NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA OFFICE OF INSURANCE REGULATION
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 2, 2012
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Office Releases Preliminary 2011 Financial PIP Data

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation today issued preliminary financial data involving the personal injury protection (PIP) market that directly pertains to bills being debated by the Florida Legislature.

The preliminary data shows that in 2011, Florida’s insurers collected an increase of 19.7%, or $0.5 billion for PIP premiums, and that PIP costs (both direct losses, and direct containment and defense costs) have continued to increase as a percentage of the premium dollar for Florida’s insurers.

A snapshot of the PIP data based on annual filings in 2010 and 2011:

Category                                 2010                       2011
Direct Written Premium           $2.4 billion               $2.9 billion
Incurred Loss Ratio                97.7%                     98.4%
Incurred DCC Ratio               6.9%                       9.1%
Incurred Loss & DCC Ratio   104.6%                   107.5%

The Loss ratio is the percentage of premium dollar dedicated to paying direct losses based on PIP claims. The Defense and Cost Containment (DCC) Ratio is defined as the percentage of the premium dollar dedicated to defense expenses, litigation expenses, and cost containment expenses.

These numbers are preliminary and based on company filings to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for 2011 that were accessed by insurance regulators as of March 2, 2012.

About the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has primary responsibility for regulation, compliance and enforcement of statutes related to the business of insurance and the monitoring of industry markets.  For more information about the Office, please visit www.floir.com or follow us on Twitter @FLOIR_comm.

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