Flood insurance rate increases will affect 81 percent of policyholders

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FEMA’s NFIP overhaul was intended to increase premiums primarily for larger, high-value homes. A year ago, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency overhauled the National Flood Insurance Program it expected that larger, high-value homes would see most of the rate increases. It anticipated that about 90 percent of policyholders would either keep their existing rates or would even experience a reduction in their premiums. This month, when the changes went into effect, the situation proved to be considerably different. Now that the changes in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)…

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Central Pacific Hurricane Season has started, so it’s policy review time

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Insurance companies in Hawaii are reminding homeowners to ensure they’re covered. The Central Pacific Hurricane Season has begun, and Hawaii insurers are reminding homeowners to make sure they have adequate insurance coverage. The state insurance commissioner has also reminded owners and renters to review their policies. Reviewing a policy at least once per year to ensure that coverages and exclusions are appropriate for covering a homeowners property and possessions is highly recommended. Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Colin Hayashida has reminded state residents of the importance of this annual practice, particularly as…

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Climate change is likely increasing flood insurance rates quite a bit this year

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The federal government is examining the cost of coverage on April 1, with data suggesting premium hikes. Much of the country is expected to see increasing flood insurance rates this year in order to cover rapidly rising costs resulting from climate change, according to new data that will create a substantial political struggle for the Biden administration. NFIP would need to raise its premiums by four times for covering high-risk homes in floodplains. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will need to send its premiums sky high in certain areas…

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National Flood Insurance Program problems remain despite recent extension

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NFIP continues to be riddled with challenges even as the White House pushed its expiry date. Last week, the White House signed a resolution to extend NFIP, but the National Flood Insurance Program problems are still there regardless. NFIP’s latest extension will keep it from expiring until September 30, 2021. Of course, giving it another year hasn’t made all the other National Flood Insurance Program problems disappear. Still, at least it has purchased another twelve months in which to protect those in high risk areas from having to go without…

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Severe weather damage in the US hits the $4 billion mark

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Hailstorms and other disasters have caused quite a bit of destruction already in 2020, says Aon. Severe weather damage from events across the United States have led to substantial costs for insurers. A sizeable portion of the $4 billion estimated economic cost is covered by insurance policies. Much or the severe weather damage caused by storms have involved hail, according to the monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report from Aon. A substantial storm outbreak struck the Plains, Midwest and Southeast on May 4 and 5. This event primarily affected parts of…

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NFIP improvement bipartisan flood insurance bill in the works in Louisiana

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In the wake of Hurricane Barry, state senators are working on a strategy to improve the flawed program. Hurricane Barry may not have been a worst case scenario in Louisiana, but the damage it left behind has driven senators to push harder for a bipartisan flood insurance bill overhaul. NFIP has been problematic for quite some time, but the senators are hoping to make it better. Despite some flooding and damage left behind by Barry, Senator Bill Cassidy pointed out that Louisiana could have fared much worse. The storm corrected…

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Buy flood insurance now as opposed to waiting, says FEMA

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is telling people not to delay before purchasing coverage. FEMA has issued a recommendation to homeowners, instructing them to buy flood insurance today instead of waiting to make their decision at a later date. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that now is a good time for buying this coverage. The policies to which FEMA referred are through the National Flood Insurance Program. Among the top reasons FEMA is saying that homeowners should buy flood insurance now instead of later is that there is a…

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