Higher cost of flood insurance causes massive coverage dropping trend

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FEMA’s program overhaul in 2021 sent prices skyward, causing hundreds of thousands to drop out. In 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted an overhaul of its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to encourage homeowners to purchase coverage due to the more precise risk their property faced from flooding. So far, the result appears to be rising rates and hundreds of thousands of people dropping existing coverage. Homeowners that had been purchasing their flood insurance coverage through FEMA have widely dropped their policies, leading to a concerning number of…

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Louisiana home insurance customers with UPC might need new policies soon

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Commissioner Donelon said that the first to be affected are those with Freddie Mac-backed mortgages. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging home insurance policyholders to find out if they are likely to lose their home insurance through UPC and to take action early if so. Florida-based United Property and Casualty is the latest insurer to find itself struggling in the state. The home insurance company will stop writing new policies in Louisiana starting January 1, 2023. “That is because their financial rating has been downgraded, to the point where…

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Oregon regulators say new wildfire risk map won’t raise insurance rates

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State officials said that they don’t intend to use the new map for purposes that include determining coverage. According to regulators in Oregon, the new wildfire risk map created for the state will not lead to increased insurance rates as has been the worry among many home and business owners. Financial regulators released a statement saying that the speculations of this nature are unfounded. The story was covered by Live Insurance News earlier this month, as predictions of increased insurance rates abounded. That said, according to regulators, insurers in the…

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Flood insurance uncommon among Kentucky homeowners under water

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With dozens of people dead and rain still in the forecast, the area hasn’t been known for this type of flooding. Regions of Kentucky have suffered profoundly as a result of extensive and ongoing flooding, a situation that has only been made worse because there is very little flood insurance coverage throughout the affected areas. Hundreds of homes flooded, primarily badly, and residents were left waiting to assess the damage. While flood insurance is often purchased in parts of the country at a higher risk of damage from these natural…

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Some Oregon home policy rates to rise due to wildfire insurance risk

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The state recently published a map to show which properties are at the highest and extreme level risks. After the catastrophic season in 2020, Oregon has moved ahead with strategies to advise people as to whether they are living in vulnerable areas, in a move that might send home wildfire insurance rates upward. While people did want to now if their properties were at an extreme risk of blazes during the summertime. While the new maps have been seen as informative and helpful, certain homeowners, particularly those in rural parts…

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California Wildfire insurance expansion act passes House

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HR 8483 has now passed the House and will require studies by FEMA and the GAO. House Committee on Financial Services Chair Rep Maxine Waters (D) has announced that “The Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act” has passed the House, including her bill HR 8483, “The Wildfire Insurance Coverage Study Act of 2022”. The next step will involve studies to provide assessments regarding the rising danger of the blazes. HR 8483 will require that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct assessment studies to…

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Will stopgap measure dig Florida home insurance market out of crisis?

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Regulators have announced a plan using Citizens to avoid consequences of financial ratings agency downgrades. Regulators have announced that they will be using Citizens as a part of a Florida home insurance stopgap plan in the hopes of avoiding the ramifications of financial ratings agency downgrades across several property insurers. The plan is meant to provide a temporary fix, making sure residents will maintain their coverage. The Florida home insurance stopgap plan will use the state’s insurer of last resort, Citizens, as a financial backstop. The insurer will take on…

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