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BP claims process slow going



In her last meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink took BP claims administrator Ken Feinberg to task for failing to live up to his promise to swiftly respond to oil spill claims from Floridians and Florida business owners.

Sink, who has been critical of BP and the handling of the claims process, said Floridians are having their claims denied without being given a reason, that people in similar situations are having their claims processed differently, and that Feinberg has been "incredibly unresponsive to Floridians and to Florida business owners.

"It just reveals that this process continues to be inefficient," Sink said near the end of Tuesday's five-hour Cabinet meeting. "One hundred, fifty thousand claims have been filed by Floridians, but only 40 percent of them have been paid, a third of them have been denied ... and then we have 20 percent that are still in limbo land."

PolitiFact Florida analyzes Sink's numerical claims here.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:22pm]


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