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Why the NFIP is $25 Billion in Debt – REASON # 1 – Billions in Wind Claims transferred over to NFIP Policyholders

Representative Taylor – Miss.  testified, in Congress in 2010, that Billions of Wind Claims during Katrina were fraudulently moved over to the NFIP as flood claims.  He goes on to explain the claims process and how the insurance companies manipulate it and underpay us or move the burden to pay from the private insurers -Wind Claim to a Flood Claim where NFIP policyholders have to pick up the cost.  Watch below or here

There was an attorney that took this case to litigation.  And after a decade of litigation, since Katrina, that Wind Claims were fraudulently changed by adjusters and insurance companies to Flood Claims.   The insurance companies were fighting this tooth and nail.  There were billions at stake….  This one lawfirm Weisbrod, Matteis and Copley took the litigation to the Supreme Court and won!

Read the full article here.  Supreme Court Upholds Hurricane Katrina Fraud Verdict Against State Farm

Pictured below are Rigsby Sisters (Whistleblowers), August Matties, Esq and George Kasimos.

 

                                                                         

 

 

Thank You August Matteis, Esq. and everyone at Weisbrod, Matteis and Copley who tenaciously fought this lawsuit of insurance abuse against NFIP policyholders.

 

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“Flood Insurance Bill Could Trigger Housing Crisis: Trade Groups” – Bloomberg News

“House Republicans’ plan to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) could lead to unaffordable premiums and a foreclosure crisis, according to real estate agents and bankers.

The concerns are aimed at H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee. The bill would strip federal flood insurance eligibility from certain properties that flood repeatedly, some expensive properties, and new properties built in designated flood zones. The measure was approved by the full committee 30-26 on June 15, with all Democrats and one Republican opposed.

The bill “could lead to the same consumer confusion, sticker shock, and market disruptions experienced following the passage of the Biggert-Waters Act in 2012,” William E. Brown, president of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), told Bloomberg BNA in an email. “For that reason, it does not have our support.

H.R. 2874 is part of a seven-bill lineup that the committee’s Republicans are planning to use to reauthorize and overhaul the NFIP, which expires Sept. 30. The committee will meet June 21 to mark up the other bills.

The NFIP is nearly $25 billion in debt to the Treasury, in large part because of its subsidies for properties in the flood-prone areas. Congress tried to push the program toward solvency in 2012 by mandating the raising of premiums to match the actuarial risk posed. Lawmakers faced backlash for the sharp rate hikes, however, and were forced to drastically slow the increases two years later through the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (Pub. L. No. 113-89). Some business groups are warning of a repeat scenario if Duffy’s bill, which aims to lower the burden on taxpayers, isn’t amended.

Democratic proposals to keep flood insurance affordable were rejected by the Republicans during markup, committee ranking member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said.

“The Duffy bill would restrict flood insurance coverage, increase costs, and open the door to cherry-picking by the private sector,” Waters said in a June 20 statement.

Duffy’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment on the criticism.

Foreclosure Crisis

Bankers expressed “grave concerns” over the Duffy proposal.

“As borrowers lose NFIP coverage, and especially if alternative private coverage is not available or affordable, these properties will lose value and the risk of abandonment and/or foreclosure increases dramatically,” the American Bankers Association (ABA) told full committee chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Waters in a letter before the markup.

“In some flood prone communities, this could lead to local or regional foreclosure crisis,” the ABA letter said.

The Chamber of Commerce had concerns about the overall series of bills.

“[T]he broader legislative package would attempt to force various consumers into trying to find coverage in a new, untested private market by eliminating their eligibility for coverage under the NFIP,” the Chamber said in a letter to Hensarling and Waters provided to Bloomberg BNA.

The NAR, ABA, and the Chamber all expressed support for various parts of the Republicans’ other NFIP bills”

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“Flood insurance plans unites Senators Rubio, Warren but upsets Insurance Agent” – #SAFEFlood Bill

You know its a true Bi-Partisan bill when Senator Rubio and Senator Warren are both co sponsors of the #SAFEflood bill.

 

This bill also caps fees collected by Flood Insurance Agents.

 

Here is a copy of the full #SAFEFlood bill

 Read the full story here posted in the Palm Beach Post

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Kennedy and George Kasimos interviewed on WWL-TV concerning the “SAFE” Flood Insurance Bill

This bill is, by far, the most policyholder friendly bill.

It has the most widespread bi-partisan support in the Senate.

Please call your congressmen and Senators and demand they support the “SAFE” Flood Insurance bill.

Watch the full newscast below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Should Flood Insurance Premiums be Capped at $3,000 or $10,000 Per Year?

Flood insurance reform and re authorization are bills are currently being discussed  in Congress.

 

One of the issues is capping the maximum price a homeowner can pay.

 

Congressman Zeldin – NY strongly feels a $10,000 cap is appropriate.  (Mr. Zeldin’s district includes the Hamptons in LI, NY).

 

Watch the video of Congresswoman Donovan -NY- pleading for Congressman Zeldin to bring the cap down to something more reasonable, but he declined.

 

 

 

 

 

We strongly urge our members, from across the country to call Mr. Zeldin’s office (202) 225-3826   and your congressman’s office ( http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ ) and tell them you want “the $3,000 flood insurance cap”.  

Video of  Congresswoman Waters discussing lowering the Cap to $3,000 a year

Please share this email, facebook and twitter post with your fellow flood zone neighbors.

 

All 22,000 flood zone communities and 5.1 million flood policy holders must work together to KEEP FLOOD INSURANCE AFFORDABLE.

 

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