Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis released the following statement on guidance to insurers from the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) on workers’ compensation coverage and telehealth during the COVID-19 response.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As we work together to fight COVID-19 in our communities, my office has been working closely with the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) to ensure the insurance industry is stepping up for Floridians. Today, insurers were reminded that first responders, health care workers, and others that contract COVID-19 due to work-related exposure are entitled to protections under Florida’s workers’ compensation law. This is vital coverage for these brave men and women risking their health and safety on the front lines of this pandemic.
“Health insurers were also advised to take full advantage of technology and broaden the use of telehealth as we work to maintain important social distancing guidance from health officials while still providing critical health services. I thank Commissioner Altmaier for his hard work and continued guidance to the insurance industry on measures to protect and assist Floridians during these challenging times.”
Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said, “First responders, health care workers, and others who contract COVID-19 due to work-related exposure would be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits under Florida law. I have directed insurers to comply with all provisions of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law and will take appropriate action in the event of non-compliance.”
“My team is committed to developing solutions that provide relief for policyholders at this time, including broadening access to telemedicine to help alleviate hurdles for Floridians attempting to utilize telehealth services. I thank CFO Patronis, Governor DeSantis, and the Florida Cabinet for their response to COVID-19 and will continue to work closely with Florida officials to best serve Floridians.”
About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).