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Colorado Adopts Stronger Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 8/5/22 1:33 PM

ACLI President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-CO Political Action Committee Chair and Government Relations Committee member Brent Jones issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Colorado Division of Insurance:

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Press Release
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NAIFA Works to Lessen the Impact of CMS Final Rule

By Mike Hedge on 7/26/22 11:37 AM

In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule which revises the Medicare Advantage (Part C) program and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) program regulations to implement changes related to marketing and communications, past performance, Star Ratings, network adequacy, medical loss ratio reporting, special requirements during disasters or public emergencies, and pharmacy price concessions.  

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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Advocacy Rewind: Spotlight on NAIFA-Nebraska

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 7/25/22 5:41 PM

On March 1, 2022, NAIFA-Nebraska hosted their successful Legislative Day event in Lincoln. NAIFA-NE members in attendance received briefings from:

Topics: State Advocacy
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NAIFA Favors Federal Privacy Protections But Urges Changes to Draft Proposal

By NAIFA on 7/19/22 5:45 PM

NAIFA and other trade associations have sent a letter to influential members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing concerns with the discussion draft of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, which is a national uniform privacy law proposal.

NAIFA supports federal laws and regulations protecting the confidentiality of personal information and believes policy at the federal level will help avoid problems a variety of confusing and potentially contradictory state laws would cause. NAIFA members provide financial products, services, and advice to Main Street American families and businesses. Their clients entrust them with sensitive personal information, so it is among the highest priorities for our industry that we keep that information secure.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy

Get Out the Vote Resources Now Available

By NAIFA on 7/18/22 10:00 AM

Whether you're new to political advocacy or a grassroots leader, NAIFA's Get Out the Vote is a great resource for everything you need to know about NAIFA's political advocacy. Find information on polling dates and locations, ballot measures, and your elected officials. Brush up on Government 101 or find the text of individual bills—this site has useful information for everyone.

Topics: Advocacy
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SECURE Notarization Amendment Offered for NDAA

By Mike Hedge on 7/15/22 1:30 PM

The NAIFA-supported SECURE Notarization Act was filed with Rules as an amendment (AMDT #543) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on July 8 by Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), and Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX).

 

NAIFA joined with industry partners in a letter to express strong support for NDAA amendment #543. The text of the amendment is taken from H.R. 3962, the SECURE Notarization Act, which has the strong, bipartisan support of 113 cosponsors. 

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Expands its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts through New Outreach to Financial Services Professionals and Prospective Professionals

By NAIFA on 7/15/22 7:47 AM

NAIFA Invites Women and Hispanic Agents and Advisors to Two New Programs in August

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) has announced the addition of two programs that will run on Tuesday, August 16th pre-conference to its upcoming Apex event being held in Phoenix, Arizona. The sessions focus on raising awareness for state, interstate, and federal advocacy and stress the importance of financial advisors to get involved, starting with voting, in the political process.

Topics: Diversity & Inclusivity
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NAIFA's O'Gara Asks DOL to Preserve Advisors' Independent Status

By NAIFA on 6/30/22 12:03 PM

Josh O'Gara, CLU, ChFC, CFP, loyal member since 2011, spoke on behalf of NAIFA during the U.S. Department of Labor's virtual public forum on the classification of employees and independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. NAIFA strongly supports an exemption for insurance and financial professionals under any legislation or DOL regulation that would reclassify independent contractors as employees.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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New Law in Hawaii Strengthens Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 6/23/22 8:43 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Hawaii Government Relations Chair Cynthia Takenaka issued the following joint statement on legislation signed into law in Hawaii that strengthens protections for annuity consumers:

Topics: Annuities NAIC Model Regulation NAIFA-HI
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New Law in Hawaii Strengthens Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 6/21/22 4:30 PM

ACLI President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-HI Government Relations Chair Cynthia Takenaka issued the following joint statement on legislation signed into law in Hawaii that strengthens protections for annuity consumers:

“The new law approved by the legislature and signed by Governor David Ige strengthens protections for consumers in the Aloha State looking to secure lifetime income through annuities.

“The new law adds to the national momentum behind enhanced protections for annuity consumers. Hawaii becomes the 27th state to implement the ‘best interest of consumer enhancements’ in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation. These new laws and regulations also align with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest, providing robust consumer protections at the state and federal level.

“Unlike a fiduciary-only approach, these measures ensure that all savers, particularly financially vulnerable middle-income Americans, can access information about different choices for long-term security in retirement. A recent survey finds that middle-income retirement savers would be very concerned about a regulation keeping them from accessing the professional financial guidance they want and need.

“The U.S. Congress reaffirmed the importance of lifetime income when it passed legislation in 2019 that made it easier for employers to include annuities in workplace retirement plans. These protections safeguard consumers while also ensuring that middle- and working-class families will retain access to easy-to-understand financial information.

“We hope more states implement these sensible protections so more consumers working to secure their family’s financial future can benefit from a best interest standard of care, no matter where they live.”

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Press Release

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