Florida officials said they are expanding the state's insurancemediation program for homeowners to include condominiumassociations in dispute with their carriers in the wake of thisyear's hurricanes.

The mediation program was set up for homeowners last year aftera series of major hurricanes hit the state and has helped more than11,000 insureds with storm claims reach an agreement with theirinsurer, according to the Florida Department of FinancialServices.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher said expanding theprogram to condominium associations would help speed the rebuildingprocess after the storms.

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