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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVII
INSURANCE
Chapter 631
INSURER INSOLVENCY; GUARANTY OF PAYMENT
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F.S. 631.195
631.195 Records of insurers; public records exemptions.
(1) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Consumer” means a prospective purchaser of, a purchaser of, a beneficiary of, or an applicant for any insurance product or service. The term also includes a family member or dependent of such person.
(b) “Personal financial and health information” means:
1. A consumer’s personal health condition, disease, or injury;
2. A history of a consumer’s personal medical diagnosis or treatment;
3. The existence, nature, source, or amount of a consumer’s personal income or expenses;
4. Records of, or relating to, a consumer’s personal financial transactions of any kind;
5. The existence, identification, nature, or value of a consumer’s assets, liabilities, or net worth;
6. The existence or content of, or any individual coverage or status under a consumer’s beneficial interest in, any insurance policy or annuity contract; or
7. The existence, identification, nature, or value of a consumer’s interest in any insurance policy, annuity contract, or trust.
(2) The following records, in whatever form, of an insurer which are made or received by the department, acting as receiver pursuant to this chapter, are confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution:
(a) All personal financial and health information of a consumer.
(b) Underwriting files of a type customarily maintained by an insurer transacting lines of insurance similar to those lines transacted by the insurer.
(c) Personnel and payroll records of the insurer.
(d) Consumer claim files.
(e) An own-risk and solvency assessment (ORSA) summary report, a substantially similar ORSA summary report, and supporting documents submitted to the office pursuant to s. 628.8015.
(f) A corporate governance annual disclosure and supporting documents submitted to the office pursuant to s. 628.8015.
(g) Information received from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a governmental entity in this or another state, the Federal Government, or a government of another nation which is confidential or exempt if held by that entity and which is held by the department for use in the performance of its duties relating to insurer solvency.
(3) The exemptions in subsection (2) apply to records held by the department before, on, and after July 1, 2020.
(4) Records or portions of records made confidential and exempt by this section may be released under any of the following circumstances:
(a) To any state or federal agency, upon written request, if disclosure is necessary for the receiving entity to perform its duties and responsibilities. The receiving agency shall maintain the confidential and exempt status of such record or portion of such record.
(b) To comply with a properly authorized civil, criminal, or regulatory investigation or a subpoena or summons by a federal, state, or local authority.
(c) To the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and its affiliates and subsidiaries, if the recipient agrees in writing to maintain the confidential and exempt status of the records.
(d) To the guaranty associations and funds of the various states which are receiving, adjudicating, and paying claims of the insolvent insurer subject to delinquency proceedings pursuant to this chapter. The receiving guaranty association shall maintain the confidential and exempt status of such record or portion of such record.
(e) Upon written request, to persons identified as designated employees as described in s. 626.989(4)(d), whose responsibilities include the investigation and disposition of claims relating to suspected fraudulent insurance acts.
(f) In the case of personal financial and health information of a consumer, upon written request of the consumer or the consumer’s legally authorized representative.
(5) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2025, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.
History.s. 1, ch. 2020-142.