Flood insurance program risks expiry (again) as hurricane season starts

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Seven million homes are at risk of damage from Atlantic storms and coverage may be up in the air again. After already facing a named storm this year, the flood insurance program is back in the spotlight. Yet again, after the disaster – both left behind by weather and in the expiration of the program – in 2017, the coverage program is due to expire. Last year brought record-breaking damages from natural disasters and the full totals aren’t in yet. This year, Americans are feeling less confident about their safety…

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John Oliver describes Flood Insurance Program failures via talking seagull

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As hurricanes and flooding becomes increasingly problematic Oliver brought NFIP into the spotlight. The most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focused on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and its current widespread failings. This episode arrived at a time in which the issue is exceptionally relevant but isn’t necessarily in the public’s eye. NFIP is struggling from all sides and is in dire need of reform at the same time that floods plague the country. “Floods were everywhere this summer,” explained Oliver. Although they may…

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Flood insurance program cuts may pay for Trump’s Mexican border wall

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Funding reductions to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may divert cash to cover the wall. Reports published by Politico and the Washington Post based on internal budget documents they recently obtained could mean money from the flood insurance program will be diverted to cover President Trump’s border wall between the United States and Mexico. This could mean that, when all is said and done, coastal states may end up paying for a chunk of the wall’s cost. The reports found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is…

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National Flood Insurance Program provides homeowners with helpful tips

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In response to the flooding in Illinois and Missouri, the NFIP has offered advice with regards to what can be done. The National Flood Insurance Program has recently responded to the damaging flooding in Illinois and Missouri and, as a part of this effort, it has issued a list of tips to people who have been affected by the rising waters in order to provide them with recommendations with regards to what they should be doing both during and after the floods. Officials from NFIP want to improve education about…

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Flood insurance policy ownership plummets in California

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Due to the ongoing droughts, Californians just don’t see the reason to pay for this coverage. As both state and local officials have now been saying that the droughts that California has been facing may, in fact, be a “new normal” for the state, flood insurance ownership has fallen by 12 percent. An estimated 30,000 insurance policies have been cancelled as they are no longer viewed as worth the price. The decrease by 12 percent has happened from 2012 until now. The reason is that the reduction in rainfall and…

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National Flood Insurance Program continues to struggle from financial losses

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10 years after Hurricane Katrina, federal program is still financially crippled More than 10 years have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the United States, and many homeowners are still reeling from the damage caused by the catastrophe. Homeowners faced one of the most expensive disasters in the history of the country and its insurance industry, with some $80 billion in losses, with another $16.1 billion in flood insurance claims. The hurricane, as well as other storms that hit the country between 2008 and 2012, caused serious problems to the National…

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Flood insurance rates set to rise

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Homeowners and businesses will see an increase in their coverage costs Flood insurance rates are expected to rise soon, with homeowners in risk-prone areas being hit the hardest by the increase. While flood protection costs have been mitigated for a time, higher rates were inevitable in order to ensure that the National Flood Insurance Program from its financial problems. Per the provisions of the Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which had initially halted the rise in insurance premiums, new surcharges will be issued on properties with flood protection. Primary residences will…

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FEMA official reports insurance fraud evidence

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According to the “60 Minutes” news magazine, a top official has seen evidence suggesting wrongful settlement denials. A recent report from “60 Minutes”, the respected news magazine from CBS, a top official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stated that he has witnessed evidence of insurance fraud within the reports that were made to deny settlements to victims of superstorm Sandy. In an interview that was televised last night (Sunday), the official made it clear that the evidence does exist. Within the CBS program, the deputy associate administrator…

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Flood insurance claims probe sought by New Jersey Senator

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U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez feels that victims of Superstorm Sandy were shortchanged by insurers. According to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (New Jersey), the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) should be conducting an investigation into allegations that are being made that flood insurance companies that have been handling the flooding damage claims from Superstorm Sandy are manipulating the situation in order to shortchange policyholders. Senator Menendez held a press conference from his office in Newark, New Jersey. At the press conference, Senator Menendez called for Craig Fugate, the FEMA Administrator, to…

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Flood Insurance is a Problem in the U.S.

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Flood insurance remains a problematic issue that relatively few people are paying attention to in the United States. For homeowners, this type of insurance coverage comes from the federal government, issued through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This program is managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. NFIP is typically the only place to find flood protection, but the program is suffering from crippling debt and management issues that make it less than ideal for those wanting to be protected from natural disasters. An estimated 20% of homeowners throughout…

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