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NAIFA Reports on the State of Advocacy

By NAIFA on 2/23/24 2:33 PM

NAIFA is the leading advocacy voice for insurance and financial professionals at the federal and state levels. The association boasts members in every Congressional district and has a strong advocacy presence in every state capital. Last year, NAIFA tracked more than 490 state-level bills that had the potential to affect NAIFA members and the consumers they serve. NAIFA members or staff testified at more than 30 state-level hearings, providing real-world accounts of how policy proposals could benefit or harm the financial security of consumers. 

Topics: State Advocacy Federal Advocacy
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Register Today! NAIFA's Congressional Conference Is a Can't-Miss Event

By NAIFA on 2/18/24 5:31 PM

NAIFA's Congressional Conference shines a spotlight on NAIFA's unmatched advocacy influence and provides financial professionals with another way to serve clients' best interests. NAIFA members who meet with their members of Congress this May will not only be advocating for their own businesses but also for their colleagues, clients, and communities. Decisions made in Washinton, D.C., affect families and businesses nationwide that rely on NAIFA members for financial guidance.

Topics: Grassroots Congress Congressional Conference
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NAIFA State Legislative Days Are in Full Swing

By NAIFA on 2/16/24 5:27 PM

NAIFA state legislative days allow insurance and financial professionals to share NAIFA's grassroots message and nurture relationships with state lawmakers. Many of these events occur in the first quarter of the year. So far, NAIFA chapters in Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Washington have held successful 2024 state legislative days. Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, and South Carolina have events coming soon.

Topics: State Advocacy Grassroots
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NAIFA's Cothron: The SEC's Proposed Limits on Technology Will Harm Consumers

By NAIFA on 2/7/24 5:04 PM

Senators Ted Cruz and Bill Hagerty have introduced legislation, the Protecting Innovation in Investments Act, that would prevent the SEC from moving forward with a proposed rule that would deter technological innovation by financial services companies. The SEC's proposal would also stifle financial professionals' use of technology to benefit clients. 

The Senators, in a release entitled "What They're Saying," quoted NAIFA President Tom Cothron, LUTCF, FSCP, on the importance of technology in the financial services industry and NAIFA's opposition to the SEC proposal.

Topics: Technology SEC Federal Advocacy Supported Legislation
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NAIFA-Los Angeles Builds Long-Term Advocacy Relationships

By NAIFA on 2/7/24 1:39 PM

Lawmakers in California, and particularly in the city of Los Angeles, know the importance of life insurance and understand the critical work financial professionals do. NAIFA-Los Angeles has been key to their education. For the past 20 consecutive years, NAIFA-Los Angeles members, including the chapter’s Past President Gilbert Mares, LUTCF,  Grassroots Chair Jose Rodriguez, and President Alvin Parra, have worked with Los Angeles Mayors and members of the City Council to have September proclaimed Life Insurance Awareness Month. They have also been instrumental in getting similar proclamations issued by the state Senate and the County of Los Angeles.

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Life Happens Life Insurance Awareness Month State Advocacy Legislative Day
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Senators Call Out NAIFA's Support for Bill to Protect Innovation in Investing

By NAIFA on 2/6/24 11:46 AM

NAIFA strongly supports newly introduced legislation, the Protecting Innovation in Investment Act sponsored by U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), that would foster the use of technology and innovation in the financial services industry to benefit consumers. 

Topics: Technology Investing Federal Advocacy Supported Legislation
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NAIFA Favors Maryland Bill to Remove Insurance Pre-Licensing Hurdles

By NAIFA on 2/2/24 5:34 PM

NAIFA supports a bill in Maryland that would eliminate a pre-licensing education requirement for people applying to take the state's insurance license exams. The mandated courses are unnecessary and burdensome and they do a disservice to those pursuing an insurance career in Maryland as well as consumers. 

Topics: State Advocacy Maryland Producer Licensing & CE Supported Legislation
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NAIFA-WA Testifies at Hearing on State-Run Retirement Legislation

By NAIFA on 1/30/24 3:00 PM

NAIFA members in Washington state and across the country have dedicated their careers to ensuring their clients are well-prepared for retirement. Financial professionals offer a robust variety of products and services, working with employers and employees, alike, to provide retirement security options.

Topics: Retirement Planning State-Facilitated Retirement Plans Opposed Legislation Washington
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Reasons Abound for the DOL to Withdraw Its Fiduciary-Only Proposal

By NAIFA on 1/26/24 1:26 PM

When it comes to preparing for retirement, having choices matters. Congress, in recent years, has passed landmark legislation encouraging Americans to invest in their futures and save for retirement while giving them greater flexibility and more planning options. Now more than ever Americans need retirement planning assistance.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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Vermont Enhances Safeguards for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 1/25/24 4:02 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-Vermont President Tyler Wood issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation:

“A new rule adopted by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, led by Commissioner Kevin Gaffney, provides stronger protections to consumers seeking lifetime income through annuities. The rule enhances the standards financial professionals must follow and protects consumers' access to, and information about, annuities, the only financial product in the marketplace that can provide guaranteed income for life. 

Topics: State Advocacy Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Press Release Annuity Best Interest Vermont

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