From the Southwest News-Press, some somewhat good news regarding the home insurance rate requests from Allstate.
'Allstate has had second thoughts about its next round of rate hikes.
The state's second-largest private property insurer this week has amended rate filings with the Office of Insurance Regulation to lower the amount of the average premium increases it seeks to 8 percent for Allstate Floridian and nearly 9 percent for Allstate Floridian Indemnity.
It originally sought to raise rates an average of 22.5 percent for Allstate Floridian and 33.2 percent for Allstate Floridian Indemnity — though residents in more than half the company's territories would have seen increases over 70 percent. How the new rate hike breaks down for individual homeowners is not yet available.
Allstate has been negotiating with state regulators over the pending rate hike since September. Chief among the many faults regulators found with the rate hikes was a $259 million charge for reinsurance. Allstate actuaries admitted the company did not buy all of that, but wanted to be compensated as if it did.
Meanwhile, Southern Oak Insurance has filed for an average rate hike of 30.2 percent for home coverage. The Office of Insurance Regulation has set a public hearing on the request for 10 a.m. Friday in Tallahassee.
And if you are with a private insurer, don't forget your little "surchage" to help shore up the largest welfare home insurance program in the United States, our very own Citizen's Insurance.