FEMA moves forward with its own flood insurance changes

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided to take NFIP tweaks into its own hands. The Federal Emergency Management Agency revealed its intentions to make a number of flood insurance changes. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is facing massive and rising debt levels. There are many flaws in the program causing it to become unnecessarily expensive. Therefore, FEMA decided to help make changes to bring significant funding back to NFIP. The idea behind the latest flood insurance changes is to draw more private funds into the government-led coverage market.…

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Florida flood insurance rates are on the rise in April

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This month, homeowners will start to pay more for their coverage against water damage. Homeowners are being advised that Florida flood insurance is getting more expensive this month. In fact, the majority of residents will find themselves paying significantly more. Flood insurance premiums will be on the rise regardless of whether or not a claim has ever been made. The upward trend of Florida flood insurance rates has been worrying for the state. That said, the insurance industry is hoping to assuage consumer fears. There are still many ways that…

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Flood insurance extension to be approved through new spending package

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The good news, however, may only extend until July when a new deadline may approach once more. A new flood insurance extension will take the pressure off the program for another four months. The $1.3 trillion federal spending deal will give the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) another reprieve. This is the fourth temporary extension the NFIP has experienced since September 2017. Washington lawmakers have now given themselves until July to either create another flood insurance extension or overhaul the NFIP. The alternative would be to allow the country’s flood…

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Climate change will be challenging for insurance companies, says Moody’s

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A new report revealed the impact of warming climates worldwide on the insurance industry. The impact of climate change on the economy will have an increased liability risk for insurance companies. Catastrophes related to extreme weather are becoming more severe and frequent, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report. The report pointed to the rising instance of weather disasters like Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Moody’s Investors Service recently released a report. It investigated the economic aftermath of climate change. Insurance companies will face an increased liability risk from more frequent…

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Paramedic insurance coverage is broadening its importance in the United States

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Experts predict that this type of policy will becoming increasingly necessary, particularly for disaster scenarios. Paramedic insurance coverage is a growing industry and experts predict that this growth will only continue to head upward. This includes in cases of U.S. disasters. In fact, the extreme weather events have been among the driving forces in insurance policies for paramedics. The many different extreme weather events and natural disasters in the United States this year have led to a rising interest in paramedic insurance. That type of coverage has already seen growth…

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SmarterSafer coalition calls for U.S. flood insurance reform, facing December deadline

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Recent efforts to overhaul NFIP has reached a struggling point, but one business group wants to push ahead. The latest shot at American flood insurance reform has come across a serious obstacle in its attempts to move ahead. However, a business and environmental groups coalition has strengthened its call for an overhaul to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They’re pushing for lawmakers to make much needed changes to the program before its December expiry. The flood insurance reforms need to be made before December 8, 2017 if they are…

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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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Climate change and severe weather could increase insurance rates for everyone

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Even homeowners who don’t reside in areas struck by recent hurricanes could feel the pinch. Homeowners across America wouldn’t likely be surprised to hear that climate change and the severe weather coming with it could raise insurance rates in areas like Florida and Texas. That said, just because an area wasn’t struck by Harvey or Irma, it doesn’t mean rates won’t rise there, too. Motorists and homeowners throughout many U.S. states will likely watch premiums rise over the next while. Insurance companies are being increasingly affected by climate change. Severe…

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Hurricane Irma insurance losses may be far lower than first predicted

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Initial forecasts plotted a far more destructive path for the storm than was actually the case. Following predictions of apocalyptic Hurricane Irma insurance losses, it appears as though the storm may be costly, but nowhere near the worst case scenario. It’s still far too early for specific totals, but recent figures suggest they may be as low as $10 billion. Randy Binner, an insurance analyst, explained that while initial projections for Hurricane Irma insurance losses were as high as $100 billion, this has now been reduced to between $10 billion…

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Mar-A-Lago carries NFIP flood insurance protection

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At the same time that the federal program faces an uncertain future, the president’s Florida estate is covered by it. Mar-A-Lago, Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida estate and club, has a flood insurance policy through NFIP. The National Flood Insurance Program is the controversial program selling coverage to policies traditionally refused by private insurers due to high risk. The Mar-A-Lago mansion and other buildings were shuttered and empty following a mandatory evacuation order. Should President Donald Trump’s estate have suffered flood damage from Hurricane Irma, it is covered by NFIP.…

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