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Steps Could Be Taken to Reduce the Public Hurricane Loss Projection Model’s Reliance on State Funding, Report No. 11-25, December 2011
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  • The Office of Insurance Regulation is the public hurricane loss projection model’s primary user. The model, which was developed by Florida International University and its partners, provides the office an independent benchmark tool for reviewing the reasonableness of rates proposed in insurer filings.
  • The public model’s operation and maintenance is supported primarily by state funds. In Fiscal Year 2010-11, Florida International University received $588,409 from the Office of Insurance Regulation, most of which is used to support the model’s routine operation and maintenance. During the same period, 12 private insurers paid the university a total of $129,338 to use the model; these fees only covered the cost associated with providing requested services. The direct expenditures for operating, maintaining, and updating the public model were $723,937 in Fiscal Year 2010-11.
  • To further increase private funding for the model, the university could market the model or enhance the model to make it more useful to private insurers. The Legislature could also consider several options for the public model: discontinue state funding, reduce state funding as it is offset by increasing fees paid by insurers, or continue the current funding arrangement.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Office of Insurance Regulation
Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund
Department of Financial Services

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