- Updating you on what's going on
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced two arrests made by the Division of Insurance Fraud in separate cases. Johanna Gonzalez, 32, a licensed insurance agent, was arrested for forging an insurance document and in an unrelated case, Beatriz Martinez, 44, a licensed public adjuster, was arrested for grand theft after failing to return insurance funds owed to consumers. Both are residents of Miami-Dade County.
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Please see the letter (via the link below) from the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation which provides consumer guidance regarding Florida Healthcare Plus, Inc.'s receivership process. FHCP was recently ordered into receivership for purposes of rehabilitation, with an automatic liquidation effective at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2015. FHCP members had continued health care coverage with the company until January 1, 2015. If members did not select an alternative health coverage plan before January 1st, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will automatically enroll them into original fee-for-service Medicare with a prescription drug plan.
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The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Agent & Agency Services, hereby provides notice that changes made to Rule Chapter 69B-220, Florida Administrative Code, have been adopted and became effective January 5, 2015. The changes relate to the conduct of public adjusters and ethical requirements for all adjusters.
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The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Agent & Agency Services, hereby provides Notice of Proposed Rule for Rule 69B-215.090, Florida Administrative Code, relating to the information to be provided when recommending the surrender of an annuity or life insurance policy. The notice has been filed with the Florida Department of State and was officially published in the Florida Administrative Register on December 29, 2014. The proposed rule will require the recommending insurance agent or insurance company to provide the specified information to the consumer before or at the same time the proceeds are paid.
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We highly recommend that licensees routinely check their Mi Perfil account(s) for messages from the Department. We send an email notification at the same time to remind you to check your Mi Perfil account but on rare occasions you may not receive that email. For that reason, we suggest you add our domain MyFloridaCFO.com to your email software's Trusted or Safe Senders List to ensure you are able to receive email notifications from us. Licensees who have a valid email address on file with the Department, as required by law, are sent important email notifications when something that affects their application, license, continuing education, or appointment(s) occurs. Additionally, we will keep you informed with warnings regarding new schemes and scams being marketed to licensees. You can update your contact information through your Mi Perfil account. We want to keep you informed in a timely manner of pertinent information. You are still required to abide by the Florida Insurance Code regardless of whether you read the information we provide or attempt to provide.