The Office of Insurance Regulation in Florida is attempting to hold these policy providers to their word. dThey have made an assertive effort to call these companies to accountability. The Office of Insurance Regulation is attempting to orchestrate hearings to call these companies on the carpet for the alleged lies that have been fed to Floridians.
Avoidance at all costs allegedly seems to be the modus of operandi for many of these giants in the guarantor industry. Florida isn't the only state that has met with this response from insurance companies. Allstate has allegedly evaded relinquishing key information documented that would expose questionable practices and policies at the upper rungs of management. Since the early 1990's this behavior has been allegedly purported to have affected policyholders. A daily penalty of $25,000 was incurred by Allstate in Missouri instead of letting go of official paperwork requested that allegedly detailed strategies and desired outcomes of those strategies. State Farm in Michigan was allegedly penalized for having the inability to find documentation pertaining to the famous McKinsey case numbering over 2,000 pieces of paperwork. Other bad faith insurance cases have erupted in Utah and South Dakota allegedly involving both State Farm and Farmers Insurance. A $750,000 penalty was allegedly tacked onto both shareholders and Farmers Insurance alike for the incident in South Dakota.
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Unfortunately, reform for and industry rife with alleged misdeeds and mismanagement seems a virtual impossibility. A big reason for this is the special interest groups and lobbying committees that have just a handful of people in mind, and not the public at large. Change needs to affect the many and not just the few when it comes to fairness, honesty, and appropriate business practices on the part of the insurance companies. Grassroots efforts need to spring up to act on behalf of the American people. It's time for accountability to be synonymous with management in any company. This is especially true for people that use companies for their personal protection during life's uncertainties.
By Delsia Hartford