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David Cameron was confronted by a woman who accused him of a “betrayal” regarding the delay in the coverage program. United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron visited Yalding, Kent, only to be confronted by a woman named Ericka Olivares, who accused him and the Government of betraying the flooding victims through the delays in the UK flood insurance program when he had promised that premiums would be kept down. Olivares urged Cameron to push a deal forward that would make this coverage affordable. She pressured him to bring a deal…

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Insurance industry infighting may delay Congressional action on National Flood Insurance Program

A fight amongst lobbying groups could put a hold on Congress’ decision regarding the ailing National Flood Insurance Program. The program, which provides millions with access to affordable flood insurance, has been wracked with crippling debt for several years and has finally run out of money and reached a point where it could no longer be sustained. Last month, lawmakers allotted more money to the program in an effort to ensure its survival for another five years, but the plan failed when confronted by the program’s enormous debt. Lawmakers were…

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How will the National Flood Insurance Program avoid a watery grave?

As of September 30, 2011, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is due to expire for the tenth time in a period of 24 months. The NFIP is designed to provide homeowners and business owners with affordable flood insurance, and it does so within 21,000 communities across the country for over 5.6 million homes and businesses. Cleveland Area Board of Realtors co-director, Barbara Lachowicz, explained that the program is vital to a housing market that is capable of functioning properly. She went on to say that “Americans deserve access to…

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Missouri insurance agents vent frustrations over FEMA’s handling of flood insurance

In the states struggling to mitigate the damage caused by the flooding Missouri River, insurance agents are railing against FEMA. Agents claim that federal officials are at fault for causing widespread confusion amongst property owners by pressuring them to purchase flood insurance. The main issue is that these hastily solicited policies may not provide the coverage necessary to protect homeowners from the flooding river. Furthermore, several insurance companies in the affected area say that federal officials have been pressuring insurance agents to sell policies that specifically exclude any damage caused…

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