will include how to:

  • Ensure adequate coverage
  • Safeguard important documents
  • Prepare an itemized inventory
  • Create and execute an evacuation plan
  • Properly file a claim
  • Strengthen your home or business

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