PIA National Applauds the Passage of
Reauthorization in House Committee
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) applauds
the passage of bipartisan legislation in the House Financial Services Committee to
reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and reauthorize it for five
years. The compromise bill was released June 6 by House Financial Services Committee
Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC). The NFIP
is currently slated to expire September 30, 2019 and is on its 12th short term
extension since 2017.
"After nearly two years of seemingly never-ending short-term extensions, PIA National
thanks Chairwoman Waters and Ranking Member McHenry for working together in a bipartisan
way to pass this common-sense legislation out of the Financial Services Committee," said
PIA National vice president of government relations Jon Gentile. "Their leadership has
ended the treatment of the NFIP as a political hot potato, which has been unfair and
even dangerous for the millions of NFIP policyholders, as well as those who have been
impacted by flooding events."
The legislation recognizes and preserves the critical role of the independent agent,
provides continuous coverage protections to policyholders who leave the NFIP to purchase
a private flood policy and return to the program, makes important investments in mitigation,
and increases funds for mapping. In addition, the bill maintains grandfathering and the
gradual implementation of actuarially sound rates.
Notable for PIA members is the absence of any provision that would impede the ability of
independent agents to be fairly compensated for their work on the notoriously complicated
flood program. Such a provision was included in legislation that passed the House last
Congress. PIA National led the effort to encourage members to leave out such a provision
in the NFIP legislation passed by the committee today.
PIA Legislative Final Report
We will be sending you and updating our website as well with a final Legislative
Report, but of course most of you have already read from other forms of communications
that we lost the battles with our tort reform efforts and distracted driving bill.
While we may have lost on that front, this fall will be another opportunity to have
our voice heard. Be sure to get involved in the elections process. There will be
quite a few open seats and many are termed out to run again. That means we can have
some influence in who gets those seats. We have plenty of funds in our PAC account
and we want to give to those who will vote favorably for our issues. Be sure to
contact EVP Jody Boudreaux with anyone from your area that is running that you think
we should support. We'll also be sending our a report card of how legislators voted
on our issues this past Session and be sure to read it and respond by voting at the
polls for those that are friendly to our industry!
U.S. Had 500 Tornadoes in 30 Days
If you've been thinking that there have been a lot of tornadoes lately, you're correct.
The U.S. Storm Prediction Center reported that the United States experienced
500 tornadoes in the past 30 days
, as a trapped jet stream
in the atmosphere became "stuck in neutral." In the past seven decades, only 2003,
2004, 2008, and 2011 have faced that many tornado reports in a 30-day period, said
Bill Bunting, chief of forecast operations at the center. While he did not say it
was unprecedented, he did say, "It certainly has been unusual."
The tornadoes have been driven by larger weather patterns that also have led to
widespread rains and flooding across the Great Plains and Midwest. A low-pressure
area is stuck over the Pacific Northwest, while high pressure sits on top of the
southern states, allowing a stream of powerful winds to slice through the center,
drawing energy from the Gulf of Mexico.
Social media has given the public the means
to both record and report
tornadoes like never before, and that may be one of the reasons that the most
abundant years have all been within the past two decades, Bunting said.
NFIP's 2019 Hurricane Season Marketing Campaign
As part of PIA's ongoing partnership with The Hartford's flood insurance program,
we are proud to provide PIA members with the latest
Flood Agent eNewsletter
by The Hartford for its flood insurance agents. This month's contents address FEMA's
new hurricane season marketing campaign, October 2019 changes, and NFIP technical
In addition to The Hartford's eNewsletters, PIA members visiting
PIA's Flood Insurance Marketing Support Center
flyers to help their personal lines and commercial lines clients prepare for floods,
deal with the aftermath of flooding, and how to prepare for a visit by an adjuster.
The Hartford also provides
to help your agency market flood insurance.
PIA thanks The Hartford for making these excellent materials available to all PIA
members, regardless of their participation in PIA's flood insurance program with
PIA members who want to earn great flood insurance commissions
with a top-flight Write-Your-Own flood insurance company should consider the
PIA/Hartford flood insurance program.
To learn more about The PIA/Hartford Flood Program:
Market Access and Comparative Raters for
PIA Market Access
is a wholesale market access program
that will help PIA members access over 50 nationwide and specialty personal and
commercial lines markets from a number of admitted "A" or better-rated companies.
Agents submitting applications through the platform can receive quotes from most
of these companies through a technologically advanced personal and commercial
If agents already have their own carrier appointments but are seeking a comparative
rater, the PIA Market Access "Best of Both Worlds" Program gives agents the opportunity
to rate c/l and p/l business from their existing carrier contracts and InsureZone
contracts within the same platform. Agents retain 100% of commission from business
written through their own agency contracts.
PIA has negotiated an exclusive low monthly rate
for the use of our partner
InsureZone's technology and market access. Agents who enroll in the PIA Market Access
Program will receive the first two months free. Agents can expect to see competitive
PIA members participating in the PIA Market Access Program will retain ownership of
their book of business, and if they should choose to leave the program, there are no
InsureZone is a full-service provider that is fully staffed with underwriters to
answer agents' questions and make the sales process as smooth as possible. The program
provides insurance CSRs to make requested policy changes and the standard of service
is to begin processing all requests the same business day.
For a current list of carriers available in each state, please refer to the Carrier
PIA Market Access is available to PIA members
in all 50 states and the
District of Columbia. Carrier availability varies by state.
Learn more about PIA Market Access