(1) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Change in policy terms” means the modification, addition, or deletion of any term, coverage, duty, or condition from the previous policy. The correction of typographical or scrivener’s errors or the application of mandated legislative changes is not a change in policy terms.
(b) “Optional coverage” means the addition of new insurance coverage that has not previously been requested or approved by the policyholder but that does not include any change to the base policy or a deductible or an insurance limit.
(c) “Policy” means a written contract of property and casualty insurance or written agreement for such insurance, by whatever name called, and includes all clauses, riders, endorsements, and papers that are a part of such policy. The term does not include a binder as defined in s. 627.420 unless the duration of the binder period exceeds 60 days.
(d) “Renewal” means the issuance and delivery by an insurer of a policy superseding at the end of the policy period a policy previously issued and delivered by the same insurer or the issuance and delivery of a certificate or notice extending the term of a policy beyond its policy period or term. Any policy that has a policy period or term of less than 6 months or that does not have a fixed expiration date shall, for purposes of this section, be considered as written for successive policy periods or terms of 6 months.
(2) A renewal policy may contain a change in policy terms. If such change occurs, the insurer shall give the named insured advance written notice of the change, which may be enclosed along with the written notice of renewal premium required under ss. 627.4133 and 627.728 or sent separately within the timeframe required under the Florida Insurance Code for the provision of a notice of nonrenewal to the named insured for that line of insurance. The insurer must also provide a sample copy of the notice to the named insured’s insurance agent before or at the same time that notice is provided to the named insured. Such notice shall be entitled “Notice of Change in Policy Terms.”
(3) A renewal policy, which includes the addition of optional coverage that increases the premium to a policyholder, may not use the Notice of Change in Policy Terms to add the optional coverage to the policy unless the policyholder affirmatively indicates to the insurer or agent that the policyholder approves the addition of the optional coverage.
(4) Although not required, proof of mailing or registered mailing through the United States Postal Service of the Notice of Change in Policy Terms to the named insured at the address shown in the policy is sufficient proof of notice.
(5) Receipt of the premium payment for the renewal policy by the insurer is deemed to be acceptance of the new policy terms by the named insured.
(6) If an insurer fails to provide the notice required in subsection (2), the original policy terms remain in effect until the next renewal and the proper service of the notice, or until the effective date of replacement coverage obtained by the named insured, whichever occurs first.
(7) The intent of this section is to:
(a) Allow an insurer to make a change in policy terms without nonrenewing those policyholders that the insurer wishes to continue insuring.
(b) Alleviate concern and confusion to the policyholder caused by the required policy nonrenewal for the limited issue if an insurer intends to renew the insurance policy, but the new policy contains a change in policy terms.
(c) Encourage policyholders to discuss their coverages with their insurance agents.