Webinar: Navigating the Insurance Process and Pitfalls in the Aftermath of a Hurricane
On Monday, Oct. 10, the FMA and the Emerald Coast Medical Association (ECMA) hosted an essential webinar covering best practices for navigating the post-hurricane recovery process. Trey Hutt, President of Panama City-based Hutt Insurance, provided invaluable guidance on topics including:
- Flood vs. wind losses
- The role of public adjusters
- Documenting claims for proper payment
- Getting your claim to the top of the pile
FMA and ECMA member Jon Ward, MD, Founder of Dermatology Specialists based in Panama City, and ECMA Executive Director Michelle Flaat also shared insights and lessons learned from Hurricane Michael, which caused catastrophic damage along Florida’s panhandle in 2018.
Watch the recording
Insurance villages open in Charlotte and Lee counties
State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services has set up two insurance villages, located in Charlotte and Lee counties, to assist consumers with insurance claims and other issues. Both locations will be open seven days each week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are expected to remain open for at least two weeks (as of Monday, Oct. 3). However, they could remain in place longer depending on need.
Please do not arrive early and set up. The insurance villages are outdoors and do not have power available, so make sure to bring appropriate equipment to conduct operations in a parking lot. The Department will make restroom facility arrangements.
Charlotte County Insurance Village
Port Charlotte Town Center (parking lot)
1441 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Lee County Insurance Village
JetBlue Park (parking lot)
11500 Fenway South Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
The Doctors Company Announces Premium Grace Period
Florida Medical Association, is committed to supporting its members and their practices through their recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Ian. Consistent with a request from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, The Doctors Company is providing members with a premium payment grace period that runs until November 28, 2022.
The grace period is provided without interest or penalty, so that members can focus on their patients and their practices in the aftermath of the storm.
The Doctors Company Member Services team will be happy to assist members with questions regarding their payments or premiums. Members are invited to sign in to their member accounts or call (800) 421-2368 and press 1 for Member Services.
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Hurricane Ian DOH Resource Guide
Check out the FMA’s overview of the state’s response efforts, including guidelines during Florida’s State of Emergency, important information from the Department of Health, AHCA, other state agencies, and more.
Read the updated guidelines