Lawmakers seek to postpone reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program

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Congressmen aim to halt needed reforms in order to limit the growth of premiums Federal lawmakers are looking to make changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but some are pushing to postpone much needed reforms. Representatives David Jolly and Gus Bilirakis have introduced a new measure that seeks to put reforms for the federal program on hold. NFIP is currently $23 billion in debt, with no practical way to repay this money. Congress has been working to resolve the program’s financial issues for some time, but proposed reforms…

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Flood insurance premiums to grow in the US

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Homeowners will face higher flood premiums as of April 1 Flood insurance premiums in the United States are set to spike on April 1. Those with coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will see higher rates as the program continues to recover from its massive $24 billion debt. Much of the debt came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. These two disasters caused significant financial damage, which NFIP has been unable to recover from despite action taken by Congress. Consumers believe higher rates may be…

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Lawmakers work to bring reform to the National Flood Insurance Program

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Lawmakers are fighting to change and improve NFIP Federal lawmakers are again attempting to introduce reforms to the country’s troubled National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Earlier this month, the House Financial Services Committee granted approval for the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act. The legislation has won support from several lawmakers and is designed to mitigate the cost of flood protection. The legislation will also ensure that those seeking a mortgage for their property are treated the same when purchasing flood policies from the private market as they are…

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Disasters place more attention on the National Flood Insurance Program

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Severe flooding has placed more focus on the federal flood insurance program Devastating floods in Missouri and Texas have highlighted, yet again, the problems that exist with the National Flood Insurance Program. In December, floods throughout the Midwest and Southwest caused several millions of dollars in property damage, as well as claiming more than 40 lives. The damage caused by these disasters has added to the financial strain that the National Flood Insurance Program is facing. The federal program is currently $23 billion in debt, with lawmakers failing to resolve…

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Flood insurance payouts headed to some Sandy victims

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People who showed that they were not adequately compensate after the super-storm are receiving some validation. Following the flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy, thousands of homeowners complained that they were not receiving adequate compensation from the federal coverage program, but that is about to change. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be issuing payments to many of those property owners. It is now three years after the storm slammed its way across the eastern seaboard and the flood insurance review that was launched in the spring by the…

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Flood insurance returns to the limelight in the US

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Storms draw more attention to flood protection Recent storms in the United States have, again, brought flood insurance into the limelight. In South Carolina, many homeowners and businesses are reeling from the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, which has lead to loss of life and major property damage in the state. Almost three years ago, Hurricane Sandy hit the country as well, causing major damage in New York and New Jersey and becoming one of the most disastrous natural catastrophes that the country had ever seen. Both of these powerful storms…

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Private flood insurance market may be emerging in the US

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Call for a private insurance market for those seeking flood protection has been issued Homeowners in the United States may soon have an alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program. For many years, the federal program has been the only place where homeowners could find flood protection. The problem, however, is that the program has been crippled by serious financial problems that have prevented it from performing its duties effectively. The program has also been embroiled in legal issues concerning the way it has handled insurance claims associated with 2012’s…

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