Sen. Nelson cites Post report, asks FEMA about denied flood claims

Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson cited reporting by The Palm Beach Post today in announcing he asked Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator William B. Long to take steps to ensure consumers have confidence their National Flood Insurance Program claims from Hurricane Irma are being treated fairly.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

“In reviewing the very high level of claims denied to date, I am reminded of serious charges brought against the NFIP by whistleblowers and Superstorm Sandy victims that accused the program of fraudulently reducing and denying claims,” Democrat Nelson wrote to Long.

The Post reported nine out of 10 NFIP claims closed in the early going after Hurricane Irma have resulted in denied payment, according to records sent to Florida’s insurance commissioner. FEMA officials noted that the process was ongoing, nearly $100 million in payments had been approved and paid claims were expected to rise.

A 2015 investigation by CBS’s 60 Minutes detailed allegations consumers were fraudulently denied or given reduced payments for Sandy claims, Nelson noted.

“These concerns are reinforced by the fact that a top NFIP administrator was once an executive for a FEMA subcontractor accused of lowballing Sandy claims,” Nelson said. “Unfortunately, this could be seen by some as a case of the fox guarding the hen house.  NFIP policyholders must have confidence in the claims process.”

 

 

 

Reader Comments 0

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS