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10 May
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Erick Erickson WSB Endorses Jay Florence

“I am largely staying out of statewide races, says WSB Host Erick Erickson…I’m going to play you an audio clip here that forces me to get involved in another race and should force you to get involved as well….it is about a candidate running for statewide office in Georgia. Most of you have never heard this and you need to hear this. ”

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10 May
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Jay Florence Insurance Commissioner TV

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12 Mar
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Jay qualifies as candidate for Insurance Commissioner!

Excited to qualify this week to be Georgia’s next Insurance Commissioner! Proud of the tremendous momentum and support from all of you and from Georgians all across our state!

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03 Sep
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DouglasNow: Insurance Commissioner Candidate Jay Florence, Ray Goff Make Stop in Douglas

“I bring experience to the table. I started working as an attorney for insurance commissioner Ralph Hudgens in 2011. I’ve worked in all areas of the department. It’s an important job that touches everyone’s lives,” said Jay Florence, the current deputy insurance commissioner and a candidate for insurance commissioner in the 2018 election, Tuesday as he and former University of Georgia head football coach Ray Goff stopped in Douglas on a tour of South Georgia.

About six weeks ago, Commissioner Hudgens announced that he would not run for re-election. Florence immediately recognized the opportunity and decided to run for the position. An attorney by profession, Florence is from Athens. He attended the University of Georgia and, later, he enrolled in law school at the University of South Carolina. “Please don’t hold that against me,” he joked Tuesday afternoon.

Florence sees several important issues on the horizon for Georgia but none more so than what will happen with the future of the Affordable Care Act, almost universally referred to as Obamacare. The government-run healthcare plan has never not been in the news since former President Barack Obama proposed the plan several years ago. Republicans have long promised some form of “repeal and replace” if they ever gained control of Congress and the presidency. It happened this year but lawmakers (and President Donald Trump) are finding just how difficult it is to make any changes to Obamacare, much less repealing it and replacing it. Despite the challenges, Obamacare is facing its own uncertain future and no matter what happens moving forward, changes are coming to insurance in Georgia.

Take, for instance, what happened this year when Blue Cross Blue Shield, Georgia’s largest insurer, announced it would pull out of the individual market in Georgia. Had the company done so, 85 counties in South Georgia would have no insurance provider, said Florene. “We talked them into staying,” he said. “The situation with Obamacare is getting bad enough that something has to be done. A lot of that will come back to the states. We need someone in the office with the experience to handle what’s coming.”

Goff is serving as Florence’s campaign manager and brought him to South Georgia because of the contacts he has down here. A South Georgia native himself, he also recruited the area when he was on staff with the Bulldogs. He recalled playing with Douglas’s Joel Parrish and recruiting Andre “Pulpwood” Smith, George Smith (the embattled running back who eventually went to Texas A&M), and working with Chamber of Commerce president Stanley Lott at UGA. “I had a great relationship with [former Coffee High head football coach] Bonwell Royal. I miss coming to South Georgia and Douglas. Being here today brings back a lot of memories. I miss the area, I miss the people. It’s great being back down here again,” said Goff.

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24 Aug
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Smoke detectors donated to Macon families in need

Macon – It’s almost time to turn your clocks forward and while you’re at it, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department suggests you change the batteries on your smoke alarms, too.

It’s all part of the Operation Safe Home program ordered by the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner Jay Florence stopped by the fire station Thursday afternoon to drop off batteries and three dozen smoke alarms. Florence says it’s important to have working alarms especially after last year’s fire statistics in Georgia.

“In 2016, there were 106 residential fires that resulted in 141 deaths and only ten of those homes had working fire alarms,” said Florence.

If you don’t have a working fire alarm or just need batteries, the fire department encourages you to give them a call .  They’ll even go out and install the alarms.

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24 Aug
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Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence visits Albany

ALBANY — Georgia Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence visited Albany Thursday and toured several of the storm-ravaged areas of the city. He urged homeowners to file insurance claims in a timely fashion and to beware of unscrupulous traveling contractors.

“This is obviously a severe and widespread weather event, and we’re coming down to see firsthand the damage and look at the homes and talk to homeowners and make sure that they’re reaching out to their insurance agents, their insurance companies, and that the insurance companies are responding properly,” Florence said. “We’ve talked to some folks, and right now there are delays in getting the adjusters in, but the insurance companies have put the people up temporarily, in temporary lodging which is good.

“I know that several insurance companies are ramping up the number of adjusters that they’re sending out so they can get people up on their feet as quickly as possible.”

Florence said the number of early claims filed caught his attention.

“We’ve done initial numbers and they will likely grow, but we estimate about 2,500 claims from this event,” he said. “We don’t have a damage amount estimate yet, but it’s a serious event. We are down here touring for a few hours, talking to homeowners and trying to make sure they know they can call our hotline and call us if they’re having any trouble with their insurance companies.

Florence urged people to first call their insurance agent.  “They need to call their insurance company, talk to them directly, and if they are having problems in those two areas they should reach out to the department of insurance and we’ll be able to help,” Florence said. “Right now, our primary responsibility is to make sure homeowners are protected and consumers are protected. That’s our primary focus. But certainly we have a fraud division that looks out for fraudulent claims.

Florence added that homeowners need to be aware of predatory contractors who tend to flow into disaster areas. He said if a proposed deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is. He advised homeowners to ask to see a copy of a local business license before entering into a contract.

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