PIA Testifies at House NFIP Hearing

PIA National Secretary Ariel Rivera testifying before the House Financial Services Committee The House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance held a hearing earlier today entitled, “Reauthorization and Reform of the National Flood Insurance Program.” Testifying on behalf of PIA was Ariel Rivera, Secretary of PIA and founder and agency principal …

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NFA Conference, Note on Statutory Caps, & Upcoming Trainings: A Flood Roundup

PIA recently joined the National Flood Association (NFA), and, late last month, Lauren Pachman, PIA’s Counsel & Director of Regulatory Affairs, represented PIA at the NFA’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event assembled experts across all aspects of flood insurance for a two-and-a-half-day conference, where attendees learned not only from the specialists lined up …

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PIA Supports Bill to Create Transparency in RR 2.0 Rates

PIA strongly supports the Flood Insurance Pricing Transparency Act, a bill introduced this week by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).   FEMA recently updated the risk rating methodology it uses to price flood insurance premiums for policies issued by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The new methodology, known as Risk Rating (RR) …

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PIA of Louisiana Meets with Congress on Risk Rating 2.0, NFIP Reauthorization

Members of the PIA of Louisiana met with members of their congressional delegation earlier this week to discuss the risk rating methodology, known as Risk Rating (RR) 2.0, now being used by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and its effect on communities around Louisiana. PIA of Louisiana also highlighted the need for a long-term …

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PIA of Florida Urges NFIP Reauthorization & Updates Hill on Risk Rating 2.0

Members of the PIA of Florida spent this week urging members of their Congressional delegation to pass a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as part of PIA’s 2022 Advocacy Day. Their efforts this week were part of PIA’s 2022 series of year-round, state-specific advocacy events that offer agents the chance to …

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Risk Rating 2.0: Frequently Asked Questions (last updated 12/22/21)

When Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0) went into effect for new (and some renewing) NFIP policies, we created this series of Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!) that we hope will help to inform and guide your decision making as you familiarize yourself with RR 2.0. Please note: The information contained herein is current as of the …

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Bipartisan Calls to Delay Risk Rating 2.0 Grows With Senate Letter to FEMA

On September 15, PIA became the first national insurance association to ask Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Deanne Criswell to delay the scheduled Oct. 1 implementation of Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0). While PIA supports RR 2.0, the more details FEMA released about its implementation, the more concerned we became about the planned rollout. We highlighted …

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PIA Seeks Delay in Risk Rating 2.0 Implementation

Earlier today, PIA became the first national insurance association to ask Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Deanne Criswell to delay the implementation of Risk Rating 2.0. In previous blog posts, we have discussed the value of the new Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0) methodology, which is scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1, …

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The Risk Rating 2.0 Flood Insurance Manual Has Arrived

As anticipated, the Risk Rating 2.0 Flood Insurance Manual (FIM) was released on Sept. 1. An update to the existing FIM was released at the same time, as was a final version of the Industry Transition Memo (ITM). Here is what you need to know about each. Industry Transition Memo The ITM, linked above, explains …

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Risk Rating 2.0: Into the Weeds

We know many National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) agents have concerns about shepherding their clients through the transition to Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0). As part of our effort to disseminate information about RR 2.0 to our agents, PIA will be using this space to share information about RR 2.0 and upcoming trainings provided by …

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