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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Low-income Americans to receive flood insurance cost support

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The Biden administration’s budget includes a plan for helping people to purchase the coverage. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the President Biden is seeking to bring down the flood insurance cost for low-income Americans. The budget proposes a new program that would provide $358 million to support the effort next year. That money would help low-income families to cover their flood insurance cost and to take additional action to prevent their properties from flooding. This new program was a…

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Florida flood insurance rates are too low, says recent study

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New research shows that the National Flood Insurance Program is undercharging property owners. Florida flood insurance rates aren’t as high as they need to be to reflect the risk associated with the property, says the results of a recent study. It indicates that the National Flood Insurance Program is undercharging people and that it could justifiably raise its rates. Undercharging Floridians means that it is more affordable for people to live in dangerous locations. The Florida flood insurance rate findings were made following a new analysis by First Street Foundation.…

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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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National Flood Insurance Program Gets Brief Renewal from Congress

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The House of Representatives gained a two week extension for the federal flood insurance. Congress extended the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by two weeks after it failed to pass a $19 billion disaster aid bill. The House of Representatives was seeking unanimous consent for the bill which contained a flood insurance reauthorization provision. NFIP had been set to expire as of Friday, but the two week extension was granted in time. With less than six hours left before the National Flood Insurance Program, the fast-track unanimous consent vote approved…

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The federal flood insurance program is broken and the repairs will be costly

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NFIP is now fifty years old but the program has not undergone a healthy aging process. The subsidized federal flood insurance program is half a century old and is in dire need of fixes – or potentially a complete overhaul – that will, unfortunately, be unavoidably expensive. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has become increasingly costly and unsustainable. Federal flood insurance faced its second highest ever claim year in 2017. Hurricanes Florence, Harvey ad Michael placed the spotlight back onto the NFIP’s fundamental flaws. Insurance industry models show a…

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