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Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book Introduces Legislation to Lower Homeowners Insurance Costs for Low-Income Seniors

Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book
Florida Legislature
Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book

Florida - Tuesday November 7, 2023: In response to the escalating property insurance crisis, exacerbated by skyrocketing housing costs and an increasingly unstable insurance market, Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book has introduced SB 348, entitled Insurance Rebate Program for Low-Income Seniors.

The bill would require the Florida Department of Financial Services to create an insurance rebate program to provide low-income seniors relief from the rising costs of homeowners insurance in our state.

"In the face of Florida’s ongoing property insurance crisis, we’re fighting to provide relief to low-income seniors from skyrocketing premiums," says Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book. "Our state economy is booming, but seniors in my district are on the brink of losing their homes because they cannot afford property insurance. That is just not acceptable. And it’s why I’m working to ensure seniors who live on fixed incomes can age in place with the dignity and security they deserve.”

To qualify for the program, you must be a Florida resident over 65 years old, with an income less than 200% of the federal poverty level. The program would provide a rebate equal to 10% of the person's insurance premium on their primary residence only.

If passed, the bill would take effect July 1, 2024.

"This crisis not only threatens the financial security of all Floridians but also undermines the safety and stability of our local communities,” says Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book. “This program is not just about addressing an insurance crisis; it's about safeguarding the well-being of our most vulnerable Floridians, ensuring they are not left behind."