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CFO Jimmy Patronis Extends Insurance Professional Continuing Education Deadline to Assist with Hurricane Michael Recovery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – To help accelerate Hurricane Michael recovery efforts in the Florida Panhandle, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced today an extension of continuing education deadlines for licensed insurance professionals.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “When insurance professionals can continue their work in the field – instead of stopping to complete office work – more Hurricane Michael insurance claims can be paid out faster. We will keep looking for ways to get government out of the way and help Floridians get back on their feet and back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Continuing education deadlines are set by the licensee’s birthday month, and any licensee with a deadline in October, November, or December will receive a 3-month extension to complete their continuing education requirements. October 31 deadlines will be extended to January 31, 2019; November 30 deadlines to February 28, 2019; and December 31 deadlines to March 31, 2019. Currently, more than 125,000 insurance claims have been filed following Hurricane Michael, totaling estimated losses of more than $3.4 billion. Fifty six thousand of those claims remain open, further proving the necessity of allowing insurance agents, adjusters and customer representatives to focus on their post-storm work.
The extension applies to all insurance professional licensees that require continuing education, including insurance adjusters, agents and customer representatives. No form or application process is required to be approved for this extension. CFO Patronis’ Division of Insurance Agent & Agency Services is updating its online database to automatically reflect the updated deadline. 
To learn more, please visit or call the Bureau of Licensing at 850-413-3137. 
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