FEMA Makes Available More Agent Training Sessions on Risk Rating 2.0

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is the primary source for flood insurance in the United States. Over the past few years, FEMA has been updating the NFIP’s risk rating process using a new methodology known as Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0). It is scheduled …

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PIA Objects to Attempts to Reduce or Repeal Passthrough Tax Deduction

PIA recently joined a coalition of business groups to express our continued support of the 20-percent tax deduction for the qualified business income of qualifying passthroughs businesses, or S corporations. The 20 percent deduction was established by the 2017 tax reform law. PIA actively advocated for the passage of the 2017 tax bill (Public Law No. …

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PIA Opposes Narrowing “Independent Contractor” Definition for Unemployment Insurance

PIA is raising concerns about the draft legislative text of the Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act, which is being championed by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and addresses unemployment insurance reform. Specifically, the discussion draft would require states to use the “ABC test” to determine whether a worker is considered an …

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Risk Rating 2.0 Dominates Second Senate Hearing on NFIP Reauthorization

On June 17, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a second hearing on the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The first hearing was held in May. The hearing featured the testimony of David I. Maurstad, the Deputy Associate Administrator of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), …

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Biden Administration Gives Federal Insurance Office New Responsibilities

The Federal Insurance Office (FIO), created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), is an ongoing threat to the state insurance regulatory system. Back in 2016, PIA was the first national insurance association to advocate for the full repeal of the FIO. In pursuit of that work, PIA led the …

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No Cuts to Crop Insurance in Biden Budget Request

The Biden administration released its fiscal year 2022 (FY22) budget request on May 28. The Budget request is released every year by each administration and amounts to a wish list of what that administrations’ funding priorities are for the year. While it is never enacted exactly as it is released, a budget request sets the …

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