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DeSantis Expected To Sign Property Insurance Changes Into Law

A home construction site in Westport, Conn., last December.
Spencer Platt
A home construction site in Westport, Conn., last December.

Governor Ron DeSantis says he will approve A bill that aims to fix Florida’s property insurance market. One change would increase the eligibility threshold for new policyholders to be admitted into the state-backed, Citizens property insurance group. President Barry Gilway says the change means Citizens will carry fewer policies.

“Previously you had to have a quote that was in excess of 15% higher than Citizens. That was increased to 20%," Gilway said.

Citizens was created to be the last resort for Floridians who couldn’t find affordable insurance in the private market. In recent years it’s started to take on more policies due to increased rates in the private market. Another part of the bill allows Citizens to file for rate increases of up to 15 percent by 2026, previously they were capped at 10 percent. That is still far below the 30 percent rate increases often seen in the private market.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.