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Round and round she goes, but where NFIP ends up, nobody knows p2

Fri Jan 31st, 2014 on     Insurance Law,    

Seconds after we published our last post, the U.S. Senate passed the bill that included both the Homeowner Flood Insurance Availability Act and the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act. The flood insurance act will keep flood insurance subsidies in place for four years. During that time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency — the agency responsible for the National Flood Insurance Program — will complete an affordability study and perfect new flood maps.

Round and round she goes, but where NFIP ends up, nobody knows

Thu Jan 30th, 2014 on     Insurance Law,    

The time has come, it seems, to talk of flood insurance rate hike delays, of months or years and agent licensing and economically distressed policyholders — and, as Lewis Carroll would add, whether pigs have wings. The debate over the rate hikes associated with implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act continues in both the House and the Senate, and the White House has chimed in as well.

NFIP reforms causing ripple effect in South Florida

Fri Aug 30th, 2013 on     Insurance Law,    

The National Flood Insurance Program is a program managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Congress made some changes in 2012 that are prompting a big reaction in South Florida. Properties that are mortgaged and fall in a flood zone require flood insurance, and in Miami, that means a lot of people pay these premiums. In fact, 37 percent of all flood insurance policies cover properties in Florida, and 47,362 of those properties can be found in Miami-Dade County.

FIO, Part 4: Insurers wait, consumers wonder

Wed Aug 28th, 2013 on     Insurance Law,    

We are wrapping up our discussion of the responsibilities, accountabilities and jurisdiction of the Federal Insurance Office. The FIO was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and insurance companies are wondering what exactly to make of it.

Insurers await modernization report; consumers wonder what FIO is – 3

Tue Aug 20th, 2013 on     Insurance Law,    

The insurance industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the country. As a result, insurers did not warmly embrace the idea of the Federal Insurance Office, created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The federal government had to make it clear that the FIO would not be another regulator and would have only limited powers to affect an insurance company’s operations.

Insurers await modernization report; consumers wonder what FIO is – 2

Fri Aug 16th, 2013 on     Insurance Law,    

We are discussing insurance regulation in the wake of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The federal government has traditionally not had a lot to do with the day-to-day operation of the insurance industry, thanks in part to the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945. But Dodd-Frank established something called the Federal Insurance Office, and insurance companies, state regulators and consumers alike are wondering what exactly the agency’s role is.

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