Member Spotlight: Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

John Boozman was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Prior to serving in the Senate, he represented the people of the Third District of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives for eight years. Before his service in Congress, Sen. Boozman was an optometrist, owning a private practice with his brother. Sen. Boozman attended …

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PIA Action Alert: NFIP Set to Expire September 30, 2022

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on September 30, 2022, unless its authorization is extended by Congress. The program’s most recent five-year reauthorization expired on September 30, 2017, nearly five years ago. Leading up to that deadline, the 115th Congress was unable to agree on reforms to the program. As a result, …

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FEMA Stokes Agent Concern Over Online NFIP Sales Proposal

Recently, the procurement office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) quietly issued a request for information (RFI) regarding a proposal to offer consumers the option of purchasing a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy online. The RFI provides some background on the history of the NFIP and its recent implementation of its Risk Rating …

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PIA Action Alert: Tell Congress to Protect Medicare Recipients’ Access to Licensed Agents

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized its updated Medicare Program: Contract Year 2023 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs. The rule made significant changes to existing marketing requirements for both Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans. PIA, along with other agent groups, …

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Agent Groups Oppose New Medicare Rule

PIA, along with other agent groups, including the National Association of Health Underwriters, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to its “Medicare Program: Contract Year 2023 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs,” which was finalized in May. The rule …

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PIA, Business Groups, Oppose Harmful Tax Provisions in Inflation Bill

PIA today joined with more than 70 business groups in a letter to Congressional leadership to oppose the Senate-passed Inflation Reduction Act due to tax provisions that would harm small businesses. The Inflation Reduction Act passed the Senate over the weekend, and includes provisions related to climate issues, the cost of prescription drugs and changes …

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FIO Directives Excluded from Senate Funding Bill—For Now

As we noted last week, the House recently passed its Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which included several troubling directives to the Federal Insurance Office (FIO). The bill would have directed the FIO to gather data on property damage exclusions in homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies, examine the impact …

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Recent Bills Threaten State Insurance Regulation

Recent Congressional activity has included the consideration of bills that threaten the effective state insurance regulatory system. First, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) (H.R. 8152) passed out of the House Energy and Commerce committee earlier this week. The ADPPA would create a national standard for data privacy and, in doing so, preempt …

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Bill Introduced in Senate to Extend NFIP for One Year

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) recently introduced S. 4533, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Extension Act of 2022, with Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) as cosponsors. The legislation would prevent the NFIP from expiring on September 30, 2022 by extending it for one year until September 30, 2023. Throughout …

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PIA New York Advocates for NFIP Extension, Reform

Members of the PIA of New York met with members of their congressional delegation last week to discuss reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The meetings took place as part of PIA’s rolling year-round 2022 Advocacy Days. PIA NY members noted that Congress must be sure to extend the authorization of the NFIP so …

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