Fla. Online Survey Measuring Availability of Commercial Coverage

July 13, 2006

An online survey to gauge the problems Florida businesses are encountering accessing commercial insurance coverage is being conducted by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The Office said it has heard from businesses and policymakers from around the state regarding problems with the availability and cost of commercial insurance coverage.

“There is little doubt we have problems in this area of our market that mirror or exceed those we are wrestling with in residential insurance,” Commissioner Kevin McCarty explained. “We need to find out which businesses are having difficulty, where they are located and what exactly are the challenges they are facing. Armed with that information we hope to develop some targeted remedies to provide relief to the segments of our business community which are having difficulty.”

The on-line survey consists of 10 questions dealing with the type of business which is responding, 10 questions about the specific insurance difficulty the business is encountering and an area for individual feedback.

Most of the questions can be answered by pointing and clicking on drop-down menus. The name of the business or owner does not have to be provided but an email address will be needed so a password can be sent which is required to complete the survey. Directions are printed on the bottom of the page.

Any business can respond by going to: https://apps.fldfs.com/Survey/default.aspx?qid=49&pre=CP.

Additionally, the survey will be forwarded to chambers of commerce across Florida and it also will be provided to associations and federations representing business interests throughout the state.

Business owners and managers can fill out the survey until July 24th at midnight. When the results are compiled they will be displayed on the Office of Insurance Regulation website at http://www.floir.com/.

Source: Florida Department of Insurance Regulation

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