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CFO Jimmy Patronis: We Must Fight for Florida Consumers

3/8/2022

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
CFO Jimmy Patronis: We Must Fight for Florida Consumers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In recognition of Consumer Protection Week, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is highlighting the consumer protection legislation that was recently passed in House Bill 749, Fraud Prevention and House Bill 959, Department of Financial Services. House Bill 749 increases penalties on unlicensed public adjusters who break the law; combats fraudulent telemarketing calls by requiring licensed warranty agencies to identity their full business name and license number immediately; forces big corporations to allow Floridians to easily cancel subscriptions; and empowers Florida policyholders by ensuring digital insurance applications will communicate with the digital driver’s license. House Bill 959 will require insurance agencies to proactively disclose to policyholders that they’re closing their business; and force public adjusters to notify consumers if they want to capture additional living expenses.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As your CFO, I have been laser focused on protecting consumers, and this year is no different. The Fraud Prevention bill, among many things, will force big corporations to allow Floridians to easily cancel subscriptions without forcing consumers to hop through a bunch of hoops. The legislation will also ensure consumers are protected from unlicensed warranty calls. This year’s agency package aims to protect policyholders by ensuring insurance agencies and public adjusters are up front and transparent with consumers. Thank you to Representative Clemons, Senator Gruters, Representative LaMarca and Senator Boyd for spearheading this important legislation. I appreciate their leadership on this issue and I’m thankful they’re going to bat for Florida consumers.”
House Bill 749, Fraud Prevention and House Bill 959, Department of Financial Services have both passed the Legislature and are headed to the Governor.

Department of Financial Services Resources for Consumers

• Fraud Free Florida – An initiative CFO Patronis launched to further protect Floridians from fraud and empower our consumers to better defend themselves from scams.

• CFO Patronis’ Consumer Protections website provides resources and information for consumers on a variety of financial and insurance topics.

• CFO Patronis’ Insurance Consumer Helpline is also available to assist Floridians with insurance issues and the claims process. Call the toll-free helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236), to talk to a knowledgeable insurance specialist Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).