Florida Flood Loss Modeling Standards Now Official - Colodny Fass

Florida Flood Loss Modeling Standards Now Official

Date Published: 08-02-2017

 

Florida's Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology ("FCHLPM") can now begin the review process for flood loss model acceptability after the long-awaited 2017 Flood Standards were published today, August 2, 2017.

The FCHLPM scope was legislatively expanded in 2014 to include the creation of standards for flood loss models, along with a review process designed to grow Florida's private flood insurance market.

To access Florida's official 2017 Flood Loss Modeling Standards, click here.

The accompanying information is provided via hyperlink below, including the scheduled review dates, which appear within the "Acceptability Process" document.

The Florida statute enabling the flood standards is reprinted below:

627.0628 Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology; public records exemption; public meetings exemption

(3) ADOPTION AND EFFECT OF STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES.-

(a) The commission shall consider any actuarial methods, principles, standards, models, or output ranges that have the potential for improving the accuracy of or reliability of the hurricane loss projections used in residential property insurance rate filings and flood loss projections used in rate filings for personal lines residential flood insurance coverage. The commission shall, from time to time, adopt findings as to the accuracy or reliability of particular methods, principles, standards, models, or output ranges.

(b) The commission shall consider any actuarial methods, principles, standards, or models that have the potential for improving the accuracy of or reliability of projecting probable maximum loss levels. The commission shall adopt findings as to the accuracy or reliability of particular methods, principles, standards, or models related to probable maximum loss calculations.

(c) In establishing reimbursement premiums for the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, the State Board of Administration must, to the extent feasible, employ actuarial methods, principles, standards, models, or output ranges found by the commission to be accurate or reliable.

(d) With respect to a rate filing under s. 627.062, an insurer shall employ and may not modify or adjust actuarial methods, principles, standards, models, or output ranges found by the commission to be accurate or reliable in determining hurricane loss factors and probable maximum loss levels for use in a rate filing under s. 627.062.  An insurer may employ a model in a rate filing until 120 days after the expiration of the commission's acceptance of that model and may not modify or adjust models found by the commission to be accurate or reliable in determining probable maximum loss levels.  This paragraph does not prohibit an insurer from using a straight average of model results or output ranges for the purposes of a rate filing for personal lines residential flood insurance coverage under s. 627.062.

(e) The commission shall adopt actuarial methods, principles, standards, models, or output ranges for personal lines residential flood loss no later than July 1, 2017.

(f) The commission shall revise previously adopted actuarial methods, principles, standards, models, or output ranges every odd-numbered year for hurricane loss projections. The commission shall revise previously adopted actuarial methods, principles, standards, models, or output ranges no less than every 4 years for flood loss projections.

(g)1. A trade secret, as defined in s. 688.002, which is used in designing and constructing a hurricane or flood loss model and which is provided pursuant to this section, by a private company, to the commission, office, or consumer advocate appointed pursuant to s. 627.0613 is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution.

2.a. That portion of a meeting of the commission or of a rate proceeding on an insurer's rate filing at which a trade secret made confidential and exempt by this paragraph is discussed is exempt from s. 286.011 and s. 24(b), Art. I of the State Constitution.  The closed meeting must be recorded, and no portion of the closed meeting may be off the record.

 

 

 

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