How Republicans’ latest insurance reform proposals could restrict your ability to sue

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Insurance reforms are back on the front burner heading into the spring session of the Florida Legislature.

Republicans are again targeting plaintiffs attorneys with a wish list of pro-insurance industry reforms that attorneys warn will erode consumers’ ability to fight back when claims are denied or underpaid.

After enacting two packages of property insurance reforms last year, legislative leaders are pushing to extend those reforms to most remaining types of insurance, including auto, liability, business interruption, health and life.

As the spring session of the Florida Legislature approaches its March 7 opening, a multifaceted reform bill filed in the state House by Rep. Tommy Gregory, who represents parts of Sarasota and Manatee counties, has already advanced from a House subcommittee while a Senate version was filed on Thursday and is scheduled for debate by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

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