PIA Statement on NFIP Extension to Sept. 30, 2021 in Federal Funding Bill
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 — The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents issued the following news release:
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) is praising the House for including a year-long extension of the National Flood Insurance Program in its FY 21 continuing resolution.
The U.S. House voted 359-57 (with one member voting present) on the evening of September 22nd to pass the continuing resolution (CR) legislation to fund the federal government to December 11th. Notably for PIA members and consumers, the CR includes an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until next year, to September 30th, 2021. The program is set to expire next week on September 30th.
“PIA National thanks the House for including a year-long extension of the National Flood Insurance Program in the continuing resolution,” said Jon Gentile, vice president of government relations at PIA National. “PIA National has been working throughout the summer with policymakers on extending the NFIP for as long as possible. This is particularly important given that 2020 has been one of the busiest hurricane seasons on record. Now is not the time for policyholders to be uncertain about their flood coverage,” Gentile said.
PIA National is urging the Senate to pass the CR and for the president to sign it into law as soon as possible to avoid a lapse of the NFIP next week, which is scheduled to expire at midnight on September 30.
The history of NFIP extensions has been messy. The program was extended 17 times between 2008 and 2012, when the previous five-year reauthorization was signed into law. Currently, the NFIP is on its 15th short-term extension since Sept. 2017. The NFIP lapsed briefly three times in 2018 alone; unfortunately, even short lapses can have a negative effect on consumers.
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