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The NAIFA Advocacy Webinar, 'Tax Reform Priorities and Politics,' Is Available On Demand

By NAIFA on 6/14/24 4:44 PM

Major federal tax legislation is all but certain to be coming from Washington, D.C., in 2025. Many provisions from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) are set to expire at the end of next year and Congress will need to address the situation. This NAIFA advocacy webinar, originally produced June 13 but now available on demand, gives you a better understanding of what is being dubbed the "Super Bowl of Tax" and provides insights into some of the proposals likely to shape the debate. It provides analysis of how the political landscape and upcoming election will shape the tax reform issue.

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NAIFA Joins Coalition to Advocate for Tax-Free Employer-Provided Health Care Coverage

By NAIFA on 6/11/24 3:22 PM

NAIFA has joined forces with 70 organizations, employers, unions, patient and disease advocacy groups, and other health care stakeholders to emphasize the importance of maintaining the tax-free status of employer-provided health care coverage. In a united front, these organizations reminded Congress of the critical role this coverage plays in ensuring the health and financial security of nearly 180 million Americans.

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Join us for the Q3 State of NAIFA Webinar

By NAIFA on 6/3/24 5:06 PM

NAIFA members are invited to the Q3 State of NAIFA webinar at 12 pm Eastern, June 27, 2024. Hear updates on NAIFA's advocacy efforts, professional development programs and other membership activities designed to enhance your professional growth.

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Insurance Associations File Legal Action Challenging U.S. Department of Labor’s Fiduciary-Only Regulation

By NAIFA on 5/24/24 4:21 PM

Nine insurance trade associations filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to overturn a regulation limiting consumers' choice of financial professional and their access to retirement products that deliver protected lifetime income.

The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), NAIFA-Texas, NAIFA-Dallas, NAIFA-Fort Worth, NAIFA-POET, Finseca, Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), and National Association for Fixed Annuities (NAFA) issued the following comments on their challenge to the DOL's harmful intervention in the retirement savings marketplace and its one-size-fits-all fiduciary standard obligation on effectively every financial professional who sells retirement products:

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Financial Professionals to Advocate for Their Businesses and Clients at NAIFA’s Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 5/16/24 10:07 AM

NAIFA is hosting the 11th annual Congressional Conference May 20-21 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. The event will feature targeted advocacy training with briefings on legislative issues that affect members’ businesses, clients, and communities. Washington insiders will offer best practices for conducting Congressional meetings and tips for developing impactful long-term relationships with legislators.

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Mayeux Thanks Lawmakers for CRA Resolution Disapproving of the DOL’s Fiduciary-Only Rule

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 12:07 PM

NAIFA supports the newly introduced Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution disapproving the DOL’s final fiduciary-only rule that will negatively impact and impose new costs on middle- and low-income savers, as well as financial services professionals. CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, sent letters personally thanking Representative Rick Allen and Senators Roger Marshall, Joe Manchin, Ted Budd, and Bill Cassidy for introducing the resolution in the House and Senate, respectively. ACLI, NAIFA, Finseca, IRI and NAFA also issued a joint release supporting the CRA review.

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NAIFA's Support for Senior Protection Legislation Recognized by Member of Congress

By NAIFA on 5/13/24 10:52 AM

NAIFA supports the bipartisan Empowering States to Protect Seniors Against Bad Actors Act, which would establish a grant program at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to help states fund initiatives to protect consumers against financial scams. The grants would help states staff anti-scam enforcement offices, invest in technology, develop educational resources, and devise strategies specifically designed to protect seniors from financial exploitation and fraud.

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Please Take NAIFA’s Survey on the DOL Fiduciary-Only Rule

By NAIFA on 5/12/24 8:26 PM

An ongoing survey of NAIFA members will provide updated data to help NAIFA and our industry partners in future actions on the Department of Labor’s final fiduciary-only rule. The results will help us educate policymakers – and potentially the courts – on how the proposal will impact consumers and your business.

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NAIFA-Louisiana and Edward Jones Promote Financial Literacy Resolutions

By NAIFA on 5/2/24 12:49 PM

National Financial Literacy Month came to a close at the end of April 30, but educating consumers about the importance understanding their finances is a task NAIFA members can take to heart throughout the year. It's also has an important advocacy component. We are #NAIFAproud of members from NAIFA-Louisiana who worked in cooperation with Edward Jones and were instrumental in getting both the state House of Representatives and Senate to pass resolutions recognizing April as Financial Literacy Month in the state.

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How the DOL Fiduciary-Only Rule Will Impact Financial Professionals and Consumers

By NAIFA on 4/27/24 1:30 PM

A NAIFA Advocacy Webinar
May 2 | 2 pm eastern

The U.S. Department of Labor‘s final fiduciary-only rule will force the vast majority of financial professionals offering retirement planning services and products into a fee-for-service model, unless Congress or the courts intervene. It will deprive many consumers of the valuable option of working with professionals operating under alternative models, including those with commission-based compensation, that may better meet their needs.

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Don't Miss NAIFA's Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 4/26/24 4:31 PM

May 20-21 | Washington, D.C.
Register Today!

NAIFA's Congressional Conference shines a spotlight on NAIFA's unmatched advocacy influence and provides financial professionals with another way to serve consumers' 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 Washington, D.C., affect the financial security of  families and businesses nationwide that rely on NAIFA members for financial guidance.

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NAIFA Offers Analysis of FTC Non-Compete Rule

By NAIFA on 4/24/24 11:38 AM

The Federal Trade Commission voted 3-2 along partisan lines at an April 23 open Zoom meeting to approve its final Non-Compete Clause Rule which will ban most non-compete agreements.

The 570-page Final Rule becomes effective 120 days after it is published in the Federal Register unless a court issues an order staying that effective date while it considers challenges to the Final Rule. The Final Rule is expected to be published on April 25, 2024, and it would then become effective on August 23, 2024. Legal challenges are, however, expected to be filed immediately.

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NAIFA Responds to DOL Release of Fast-Tracked Fiduciary-Only Rule

By NAIFA on 4/23/24 1:40 PM

The Department of Labor and the White House have released a final fiduciary-only rule after an astonishingly brief regulatory and review process and in spite of grave concerns expressed by NAIFA, members of Congress, and other stakeholders. Unless Congress or the courts intervene, the rule will force the vast majority of financial professionals offering retirement planning services and products into a fee-for-service model. It will deprive consumers of the valuable option of working with professionals operating under alternative models that may better meet their needs.

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NAIFA-Arkansas Hosts State Lawmakers

By NAIFA on 4/18/24 4:26 PM

The NAIFA-Arkansas Board of Directors hosted a dinner with the state legislature's joint House and Senate Insurance & Commerce Committees. Attendees included highly influential elected officials whose decisions impact financial professionals and consumers throughout the state. At least two of the lawmakers are practicing financial professionals, who naturally understand the issues that go before the committees.

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A Flawed Regulatory Process on DOL Fiduciary-Only Rule Marginalized Public Input

By NAIFA on 4/15/24 3:24 PM

NAIFA continues efforts to discourage the Department of Labor and the administration from moving forward with its flawed fiduciary-only rule. In a letter to DOL Acting Secretary Julie A. Su, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young, and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (ORIA) Administrator Richard Revesz, NAIFA and 10 other groups detailed problems with the rule's regulatory process and asked the administration to "stand up for the integrity of the regulatory process and continue the public input process, rather than finalize the fiduciary rule now."

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NAIFA Is Making Headlines on Efforts to Oppose the DOL's Misguided Rule

By NAIFA on 4/12/24 4:45 PM

NAIFA is speaking out on behalf of financial professional and, particularly, the consumers who would be harmed by the Department of Labor's latest effort to reduce choices for Americans preparing for retirement. The fiduciary-only proposal, which is largely a rehash of a rule struck down by a federal appeals court in 2018, would radically change the financial services industry and reduce the ability of low- and middle-income retirement savers to access products and services.

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NAIFA CEO to Administration: Proposed DOL Rule ignores 'real world experience' from 2016's 'risky' Fiduciary Rule

By NAIFA on 4/10/24 9:33 AM

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) current efforts to revive a fiduciary-only regulation for financial professionals is unnecessary and likely to harm low- and middle-income consumers by limiting their access to professional financial services, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, told officials from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“By moving forward with the Proposed Rule, OIRA and DOL are ignoring … the real-world experience that NAIFA members saw first-hand before the 2016 Fiduciary Rule was vacated,” Mayeux said. “If finalized, the Proposed Rule will again force financial professionals to move away from brokerage services into a fee-for-service model that is tailored to higher-income clients. This model simply does not work when a year-round fiduciary duty is imposed.”

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NAIFA Advocates for Financial Literacy

By NAIFA on 4/5/24 2:53 PM

NAIFA members are often at the forefront of efforts to improve Americans' financial literacy. From educating their clients to volunteering in local schools and their communities to promoting April as National Financial Literacy Month, NAIFA members are giving Americans intelligent insights into money matters. This even extends to their political advocacy.

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Is Your Name on the Congressional Conference List?

By NAIFA on 4/5/24 1:30 PM

The 2024 Congressional Conference is coming to Washington, D.C., May 20-21. This is NAIFA's can't-miss signature grassroots event and the most impactful association fly-in in the insurance and financial services industry. See who is attending. If your name is not on the list, register today to have it added. If you know of colleagues who might like to attend, why don't you give them a friendly nudge? The more people we have in Washington advocating for our businesses, clients, and communities the more influential we are.

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NAIFA Opposes Short-Sighted Federal Rules on Short-Term Health Insurance

By NAIFA on 3/28/24 5:36 PM

The administration’s final rules on short-term, limited-duration health insurance (STLDI) plans will restrict access to these policies that serve crucial needs of many American consumers. The plans, which have existed since the introduction of HIPAA-based rules nearly two decades ago, are designed to bridge the gap between comprehensive coverage options. They can be a great fit for those looking for individual coverage, waiting for the start of group plan enrollment, having gaps between different employment opportunities, or waiting for their next open enrollment opportunity.

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Register Today for the NAIFA Congressional Conference - Let’s Amplify Our Voice on Capitol Hill

By NAIFA on 3/22/24 4:52 PM

NAIFA’s Congressional Conference is where you get to advocate for your business, peers, clients, and communities right at the heart of policy-making in Washington, D.C. It’s a direct line to influencing the decisions that affect millions who depend on your guidance. Engaging with Congress members this May isn’t just about representing your own interests; it's about voicing the collective needs of the financial services industry and the families and businesses that rely on you.

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NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux Applauds U.S. House Committee's decision to repeal DOL independent contractor rule

By NAIFA on 3/22/24 6:22 AM

“NAIFA is pleased with the U.S. House panel’s decision to repeal the DOL’s independent contractor rule removing confusion and uncertainty resulting from the final rule and preserves the ability of our members to choose to operate as independent contractors. The majority of NAIFA’s members – insurance producers, broker dealer representatives, and/or independent registered investment advisors – are independent contractors who help generate economic growth and financial security to the local communities they serve across the nation.

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NAIFA-Tennessee Grassroots Doubles the Impact

By NAIFA on 3/14/24 11:56 AM

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, John Richardson and Mark Miller, members of NAIFA-Tennessee, showed the impact of grassroots advocacy by advocating against two sets of bills detrimental to the industry.

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DOL Advances Fiduciary-Only Proposal That Would Limit Access to Financial Services for Lower- and Middle-Income Consumers

By NAIFA on 3/11/24 3:06 PM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to advance its proposed “Retirement Security Rule” for review by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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New Rule in Indiana Enhances Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 3/7/24 8:25 AM

The Indiana Department of Insurance, led by Commissioner Amy Beard, has adopted a new rule that strengthens protections for consumers seeking lifetime income through annuities. Indiana is the 45th state to adopt a measure that closely tracks 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 consumers with comprehensive state and federal protections. Over 90% of Americans now live in a state that has adopted a best interest standard for annuities.

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NAIFA Fly-In Spotlights Women’s Financial Security in Meetings With Members of Congress

By NAIFA on 3/4/24 1:14 PM

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) hosted its second Women’s Financial Security Fly-In March 6-7 in Washington, D.C. The event, designed to encourage the political involvement of women financial professionals, featured a day of grassroots advocacy training, policy briefings, inspirational discussions, and networking. On the second day of the event, attendees from 15 different states went to Capitol Hill for meetings with lawmakers representing their home states and districts.

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NAIFA’s Mayeux Applauds California’s Adoption of the NAIC Best Interest Model for Annuity Transactions

By NAIFA on 3/1/24 9:41 AM

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that incorporates the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) model for annuity transactions. NAIFA Kevin Mayeux, CAE, released the following statement:

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NAIFA's Gandy Tells Congress DOL Proposal Is Unnecessary

By NAIFA on 3/1/24 8:41 AM

NAIFA wholeheartedly supports a best interest standard for retirement investment professionals, but believes the Department of Labor's proposal to impose a fiduciary-only regulation goes too far, NAIFA Secretary Chris Gandy wrote in letter submitted to be part of the official record of a recent House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, & Pensions hearing entitled "Protecting American Savers and Retirees from DOL’s Regulatory Overreach.”

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New Hampshire Adopts Enhanced Safeguards for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 2/29/24 4:39 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-New Hampshire Past President Dawn Chambers issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the New Hampshire Insurance Department:

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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New Study Agrees With NAIFA Survey Showing DOL Proposal Would Increase Costs

By NAIFA on 1/23/24 11:50 AM

NAIFA members in a recent survey overwhelmingly said that the Department of Labor’s fiduciary-only proposal for retirement planning services would increase the costs of serving clients. That sentiment is borne out on a macro level by a new Financial Services Institute study conducted by Oxford Economics, which found that the rule would cost financial services firms $2.7 billion in the first year with continuing annual costs of $2.5 billion. These figures are more than six times the upfront costs and nearly 11 times the ongoing costs estimated by the DOL.

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Press Release on Scott-Manchin Insurance Regulation Bill Cites NAIFA's Advocacy

By NAIFA on 1/17/24 8:21 AM

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Ranking Member Tim Scott (R-SC) cited NAIFA's support in a press release announcing legislation designed to protect the state-based regulatory regime of the insurance industry. The bill, known as the Business of Insurance Regulatory Reform Act, would clarify and reinforce sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to exclude "the business of insurance" from regulation by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It would shore up federal laws that give state regulators exclusive authority to regulate insurance.

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NAIFA Seeks Legislation to Solidify the State-Based Regulation of Insurance

By NAIFA on 1/11/24 4:08 PM

State-based regulation of insurance has been a bedrock of the industry and effectively protects the interests of consumers. Federal law, including Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, recognizes this fact and explicitly exempts the business of insurance from regulation by federal Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP).

NAIFA and a coalition of groups representing a majority of the U.S. companies and agents offering property-casualty, title, and life insurance have asked Congress for additional legislation that would clarify provisions in Dodd-Frank and solidify the state-based system of insurance regulation.

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NAIFA Thanks Lawmakers Asking DOL to Withdraw Its Fiduciary-Only Proposal

By NAIFA on 1/10/24 4:38 PM

NAIFA appreciates the work of a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers who oppose the Department of Labor’s proposed “Retirement Security” rule that would require a fiduciary-only model for financial services.

Representatives French Hill (R-AR) and David Scott (D-GA) and forty-eight of their colleagues in the House signed a letter to acting DOL Secretary Julie Su and Assistant Secretary Lisa Gomez asking the Department to withdraw its proposal.

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NAIFA Asks CMS to Reconsider Proposal on Medicare Supplement Compensation Rules That Would Harm Consumers

By NAIFA on 1/10/24 3:11 PM

NAIFA strongly urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider a proposal that would change the compensation rules for professionals providing products and services related to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

NAIFA members help millions of individuals and employers administer and utilize Medicare plan options as well as other health plans. They are a vital part of the plan-selection process and serve as expert resources for consumers considering their Medicare plan options or looking for specific drugs and services to be covered. Agents and brokers educate clients on how Medicare works, research physician networks and prescription formularies for the plans to ensure a suitable health and drug plan is recommended, and review plan-comparison and enrollment changes annually.

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NAIFA's CEO Kevin Mayeux Responds to DOL's Final Independent Contractor Rule

By NAIFA on 1/9/24 4:49 PM

ARLINGTON, VA -- The U.S. Department of Labor released its final independent contractor rule today, aimed at defining whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule could threaten the classification of many financial advisors from coast to coast and cause a reduction in the number of advisors serving American consumers.

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NAIFA Comments Point to Flaws in the DOL’s Fiduciary-Only Proposal

By NAIFA on 1/2/24 1:31 PM

NAIFA members are committed to working in the best interests of the consumers they serve. They follow a Code of Ethics requiring them to put clients’ interests first. Yet, the Department of Labor’s rehashed fiduciary-only proposal is decidedly not in the best interests of the American public who benefit from the ability to choose how and from whom they receive financial guidance.

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The Q1 State of NAIFA To be Presented by Cothron, Mayeux, and Boyle

By NAIFA on 12/22/23 2:00 PM

NAIFA members, set a reminder! The Q1 State of NAIFA 2024 webinar is happening on January 25th at 12 pm Eastern. Don't miss this first update of the year, as it's a key part of our commitment to keeping you well-informed about our developments and future goals.

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NAIFA Survey Shows the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal Will Increase Costs and Reduce Access to Retirement Planning Services

By NAIFA on 12/19/23 1:55 PM

NAIFA conducted a survey of more than 1,000 members between November 27 and December 1, 2023, to gauge the potential effects of the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed “Retirement Security Rule: Definition of an Investment Advice Fiduciary” on the consumers who rely on financial professionals for retirement products, services, and advice.

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Michigan Enacts NAIFA-Supported Law to Protect Consumers From Financial Fraud

By NAIFA on 12/15/23 9:11 AM

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill NAIFA-MI helped shape and strongly advocated for that will help protect vulnerable adults, specifically seniors, from financial fraud and exploitation. The new law allows broker-dealers or investment advisors to delay disbursements or transactions if they suspect a client is being exploited or defrauded.

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NAIFA President and His Client Offer the DOL a Unique Perspective

By NAIFA on 12/12/23 12:04 PM

The Department of Labor thinks it knows what's best for Americans preparing for retirement. NAIFA President Bryon Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP, and his long-time client Chuck Ross think the DOL is wrong and bring their real-life experience to the argument.

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New Rule Strengthens Protections for Utah Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 12/12/23 11:23 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ (NAIFA)—Utah Government Relations Chair Dori Phillips, issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Utah Insurance Department:

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NAIFA-WI Sees Financial Literacy Bill Signed Into Law

By NAIFA on 12/8/23 3:35 PM

NAIFA-WI members Kris Alfheim and Sherri Mitchell and lobbyist George Ermert attended a bill-signing ceremony with Governor Tony Evers for legislation requiring high school students to complete a personal finance course prior to graduation.

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NAIFA Asks, Members of Congress Act

By NAIFA on 12/8/23 2:28 PM

Just two days after NAIFA members were on the Hill, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Roger Williams (R-TX), Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA), Rep. Mark Alford (R-MO), and Rep. Aaron Bean (R-FL) wrote to Department of Labor Acting Secretary Julie SU inquiring about the impact of the DOL proposal on small businesses. 

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NAIFA Opposes NASAA Proposal That Would Conflict With Reg BI

By NAIFA on 12/7/23 10:49 AM

Proposed changes to the North American Securities Administrators Association's (NASAA's) Model Rule on Dishonest and Unethical Business Practices of Broker-Dealers and Agents would conflict with existing, effective consumer-protection regulations and cause unintended harm to investors. NAIFA urges NASAA to reconsider the proposed revisions. 

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NAIFA Members Advocate for Access to Financial Service Professionals

By NAIFA on 12/5/23 3:53 PM

More than 250 NAIFA members took to Capitol Hill today to meet with over 200 Congressional offices to advance the need to protect the worker classification of financial service professionals as independent contractors and to provide consumers a variety of choices in financial service professionals. The Day on the Hill was coupled with NAIFA’s National Leadership Conference which serves to train the leaders of state and local chapters in grassroots advocacy.

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Tell Your Members of Congress How the DOL's Proposed Fiduciary Rule Would Impact Your Clients

By NAIFA on 11/10/23 4:14 PM

The Department of Labor has proposed a fiduciary-only rule that would limit the choices consumers have when seeking investment and retirement-planning advice and could make it difficult for low- and middle-income investors to receive services and advice. 

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Comment Period Sends the Wrong Message

By NAIFA on 11/8/23 2:57 PM

 

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NAIFA Supports NAIC Statement on DOL Proposal

By NAIFA on 11/2/23 9:35 AM

NAIFA has strong advocacy relationships with interstate organizations like the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), and North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). We attend their meetings, provide input through comments and testimony, and work with them on resolutions and model regulations that impact consumers and the insurance and financial services industry. 

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No Candy for You: DOL Rolls Out Failed Fiduciary-Only Approach Again

By NAIFA on 10/31/23 10:39 AM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, issued the following statement on the proposed Department of Labor fiduciary rule expected to be made public later today:

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NAIFA Offers Congratulations to New House Speaker Johnson

By NAIFA on 10/25/23 4:38 PM

NAIFA congratulates the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson and looks forward to working with him on legislative matters that impact the financial security of Americans and the ability of insurance and financial professionals to serve their clients’ best interests.

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NAIFA Supports the Congressional Financial Literacy and Wealth Creation Caucus

By NAIFA on 10/20/23 3:55 PM

NAIFA is a strong proponent of the Congressional Financial Literacy and Wealth Creation Caucus and has urged members of Congress to join during the Congressional Conference and In-District Meetings earlier this year. The bipartisan caucus raises issues important to NAIFA members and consumers they serve in the consciousness of lawmakers. Its members are legislators "committed to empowering Americans with the tools needed to build wealth and achieve financial stability."

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NAIFA CEO Represents Advisors and Consumers in Meeting With Administration on DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal

By NAIFA on 10/10/23 11:18 AM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, told the Biden Administration in a meeting that the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) current efforts to revive a fiduciary-only regulation for financial professionals is unnecessary and likely to harm low- and middle-income consumers.

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SEC Proposal Would Blunt the Use of Financial Services Technology and Harm Consumers

By NAIFA on 10/9/23 8:53 AM

NAIFA has submitted a comment letter to SEC Secretary Vanessa Countryman sharing concerns about the SEC’s proposed rule on the use of predictive data analytics by financial professionals. The proposal, which would place new burdensome requirements on broker-dealers and investment advisers using a broad array of investments-related technology, would have a “devastating effect on our members and their primary clients: low- and middle-income savers and investors,” the letter states.

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More Than 135 In-District Meetings Illustrate NAIFA's Grassroots Impact

By NAIFA on 9/22/23 1:59 PM

NAIFA members held more than 135 In-District Meetings with federal lawmakers and senior staff during the recent Congressional recess. This is the second post-COVID year in a row that the number of meetings has reached triple digits. In addition, many NAIFA members also met with state officials over the summer.

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CMS Issues FAQs on Consumer Consent and Application Review Requirements

By NAIFA on 9/18/23 5:52 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced new regulations in the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for Plan Year 2024 that all agents, brokers, and web-brokers must follow before helping consumers complete and submit their Marketplace application. To ensure that agents and brokers understand the specific guidelines of these new regulations, CMS recently published several frequently asked questions (FAQs) that answer common questions about these new requirements.

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Encourage Your Clients to Vote

By NAIFA on 9/15/23 4:21 PM

NAIFA encourages everyone to vote. Our elected officials make decisions that impact everyone's financial security, so it is important for everyone who is eligible to participate in selecting who they are.

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Proposed SEC Rule Is Hostile to the Use of Technology

By NAIFA on 9/14/23 3:54 PM

The insurance and financial services industry uses technology to best serve clients and offer a broad range of products and services at affordable prices. However, a proposed rule by the Securities and Exchange Commission is “outright hostile to the use of technology,” according to a letter sent to SEC Secretary Vanessa Countryman by NAIFA and a group of coalition partners.

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NAIFA Seeks Middle Ground on STDLI Health Policies

By NAIFA on 9/12/23 5:25 PM

Short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI) is very important to many American families and individuals looking to fill gaps in their health insurance coverage and unable to access the individual health insurance marketplace. A current proposal by the administration would reduce the maximum allowable STLDI coverage period from 12 months to three months with a possible one-month renewal. People would be able to purchase a new STLDI policy from a different carrier, but would not be allowed to "stack" a new policy from the same carrier on an expiring policy.

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NAIFA Is Well-Prepared to Oppose DOL's Fiduciary 2nd Act

By NAIFA on 9/11/23 4:52 PM

NAIFA has not been sitting idle as the Department of Labor made moves to propose a new fiduciary rule. In anticipation of the rulemaking, NAIFA helped the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) draft a resolution that opposes the DOL's new fiduciary rule as unnecessary and likely harmful to consumers. The resolution, which NCOIL adopted in July after NAIFA testified at the Conference's 2023 Summer Meeting, states: "NCOIL urges the DOL to refrain from further rulemaking that would revive all or parts of the 2016 Fiduciary Rule" and "...urges state legislators and other interested stakeholders to join in opposition to any further rulemaking by DOL reviving the 2016 Fiduciary Rule."

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NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux: The DOL's Decision to Propose a New Fiduciary Rule Harms Americans

By Kevin Mayeux on 9/9/23 6:02 PM

Kevin Mayeux, CEO of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), issued the following statement on the Department of Labor’s beginning of the regulatory process to propose a fiduciary-only rule:

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Connect With Clients While You Help NAIFA Get Out the Vote

By NAIFA on 9/8/23 2:45 PM

NAIFA encourages all insurance and financial professionals to vote in local, state, and federal elections and to encourage others to follow their example. Approximately 63 million Americans who are eligible are not even registered to vote. Encouraging your colleagues, team, and clients to register is a great first step and a way to show your dedication to participating in the democratic process.

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NAIFA Applauds IRS Move on Retirement Plan Catch-Up Contributions

By NAIFA on 8/28/23 12:55 PM

Retirement planners can breathe a sigh of relief.

The IRS has delayed implementing a provision of the SECURE 2.0 legislation that would require retirement plan catch-up contributions by high-income earners to be made as after-tax Roth-style contributions rather than pretax contributions. The legislative language states that the change is effective after 2023, which would have presented unworkable communications, record-keeping, and implementation challenges to plan sponsors and participants as well as advisors. Prior to this fix, some plan sponsors had said they would likely have to eliminate the ability of employees to make catch-up contributions.

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California Insurance Department FAQ Aims to Clear Up Confusion About LTCi Program Study

By NAIFA on 8/18/23 3:03 PM

California has not at this time established a publicly funded state-run long-term care insurance program or set deadlines for employees in the state to opt out. The state established a Task Force to study the possibility of such a program and make recommendations, and that study is ongoing. The California Department of Insurance has issued a revised Frequently Asked Questions Document to clear up some common misconceptions. Among topics covered by the FAQ are:

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Happy Birthday to IFAPAC

By NAIFA on 8/18/23 8:54 AM

On August 18, 1966, NAIFA formed the Insurance and Financial Advisors Political Action Committee (IFAPAC) as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Then known as LUPAC, it was created "to engage in voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns, compile voting records of individual members of Congress, and implement nonpartisan courses designed to stimulate citizen involvement in politics," according to NAIFA's magazine at the time. The PAC also solicited "contributions to aid selected Congressional candidates," the publication said.

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Oklahoma Becomes 40th State to Adopt Enhanced Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 8/16/23 10:37 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-Oklahoma President Whitney Jessee issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Oklahoma Insurance Department:

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Take Me Out to the Advocacy Opportunity

By NAIFA on 8/11/23 3:54 PM

When we think of the In-District Meetings NAIFA promotes each August, we usually think of get-togethers at district offices with federal lawmakers or their staff. But really, they can take all shapes and forms.

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NAIFA-NE Promotes Life Insurance Awareness With Governor Pillen

By NAIFA on 8/8/23 9:07 AM

NAIFA's Nebraska chapter has been a strong advocate for the life insurance industry, working with state officials to proclaim September Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) in the state. Their efforts were successful and several members of the association were on hand at the ceremony when Governor Jim Pillen issued the proclamation.

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NAIFA-Utah Members Make a Lasting Impression with Members of Congress

By Mark Anderson on 8/4/23 2:59 PM

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” 
- Mother Teresa. 

On August 3rd, NAIFA-Utah held its annual Legislative Engagement Day in Salt Lake. The fact that we were able to count on all four of our U.S. Congressional representatives to participate made for a successful and informative meeting. Dori Phillips, our NAIFA-Utah VP of Advocacy and our Grassroots Chair representative, did a superb job of coordinating schedules so that each could address us. While their broad message focused on the state of the nation, each had a unique approach and shared stories of their own path and experience in working with financial professionals.

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NAIFA Members’ Powerful Grassroots Message for Financial Security Hits Home

By NAIFA on 8/1/23 1:50 PM

Congress has begun its August recess, and members of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) are capitalizing on lawmakers’ annual working session in their home districts by meeting with their Representatives and Senators to strengthen grassroots relationships and discuss issues important to financial professionals and their clients.

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NCOIL Adopts NAIFA-Backed Resolution Opposing Potential Fiduciary Rulemaking by the DOL

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 7/21/23 5:49 PM

This afternoon, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) adopted a NAIFA-backed resolution that opposes potential fiduciary rulemaking by the Department of Labor (DOL). 

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NAIFA Supports the Main Street Tax Certainty Act

By NAIFA on 7/19/23 4:37 PM

NAIFA recently signed onto a letter supporting Congressman Lloyd Smucker's (R-PA, 11th District) newly introduced bill that would make the Section 199A deduction permanent. The bill had over 80 co-sponsors from both aisles and received unanimous support from the 25 Republicans on the Ways & Means Committee. The bill is similar to S.1706 introduced by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) making the support for minimizing tax hikes bipartisan and bicameral. 

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Biden Administration Published Proposed Rule to Roll Back Short-Term Health Insurance Plans

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 7/10/23 10:28 AM

On July 7, the Biden Administration published a proposed rule to roll back President Trump’s expansion of short-term health insurance plans. The Office of Management & Budget previously announced its approval of the proposed rule on “short‐​term limited duration insurance” health plans (STLDI).

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NAIFA Celebrates Independence

By NAIFA on 7/4/23 9:00 AM

The Fourth of July, naturally, celebrates our nation’s independence declared in 1776, won through the struggle and sacrifice of the American Revolution, and maintained by generations of Americans throughout the history of the United States. NAIFA joins in this celebration of our country and the freedoms we all enjoy.

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NAIFA-CT Advocates for Main Street Americans in Hartford

By NAIFA on 6/27/23 5:22 PM

NAIFA is the only association for insurance and financial professionals with a strong political advocacy presence in Washington, D.C., and every state capital.

Last month, NAIFA members in Connecticut amplified NAIFA's advocacy message in Hartford. NAIFA-Connecticut's Legislative Day created great momentum heading into the Congressional Conference, May 22-23, in Washington, D.C.

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Kansas Strengthens Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 6/27/23 4:55 PM

WASHINGTON – American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)-Kansas Chapter President Brad Noller issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Kansas Insurance Department:

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House Passes Bill to Lower Administrative Burdens on Small Businesses

By Mike Hedge on 6/26/23 3:31 PM

On June 22, The United States House of Representatives passed the NAIFA-supported Employer Reporting Improvement Act (H.R. 3801), which provides employers flexibility about what personal information they have to provide on behalf of their employees and their families. Additionally, it extends the appeal window for any potential violation and establishes a statute of limitations so small businesses operating with limited resources can continue their work with less of a burden.

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NAIFA to Keep Grassroots Momentum Going in In-District Meetings

By NAIFA on 6/21/23 4:01 PM

Each year, NAIFA capitalizes on the grassroots momentum created by our state chapters' Legislative Days and the national Congressional Conference by coordinating in-district meetings with members of Congress during the August legislative recess. You should be a part of it and invite colleagues to join, too.

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NAIFA and ACLI Work Together to Get State Advocacy Wins

By NAIFA on 6/20/23 4:58 PM

NAIFA and the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) often work together to advocate for the industry, producers, and consumers in every part of the country. Their enduring cooperation and partnership take on great significance at the state level, where NAIFA is the only advocacy association of agents and advisors with a strong grassroots influence in all 50 state capitals.

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NAIFA Advocacy Work Helps Bring About Flexible Retirement Planning Options

By NAIFA on 6/12/23 3:22 PM

Annuities can be an important part of Americans’ retirement portfolios and NAIFA’s advocacy work in recent years has helped ensure that they are more widely available to American workers and more flexible for annuity customers. With traditional pensions going the way of the dinosaur, annuities are often the only retirement planning products that guarantee income for the life of the beneficiary.

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New Oregon Law Strengthens Safeguards for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA on 6/7/23 12:15 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors NAIFA-Oregon President Kym Housley issued the following joint statement on legislation signed into law in Oregon that strengthens safeguards for annuity consumers:

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May Brings Financial Literacy Wins!

By NAIFA on 6/2/23 12:10 PM

NAIFA is celebrating major legislative victories in Alabama, Indiana, Montana, and Minnesota. In the month of May, these four states have passed legislation that will mandate the completion of a semester-long personal finance course to successfully fulfill high school graduation requirements. There are now 23 total states that have similar measures.

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NAIFA's State Advocacy Is Influencing Consumer Protections for Annuity Transactions Around the Country

By NAIFA on 6/1/23 9:07 AM

It's fitting on the first day of National Annuity Awareness Month for us to recognize the great work done by NAIFA leaders, members, and lobbyists in 37 states that have implemented the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) model for annuity transactions. NAIFA chapters, along with our partners at ACLI, have worked with lawmakers and regulators in the states to get the measures enacted. 

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Florida Governor Signs Enhanced Protections For Annuity Consumers Into Law

By NAIFA & ACLI on 5/26/23 4:30 PM

ACLI President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-Florida President Jeff Chernoff issued the following joint statement on legislation signed into law in Florida that strengthens protections for annuity consumers:

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Congressional Conference Wrap-Up: NAIFA Is the One and Only

By NAIFA on 5/26/23 2:56 PM

NAIFA’s 10th annual Congressional Conference was an overwhelming success, demonstrating that NAIFA is the One and Only when it comes to our unmatched advocacy influence. More than 500 insurance and financial advisors from all over the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., to receive policy briefings and grassroots advocacy instruction, hear words of encouragement from distinguished guests, and take NAIFA's advocacy message directly to their elected officials on Capitol Hill.

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NAIFA Advocacy Gets Immediate Results

By NAIFA on 5/26/23 12:41 PM

NAIFA Is the One and Only!

We ARE the people making a real difference in achieving financial security for Main Street Americans.
 
NAIFA’s advocacy efforts are nonstop, working on behalf of agents & advisors, and your clients. No other association represents financial services professionals at the state, interstate, and federal levels. No other association brings 500+ producers to Washington, D.C., year after year for our Congressional Conference to speak with federal lawmakers about issues that impact the financial security of American families and businesses.

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Florida Governor Signs Enhanced Protections For Annuity Consumers Into Law

By NAIFA on 5/25/23 1:09 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors NAIFA-Florida President Jeff Chernoff issued the following joint statement on legislation signed into law in Florida that strengthens protections for annuity consumers:

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NAIFA Recognizes Senator Tim Scott as a Former Insurance Agent and NAIFA Member Turned Presidential Candidate

By NAIFA on 5/19/23 1:05 PM

NAIFA recognizes Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina on the announcement of his campaign to run for President of the United States. Scott is a former NAIFA member and prior to serving in Congress was an insurance and financial services professional who built one of the most successful Allstate agencies in South Carolina.

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NAIFA Supports Tax Certainty for Main Street

By NAIFA on 5/18/23 4:40 PM

An important tax deduction for many individual- and family-owned businesses –  Section 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – is set to expire in just two years. NAIFA strongly supports legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) that would make permanent the 20% deduction for pass-through businesses.

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NAIFA to Host Over 500 Attendees from Across America at its 10th Annual Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 5/17/23 3:11 PM

NAIFA will host the 10th annual Congressional Conference May 22-23 in Washington, D.C. The event will feature targeted advocacy training with briefings on legislative issues that affect members’ businesses and the clients they serve. Expert presenters will offer best practices for conducting Congressional meetings and tips for developing impactful long-term relationships with legislators.

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Federal Law Would Bolster Advisors’ Ability to Protect Senior Clients From Financial Fraud

By NAIFA on 5/16/23 12:00 PM

NAIFA strongly supports efforts to prevent the financial exploitation of seniors and vulnerable adults. As trusted and licensed insurance and financial professionals who abide by a Code of Ethics and work in the best interests of their clients, NAIFA members are often ideally positioned to recognize and help prevent financial abuse and exploitation.

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New CMS Rule Sets Medicare Advantage and Part D Marketing Rules

By Mike Hedge on 4/25/23 5:07 PM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its final marketing rule for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D (Part D) plans. Below you can read about key changes that will most impact NAIFA members, as well as some of NAIFA’s concerns that were addressed by CMS.

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SECURE Notarization Bill Introduced in Senate Would Benefit Consumers and Advisors

By Mike Hedge on 4/21/23 9:15 AM

On April 19, U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Mark Warner (D-VA) reintroduced the NAIFA-supported Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act. This bipartisan bill would permit the nationwide use of Remote Online Notarizations (RONs), enabling notaries and signers to complete the process from different physical locations.

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NAIFA-NC Adds 10 New IFAPAC Contributors

By NAIFA on 4/21/23 8:58 AM

Last month, NAIFA-NC signed up 10 new contributors to NAIFA's political action committee, IFAPAC, in one day. Congratulations to these individuals who joined the ranks of NAIFA members working together to advocate for the individuals, families, and small businesses that make up Main Street USA, and a special thank you to NAIFA-NC IFAPAC Chair Elie Aharon, LACP, LUTCF.

Topics: Advocacy IFAPAC
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New Law Enhances Protections for Washington State Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 4/14/23 5:07 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-Washington President Karl Kuntz issued the following joint statement on legislation signed into law in Washington that strengthens protections for annuity consumers:

“The new law sponsored by Representative Kristine Reeves, approved by the legislature, and signed by Governor Jay Inslee strengthens protections for consumers in Washington state seeking lifetime income through annuities.

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NAIFA Supports New Congressional Caucus to Promote Financial Security

By NAIFA on 4/14/23 4:18 PM

NAIFA applauds the leadership of Representatives Young Kim (R-CA) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) on the relaunch of the Congressional Financial Literacy and Wealth Creation Caucus for the 118th Congress. The Congresswomen are an excellent duo to co-chair this bipartisan group of legislators committed to empowering Americans with the tools needed to build wealth and achieve financial stability.

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West Virginia Adds Financial Literacy to High School Graduation Coursework Requirements

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 3/31/23 2:49 PM

The NAIFA state legislative wins continue! This time it’s NAIFA-West Virginia that is celebrating being the 19th state to adopt financial literacy coursework as a requirement for high school graduation. HB 3113 was signed into law by Governor Jim Justice on March 23, 2023. NAIFA-West Virginia worked closely with the West Virginia Education Association to advocate for the bill in both chambers.

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Tennessee Adopts Legislation to Expand Producer Recruitment

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 3/28/23 8:27 AM

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed SB 1369 into law on March 21, 2023, making Tennessee the 24th state to eliminate producer pre-licensing mandates. NAIFA-Tennessee applauds and thanks bill sponsors Senator Steve Southerland and Senator Ken Yager for carrying the legislation. NAIFA-Tennessee worked hard on the ground to educate lawmakers on the positive change this will be for increasing producer recruitment.

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Idaho Adopts High School Financial Literacy Education Requirement

By NAIFA on 3/23/23 2:27 PM

NAIFA is celebrating a major legislative win out of Idaho. On March 20, 2023, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed H. 92 into law, making Idaho the 18th state to adopt financial literacy coursework as a requirement for high school graduation. The bill passed the Idaho House of Representatives 67-0-3 and the Idaho Senate 34-0-1.

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NAIFA-TN Blocks Bill That Would Have Required Agents to Share Clients' Personal Information

By NAIFA on 3/22/23 4:57 PM

Tennessee House Bill 1173 would have permitted funeral directors in some cases to obtain life insurance information – including the names of beneficiaries and policy benefits amounts – from insurance companies or agents. However, thanks to quick action by NAIFA-TN's grassroots and advocacy team, the House Insurance Subcommittee defeated the bill.

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NAIFA-CA Urges Lawmakers to Amend Bill That Would Harm Life Insurance Producers and Consumers

By NAIFA on 3/17/23 4:51 PM

NAIFA's California chapter is holding its annual Legislative Day in Sacramento on March 29. The event will feature visits with lawmakers by NAIFA-CA members, during which they will discuss SB 263, a legislative proposal that in its current form would harm the ability of insurance agents and brokers to serve the public. 

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NAIFA Urges the Biden Administration to Fully Enact the NARAB Law on Interstate Insurance Licensing

By NAIFA on 3/16/23 12:19 PM

Congress, with strong bipartisan support, passed the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act more than eight years ago. The law would significantly streamline the process for insurance agents and brokers to be licensed in more than one state. This would obviously benefit producers by reducing red tape and regulatory costs, but it would also be a boon to consumers by promoting choice and fostering economic growth.

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House Passes SECURE Notarization Act of 2023

By Mike Hedge on 3/2/23 1:15 PM

On February 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the NAIFA supported SECURE Notarization Act of 2023 by a voice vote. The bipartisan legislation was introduced earlier this month by U.S. Reps. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.).

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NAIFA Joins with Joint-Trades Coalition to Weigh in on Data Privacy Bill

By Mike Hedge on 3/1/23 5:07 PM

NAIFA joined in a letter of support to the House Financial Services Committee for efforts in introducing the Data Privacy Act of 2023. The Data Privacy Act would modernize the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), a working data privacy framework for insurance consistent with consumer expectations.

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Georgia Strengthens Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 2/28/23 3:35 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)-Georgia President Joe Schreck issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by Georgia’s Insurance Department:

“A new rule adopted by Georgia’s Insurance Department and Commissioner John King strengthens protections for Peach State consumers seeking lifetime income from annuities.

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Illinois Enhances Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 2/24/23 4:10 PM

A new rule adopted recently by the Illinois Department of Insurance provides greater safeguards for consumers seeking lifetime income from annuities. Illinois is the 32nd state to adopt a measure that implements the “best interest of consumer enhancements” in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)  Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation.  The new laws and regulations also align with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest.

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No One Does State Advocacy Like NAIFA

By NAIFA on 2/24/23 3:23 PM

NAIFA is the only association for insurance and financial professionals with a strong political advocacy presence in Washington, D.C., and every state capital. Around the country, 32 NAIFA state chapters are holding Legislative Days during the first quarter of 2023.

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Retirement Planning Options Offset the Need for a State-Run Plan in Washington State

By NAIFA on 2/16/23 5:14 PM

NAIFA Policy Director Maeghan Gale testified to Washington state lawmakers that ample private-sector options are available for employers who want to set up retirement plans for their workers or for employees who want to prepare for retirement on their own. Washington lawmakers are considering a feasibility study for a potential state-facilitated Auto-IRA program.

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The State of Advocacy Report Tells the Story of NAIFA's Political Influence

By NAIFA on 2/16/23 4:59 PM

NAIFA's "State of Advocacy" report details NAIFA's federal, state, and interstate advocacy efforts in 2022 in facts and figures. It also runs down the major policy issues impacting agents and advisors as well as the Main Street consumers they serve.

NAIFA's "State of Advocacy" provides a snapshot of how NAIFA and NAIFA members are making a difference and influencing the decisions that affect Americans' financial security. 

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NAIFA-CO Meets With Lawmakers in Denver to Advocate for Main Street USA

By NAIFA on 2/16/23 10:02 AM

NAIFA-CO leaders and members came together February 15 to meet with lawmakers on the chapter's annual Legislative Day. Members shared their insights with legislators and officials, including Securities Commissioner Tung Chan and Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. Central among the topics discussed was HB23-1174, which would create guaranteed replacement cost coverage in homeowner's insurance, and its implications for Coloradoans.

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NAIFA-VA Advocates for Their Businesses and Clients at Legislative Day in Richmond

By NAIFA on 2/15/23 11:08 AM

Members of NAIFA-VA gathered in Richmond in early February for the chapter's Legislative Day. Attendees met with state lawmakers to discuss the many ways insurance and financial professionals help Virginians achieve their financial goals. They also received debriefings from the NAIFA state lobbyist and fellow members.

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NAIFA Files Comments with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

By Mike Hedge on 2/13/23 12:13 PM

A NAIFA comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) submitted comments suggesting changes to the CMS proposed rule titled ”2024 Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters,” published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2022.  

This proposed rule includes proposed payment parameters and provisions related to the HHS-operated risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs, as well as proposed 2024 user fee rates for issuers offering qualified health plans (QHPs) through Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs) and State-based Exchanges on the Federal platform (SBE-FPs).

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I Love NAIFA Month: Show Your Love for NAIFA Advocacy

By NAIFA on 2/12/23 9:15 AM

There are many reasons to love NAIFA’s advocacy work – how about protecting your business and clients from harmful legislative and regulatory proposals, for starters? And there are just as many ways to get involved and make a difference.

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NAIFA Supports Legislation to Address Financial Exploitation of Seniors

By Mike Hedge on 1/31/23 4:14 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.500, the Financial Exploitation Prevention Act of 2023, by a bipartisan vote of 419-0 on January 30. H.R. 500 was introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner, (R-MO), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services subcommittee on Capital Markets. 

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New Rule Strengthens Protections for Annuity Consumers in Tennessee

By NAIFA & ACLI on 1/27/23 10:33 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-TN President Scott Flowers issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance:

“The new rule adopted by Director Carter Lawrence and the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance advances important consumer safeguards and adds to the nationwide push for enhanced protections for annuity consumers.

“Tennessee becomes the 31st state to adopt 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 harmonize with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest. They enhance the standards financial professionals must follow while safeguarding retirement savers’ access to, and information about, annuities, the only financial product in the marketplace that can provide guaranteed income for life. 

“Unlike a fiduciary-only approach, these measures ensure that all savers, particularly financially vulnerable middle-income Americans, can get 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 and 2022 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 that other states will follow Tennessee and implement these sensible protections so that more consumers can benefit from a best interest standard of care, no matter where they live.”

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Advocacy Ambassadors Bolster NAIFA's Grassroots Influence

By NAIFA on 1/24/23 5:13 PM

Participation by NAIFA members is key to our grassroots advocacy strength. Learn how you can make a difference by signing up to be a NAIFA Advocacy Ambassador. Be a legislative contact, write a letter to the editor or op-ed, testify at a public hearing, visit with your lawmaker, or host an event. Find out all of the ways you can get involved.

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Register for NAIFA's Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 1/10/23 4:21 PM

May 22-23, 2023
JW Marriott
Washington, D.C.

Registration for NAIFA's annual Congressional Conference is open. 

The Congressional Conference is NAIFA's signature advocacy event. Each year, NAIFA members and their industry colleagues gather in Washington, D.C., to receive advocacy training, hear from top political pundits and members of Congress, and meet with their lawmakers during the largest association Capitol Hill fly-in in the insurance and financial services industry.

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NAIFA and WIFS Announce Stronger Partnership and Launch of Inaugural Women’s Financial Security Fly-In

By NAIFA on 1/10/23 3:48 PM

NAIFA and Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) have agreed to continue to work closely together and support their mutual goals in the areas of professional development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and political advocacy. The two associations have signed an expanded partnership agreement. Under the agreement, NAIFA and WIFS share resources and NAIFA represents WIFS’s political advocacy interests.

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NAIFA Hails Passage of SECURE 2.0 and RILA Act to Benefit Consumers Preparing for Retirement

By NAIFA on 12/23/22 2:06 PM

Passage of the Registered Index-Linked Annuities (RILA) Act and the SECURE Act 2.0 as part of the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill greatly benefits consumers as well as the insurance financial professionals who help them prepare for retirement and achieve financial security. The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) has strongly advocated on behalf of both pieces of legislation.

“With this bipartisan legislation, Congress makes it easier for Americans to prepare for retirement and gives them greater access to innovative annuity products that guarantee lifetime income while offering some protections from market volatility,” said NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP. “SECURE 2.0 will also make it easier for more companies to offer retirement plans for their employees. Preparing for a secure retirement is a vital part of any financial plan and receiving a guaranteed lifetime income can be an important part of that plan for many consumers. It’s great to see strong advocacy efforts by NAIFA, our members, and our advocacy partners pay off with a great win for consumers.”

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NAIFA Congratulates 2023 NAIC Leaders

By NAIFA on 12/19/22 2:43 PM

NAIFA would like to congratulate newly elected National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) elect officers for 2023:

  • President: Missouri Insurance Director Chlora Lindley-Myers. Chlora Lindley-Myers was confirmed as the director of the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance on April 13, 2017.
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NAIFA Asks DOL to Exempt Financial Professionals from Proposed Employment Classification Rule

By NAIFA on 12/13/22 5:33 PM

A comment letter submitted by NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP, on behalf of the association to the U.S. Department of Labor urges the department to provide an exemption or carve-out for financial professionals in a proposed rule on employee or independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Massachusetts Strengthens Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 12/13/22 3:54 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-MA President Josh O’Gara issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Massachusetts Division of Insurance:

“The new rule adopted by the Massachusetts Division of Insurance adds to the nationwide drive for enhanced protections for consumers seeking lifetime income through annuities.

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State Senate Hearing on LTC Features Testimony of NAIFA-WA's Chris Bor

By NAIFA on 12/8/22 5:42 PM

Chris Bor, LUTCF, CLU, ChFC, a loyal NAIFA member since 1998 and Immediate Past President of NAIFA-WA, testified at a hearing of the Washington State Senate Business, Financial Services & Trade Committee on the use of life insurance, annuities, and policy riders in long-term care planning. He gave an overview of a wide variety of LTC planning options and discussed the value of agents and advisors to consumers. Bor also serves as Vice-Chair of NAIFA's National Membership Committee.

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NAIFA Supports RILA Act to Benefit Registered Index-Linked Annuity Consumers

By Mike Hedge on 12/7/22 4:44 PM

The RILA Act has cleared the hotline in the Senate (meaning all 100 Senators have agreed to allow it to pass). Next, bill sponsor Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) will try to add it to the end-of-the-day “wrap up” package along with all the other cleared bills, resolutions, and organizing agreements.

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NAIFA Asks IRS to Make the Temporary Remote Notarization Rule Permanent

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 12/7/22 2:50 PM

On November 30, 2022, NAIFA joined with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other industry partners in a letter asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make permanent the temporary relief from the physical presence requirement for spousal consent that the IRS has provided. As reflected in the attached letter, plans have been using this relief for nearly two years, and NAIFA believes that its use and effectiveness warrant that it be made permanent. If the IRS feels it cannot make this relief permanent before it expires after December 31, 2022, NAIFA urged the IRS to provide at least an additional 12-month extension while the IRS either provides permanent relief on its own or through notice and comment. By doing so, the IRS will avoid disrupting a valued tool many have come to rely on.

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NAIFA Advises NLRB on Proposed Joint-Employer Rule

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 12/7/22 1:45 PM

On December 5, 2022, NAIFA filed comments on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rule that would expand the joint-employer definition under the National Labor Relations Act. The rule would extend liability to employers that have indirect and reserved control over one or more employees’ essential terms and conditions of employment.

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NAIFA New Mexico Advocates for Access to Financial Literacy

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 12/5/22 4:33 PM

Last week, NAIFA-New Mexico testified before the Senate Economic Development and Policy Committee in support of having financial literacy be a graduation requirement for New Mexico public high schools. NAIFA-New Mexico President, Chad Cooper, who also serves as the Vice Chairman of the African American Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and serves his clients as a financial advisor for Gateway Financial Advisors, Inc. and Mike McCaffrey, Vice President of Advocacy for NAIFA-New Mexico and agent with New York Life, provided oral comments to the committee. 

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NAIFA Applauds the NAIC’s Revised Annuity Best Interest Model

By NAIFA on 12/5/22 3:38 PM

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has approved a newly revised Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation that would require financial professionals to act in the best interests of consumers when recommending annuity products.

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Leaders Share NAIFA's Advocacy Message With Congress

By NAIFA on 11/28/22 5:25 PM

NAIFA members attending the National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., held more than 150 meetings with their Senators, Representatives, and congressional staffers. NAIFA's grassroots advocacy is second-to-none in the insurance and financial services industry. Our members' message resonates loudly with Congress because NAIFA members represent the interests of their Main Street clients from across the country.

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NAIFA Financial Professionals Meet With Members of Congress

By NAIFA on 11/15/22 2:15 PM

NAIFA members, in Washington, D.C., for NAIFA’s National Leadership Conference, went to Capitol Hill to participate in more than 150 in-person meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

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NAIFA's O'Gara Tells the SBA It's Important for Advisors to Remain Independent Contractors

By NAIFA on 11/10/22 12:31 PM

Josh O'Gara, CLU, ChFC, CFP, loyal member since 2011, spoke on behalf of NAIFA during a virtual roundtable discussion on Department of Labor’s proposed rule on Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The event was held by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy to gather input from people and businesses potentially affected by the proposed rule. NAIFA strongly supports an exemption for insurance and financial professionals under any legislation or DOL regulation that would reclassify independent contractors as employees.

It's Election Day

By NAIFA on 11/8/22 12:30 AM

It's Election Day! NAIFA encourages everyone to get out and vote (if you haven't voted already). The results of this election is likely to have profound implications for your business and clients.

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Alaska Adopts Stronger Safeguards for Annuity Consumers

By American Council of Life Insurers on 10/31/22 11:01 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)-Alaska Vice President of Advocacy, Lanet Spence, issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Alaska Division of Insurance:

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CMS Issues FAQs to Address the Recording of Calls by Agents and Brokers

By Mike Hedge on 10/21/22 5:43 PM

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.

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NAIFA-NY Members Meet With DFS Officials to Address Challenges Serving Clients in the State

By NAIFA on 10/20/22 2:06 PM

Members of NAIFA’s New York chapter (NAIFA-NY) held a virtual meeting with officials from the state Department of Financial Services (DFS). State President Gary Cappon, CLU, LUTCF, RICP, FSCP, CLTC, provided introductions and a brief rundown of NAIFA’s advocacy work and support for the agent and advisor community and the consumers they serve. He also discussed challenges with financial product availability in the state. President-Elect Vinny Dallo, ChFC, CLU, CLTC, LUTCF, and Vice President of Advocacy Paul Sciacca presented “A Day in the Life of a Financial Professional,” highlighting how NAIFA members serve families and businesses in the state.

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Robert A. Miller to Receive NAIFA’s Terry Headley Lifetime Defender Award

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

NAIFA is proud to announce that Robert A. Miller, M.S., M.A., Partner at Miller-Pomerantz Insurance and Financial Services in New York City, is the recipient of NAIFA’s Terry Headley Lifetime Defender Award.

Miller, a loyal member since 1983, was NAIFA’s national President for the 2011-2012 term. He had previously served as President of the NAIFA-New York state chapter and NAIFA-New York City. He was elected to the NAIFA Board of Trustees in 2005 and has served as trustee liaison to the CEO Outreach Program, the Young Advisor Team, and the Corporate Partnerships Program. He also served as chair of the NAIFA Governance Committee and was a member of the NAIFA Finance Committee.

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NAIFA’s Advocacy Highlighted at LICONY Meeting

By NAIFA on 10/13/22 2:33 PM

NAIFA Senior Vice President for Government Relations Diane Boyle appeared with other industry thought leaders on the National & Federal Insurance Perspective Panel at the Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY) Annual Meeting and Planning Conference in Albany. She discussed with other panelists the top issues facing the insurance and financial services industry, the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the insurance sector, issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and NAIFA’s work with the American Council of Life Insurance (ACLI) to remove unnecessary barriers to recruiting new insurance professionals.

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NAIFA Evaluating Proposed DOL Rule for Independent Contractors

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 10/11/22 5:12 PM

On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule that would replace the existing 2021 test under the Fair Labor Standards Act used to determine worker classification as either an independent contractor or an employee.

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NAIFA Looks to Work With Lisa Gomez, New Assistant Secretary of Labor for EBSA

By Diane Boyle on 9/30/22 8:49 AM

NAIFA congratulates Lisa Gomez on her confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).  

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NAIFA Partners With BIPAC to Support Employee Voter Registration Week

By NAIFA on 9/27/22 5:32 PM

NAIFA is excited to partner with BIPAC to support Employee Voter Registration Week.

Topics: Advocacy
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NAIFA's Gandy at the NAIC: Diversity Is Needed to Offer Financial Security for All

By NAIFA on 9/22/22 11:24 AM

NAIFA Trustee Christopher Gandy, LACP, loyal member since 2003 and Founder of Midwest Legacy Group, said during a “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Producer Licensing,” panel discussion at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2022 Insurance Summit that he faced many challenges as an African American breaking into the insurance and financial services industry.

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Take Action: New Rule Would Place Burdens on Medicare Advisors

By NAIFA on 9/22/22 10:17 AM

A NAIFA Action Alert asks agents and advisors to contact their members of Congress and express concerns over a new Medicare marketing rule and request that lawmakers ask the Department of Health and Human Services for a delay of six to twelve months, during which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can work with stakeholders to improve the rule.

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NAIFA's Gandy Contributes to NAIC Discussion on DEI and Licensing

By NAIFA on 9/19/22 2:51 PM

NAIFA Trustee Christopher Gandy, LACP, loyal member since 2003 and Founder of Midwest Legacy Group, is participating in a panel discussion at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2022 Insurance Summit. The session, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Producer Licensing,” is exploring how regulators and the insurance industry are addressing DEI issues in the distribution of insurance through pre-licensing and licensing exam procedures.

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State Adopts NAIFA-MA Proposal to Offer Insurance Licensing Exams in Spanish

By NAIFA on 9/19/22 11:21 AM

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance announced earlier this year that the state insurance licensing exam will now be offered in Spanish. NAIFA's Massachusetts chapter has been working with the Division of Insurance on this initiative and advocated for its adoption.

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More Than 30 Hispanic and Women NAIFA Members Earn Financial Security Advocate Badges at Phoenix Event

By Diane Boyle on 8/23/22 10:19 AM

NAIFA’s Advocacy Accelerator Couse for women and Hispanic members taught during NAIFA's recent Apex sales summit in Phoenix adds over 30 new Financial Security Advocates. NAIFA's integrated advocacy program that includes state, interstate, and federal advocacy is the largest and most comprehensive advocacy program in the industry. The critical element in NAIFA's 130+ year advocacy track record of success remains, and will always be, our members' participation—otherwise known as grassroots engagement. Several hundred members have participated in online and in-person training courses to gain skills and confidence in the advocacy process and earned the coveted Financial Security Advocate badge.

Topics: Grassroots
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NAIFA's Mayeux Contributes to Article Supporting Remote Online Notarization Bill

By NAIFA on 8/19/22 11:39 AM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux is a contributing author of an article in the publication Real Clear Policy arguing in favor of federal legislation allowing remote online notarization (RON). NAIFA has been a strong proponent of RON and urged passage of the SECURE Notarization Act because it would set a national standard and be a great benefit to NAIFA members and their clients who routinely complete financial transactions that require notarized documents.

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NAIFA-Utah Members Meet With Lawmakers at In-State Event

By NAIFA on 8/17/22 3:51 PM

NAIFA-UT recently took advantage of the August Congressional recess to hold a very successful Legislative Day. More than 50 NAIFA members were in attendance along with Representatives Burgess Owens, Chris Stewart, and Blake Moore. Also attending was a staff member from Senator Mike Lee’s office. Representative John Curtis had a prior commitment but addressed the audience via video.

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NAIFA Sends Letters to CMS to Lessen the Impact of CMS Final Rule

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 8/15/22 3:01 PM

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.

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In-District Meetings Are Underway

By NAIFA on 8/11/22 4:11 PM

When Congress is in recess, like it is right now, NAIFA's grassroots advocacy actually picks up. NAIFA members across the country are meeting with their Representatives and Senators in their home districts this August.

NAIFA's yearlong grassroots strategy encourages multiple in-person connections with lawmakers, including at NAIFA's May Congressional Conference, in-person meetings during the August recess, a day on the Hill during NAIFA's fall/winter National Leadership Conference, and at community and fundraising events throughout the year.

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Quick Action Leads to NAIFA-MA Advocacy Win

By NAIFA on 8/11/22 10:03 AM

NAIFA-MA is celebrating a major advocacy win after a very close call. During the last three days of the legislative session which concluded July 31, the General Court introduced H. 5123 which would have implemented a two-year pilot program to extend eligibility for premium assistance payments on point of service cost-sharing subsidies for certain health insurance applicants. In short, this legislation would have implemented a pilot single-payer health coverage program, thus having a catastrophic impact on employer-sponsored health plans.

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NAIFA-TN's John D. Richardson Elected to State Executive Committee

By NAIFA on 8/10/22 5:21 PM

John D. Richardson, RICP, LACP, loyal NAIFA member since 2003, was recently elected to serve on the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee for Senate District 21.

Richardson's leadership and professional success have been noteworthy throughout his tenure as a NAIFA member. After graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Spanish, he began his career as an advisor in 2005. Today he is a Financial Planner and Partner with Boundbrook Advisors (MassMutual), a firm he co-founded in Brentwood, TN. 

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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:

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House Committee Passes Bill Revising Process for Registering Index-Linked Annuities

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 7/28/22 12:00 PM

On July 28, the House Financial Services Committee voted to advance a bipartisan bill requiring the Securities and Exchange Commission to create a new form for registering index-linked annuities, which allows investors to save for retirement in a more streamlined process.

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House Passes Remote Notarization Legislation

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 7/27/22 12:00 PM

On July 27, the House of Representatives passed H.R.3962 the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act (the SECURE Notarization Act). The bill authorizes a notary public to notarize electronic records related to interstate commerce remotely, subject to specified procedures. 

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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.  

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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:

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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.

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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SECURE 2.0 Takes Next Step Toward Enactment

By NAIFA on 6/21/22 3:42 PM

NAIFA and other interested parties sent a letter of appreciation to the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) for their leadership in releasing the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act, which would enhance retirement security for many Americans.

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Michigan Passes High School Financial Literacy Education Requirement

By NAIFA on 6/21/22 10:49 AM

NAIFA is proud that Michigan is the 14th state to embrace a personal finance education course requirement. Michigan's legislation requires that all high school students take a half-credit course in personal finance before they graduate. The Michigan House of Representatives passed HB 5190 by a vote of 94-13 and the bill passed the state's Senate in May with a vote of 35-2. Members of NAIFA-Michigan, who first created this concept a decade ago with legislation to create optional courses, celebrate the signature of Governor Whitmer updating Michigan’s high school curriculum to include a financial literacy course.

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Senate Committee Advances NAIFA-Supported Retirement Legislation

By NAIFA on 6/15/22 3:59 PM

NAIFA joined other industry organizations in sending a letter to Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, thanking them for their bipartisan support for retirement-reform legislation.

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North Carolina Enhances Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 6/14/22 2:38 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) North Carolina Government Relations Committee Chair Fred Joyner issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the North Carolina Department of Insurance:

“The new rule adopted by the North Carolina Department of Insurance and under the leadership of Commissioner Mike Causey gives people in the Tar Heel State confidence that the financial professionals they are working with are acting in consumers’ best interest.

“The department’s action adds to the nationwide, bipartisan momentum behind enhanced protections for people seeking lifetime income in retirement through annuities. North Carolina is the 26th state to adopt a measure that aligns with the ‘best interest of consumer enhancements’ in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation. They also harmonize with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest.

“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 throughout retirement. A new 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 retain access to annuities.

“We look forward to seeing additional states add to this momentum for enhanced protections so that more consumers can benefit from a best interest standard of care.”

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CMS Releases New FAQs Regarding Agent/Broker Compensation for Special Enrollment Periods

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 6/14/22 12:00 AM

On June 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding compensation paid by issuers to agents and brokers who assist customers with enrollment during a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) or during Open Enrollment Periods (OEPs).

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NAIFA Celebrates State Advocacy Milestone

By NAIFA on 5/26/22 2:24 PM

NAIFA strongly encourages states to adopt the NAIC's model regulation on annuity transactions, and our state chapters have made promoting adoption of the model an advocacy priority over the past two years. Our efforts, the work of members like you at the grassroots level, and our ability to work with other industry organizations – including the American Council of Life Insurers – have paid off.

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Bill on Remote Notorization Would Benefit Consumers and Financial Professionals

By Mike Hedge on 5/26/22 2:18 PM

NAIFA has joined with industry partners in a letter to House sponsors of the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act urging support for the legislation. The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3962) was introduced by Representatives Madeleine Dean (D-PA) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND).

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NAIFA’s Congressional Conference Takes Advisors’ Grassroots Influence to Capitol Hill

By NAIFA on 5/25/22 8:15 AM

Insurance and financial advisors from states across the country visited Capitol Hill on May 24 for meetings with more than 325 congressional offices, including lawmakers and senior staff. The day on the Hill is the highlight of Day 2 of NAIFA’s annual Congressional Conference.

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New Rule Strengthens Protections for South Carolina Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 5/19/22 9:32 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) South Carolina President Johnny Craven issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by Acting Director Michael Wise and the South Carolina Department of Insurance:

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NAIFA’s State Advocacy Hard at Work in California

By NAIFA on 5/17/22 4:31 PM

Selected advocates from NAIFA-CA’s grassroots network have reached out to influential members of the California Senate Appropriations Committee to urge the defeat of SB927 in the committee. The legislation would require insurance professionals and companies to provide confusing and costly disclosures that have no practical benefit for consumers. It would also result in increased litigation and higher costs for California consumers. Previously, NAIFA and coalition partners including the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) and the Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies (ACLHIC) offered amendments that would address many of the bill’s unworkable provisions.

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Agents and Advisors Need to Represent Their Clients and Communities at Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 5/5/22 8:55 AM

NAIFA Trustee Aprilyn Chavez Geissler, LACP, loyal member since 2005, says that insurance and financial professionals offer an important perspective on how legislative decisions affect Main Street Americans and their communities. NAIFA's Congressional Conference, May 23-24 in Washington, D.C., is a great opportunity for agents and advisors to talk with lawmakers about issues important to their clients and communities.

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Tennessee Modifies Qualifications for Potential Agents

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 4/28/22 4:41 PM

NAIFA-TN is celebrating the recent signing of HB 2225 into law. Sponsored by Representative Dennis Powers and NAIFA-Tennessee member Senator Mark Pody, this bill limits the lookback of misdemeanors or Class E felonies to 10 years for insurance agent applicants. Class E felonies are often associated with low-quantity marijuana possession charges. In recent years, as many states have taken steps toward legalization, there are efforts to expunge or reconsider these types of crimes, which were disproportionately charged against minorities and people of color. HB 2225 is a step towards removing this barrier of entry into the insurance industry.

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You Don't Have to Be an Experienced Advocate to Make a Difference at NAIFA's Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 4/19/22 9:43 AM

NAIFA-Greater Washington, D.C., member and Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year Brian Haney, CLTC, CFS, CFBS, CIS, LACP, CAE, provides his insights on NAIFA's Congressional Conference and how you don't have to be an experienced advocate to make difference. While Haney grew up in the D.C. area, our elected officials are interested in hearing the Main Street stories of insurance and financial professionals from around the country. Lend your voice by joining us May 23-24 at NAIFA's Congressional Conference.

NAIFA-KY and the Importance of State Advocacy: An Update From Brian Wilson

By NAIFA on 4/18/22 1:29 PM

The advocacy work of NAIFA-KY was highly influential in the late revision of tax reform legislation in the state that would have placed a 6% tax on financial planning and investment management services. This tax would have impacted many investors in Kentucky and the financial professionals they rely on for advice and services. NAIFA Trustee Brian Wilson offers his perspective on why this advocacy win and all of NAIFA's state advocacy efforts are so important.

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New Wisconsin Law Boosts Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 4/18/22 9:58 AM

Legislation signed into law by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers greatly enhances protections for consumers seeking lifetime income from annuities. The law was proposed by Senator Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) and Representative Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca). Wisconsin is the 23rd state that as part of a nationwide, bipartisan effort has adopted measures implementing the "best interest of consumer enhancements" in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation.  The new laws and regulations also align with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest.

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Maryland Enhances Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 4/12/22 9:47 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ (NAIFA) former president and NAIFA-MD member Paul Dougherty, and The League of Life and Health Insurers of Maryland Executive Director Matthew Celentano issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Maryland Insurance Administration:

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Bryon Holz Urges Producers to Attend NAIFA's Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 4/11/22 3:46 PM

NAIFA’s annual Congressional Conference is crucial to our grassroots advocacy strategy. The event brings NAIFA members together as a critical mass to advocate on behalf of their businesses, clients, consumers, and the insurance and financial services industry. It provides targeted advocacy training with briefings on specific legislative issues, best practices for conducting congressional meetings, and tips for developing impactful long-term relationships with legislators.

Bryon Holz, NAIFA President-Elect, urges every producer in financial services and insurance to attend this year's Congressional Conference to be an advocate for your Main Street USA clients.

 

Don't miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!

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Upcoming Webinar: Busting Through The Gridlock with Diane Boyle

By NAIFA on 4/11/22 10:42 AM

Don't miss NAIFA Senior Vice President of Government Relations Diane Boyle on InsuranceNewsNet's webinar "Busting Through the Gridlock: A D.C. Legislative Preview" on April 13, 2022, at 1:00 pm eastern.

In a time of uncertainty leading into the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election, insurance and financial professionals may be able to break through the gridlock in Washington, D.C. 

In the webinar, Boyle will outline the legislation affecting insurance and financial professionals and the Main Street Americans they represent.

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CMS Wants NAIFA Members' Feedback on the 2023 Medicare & You Handbook Draft

By NAIFA on 4/8/22 3:00 PM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking for NAIFA members who work with the seniors or Medicare markets to provide feedback on the draft of their Medicare & You Handbook for 2023.

If you would like to submit comments on this draft, please do so using the spreadsheet linked below. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, April 13, by the end of the day to Cody Schoonover (cschoonover@naifa.org).

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Illinois Passes Association CE Credit Legislation

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 4/6/22 3:17 PM

The Illinois General Assembly on March 30 passed HB 4324 by Representative Bob Morgan and Senator Julie Morrison, which will make Illinois the 13th state to offer licensed insurance producers the opportunity to gain continuing education (CE) credits based on their active participation in a state or national professional insurance association. Producers may receive up to four hours of CE on a biennial basis by providing detailed records of attendance and involvement to the Department of Insurance. The bill is now on its way to Governor J.B. Priztker’s desk for signature.  

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Biden FY 2023 Budget Proposes $1 Trillion+ in New Taxes, Mostly on Corporations, Wealthy Individuals

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 4/5/22 10:49 AM

On March 28, President Biden sent Congress a Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget that calls for $1.58 trillion in discretionary spending (a 7.4 percent increase over last year) and over $1 trillion in new taxes. The budget, the Administration says, would reduce the federal deficit by $1 trillion over ten years.

Most of the new taxes would come from the proposal to hike the corporate tax rate from the current 21 percent to 28 percent (starting in 2023) and from a new 20 percent tax on a combination of income and capital wealth held by households with $100 million or more in income from earnings and increases in the value of their capital assets. The budget also proposes raising the top individual tax rate to 39.6 percent.

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NAIFA-Kentucky Celebrates Legislative Win

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 3/31/22 3:45 PM

The Kentucky Legislature has passed a comprehensive tax reform package, and thanks to advocacy work by NAIFA's Kentucky chapter financial planners and investment advisors narrowly avoided a 6% sales tax on their services.

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NAIFA Strongly Supports SECURE 2.0 Retirement Bill Passed by the House

By NAIFA on 3/29/22 9:41 PM

NAIFA commends the House of Representatives on passing the SECURE 2.0 (H.R.2954) retirement planning legislation in a 414-5 vote. The popular legislation simplifies the process and creates incentives for employers to create and enroll employees in workplace retirement plans. It also creates greater flexibility for workers who contribute to the plans.

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Sen. Scott Touts Care Planning and LTC Insurance in Committee Hearing

By NAIFA on 3/25/22 2:36 PM

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) knows the importance of the insurance and financial services industry and the role of agents and advisors in the wellbeing of Main Street Americans. He gained much of this understanding in his pre-political career as an insurance professional and NAIFA member.

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Next-Level Political Involvement: NAIFA Members Are Running for Office

By NAIFA on 3/22/22 2:40 PM

Being politically engaged is part of being a good NAIFA citizen. Understanding and working to influence public policy to promote financial security benefits NAIFA members' businesses, colleagues, clients, and communities, as well as all consumers. This election year, at least seven NAIFA members are taking their advocacy to the next level by running for statewide office.

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Many Americans Support Building on Our Current Health Care System

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 3/21/22 3:10 PM

The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future recently published results from a nationwide poll showing that the push for transforming the American health care system through a public option, Medicare-for-All or other government interventions in the market is losing traction with American voters.

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NAIFA-GA Members Gather in Atlanta for a Successful Legislative Day With State Lawmakers

By NAIFA on 3/21/22 2:58 PM

NAIFA’s Georgia chapter (NAIFA-GA) held its annual Legislative Day in Atlanta earlier this year. Speakers at the event included:

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NAIFA’s GOTV Resources Now Available to Empower Political Participation

By NAIFA on 3/17/22 10:19 AM

NAIFA’s Get Out the Vote (GOTV) resources are now available to NAIFA members and the general public online at gotv4financialsecurity.org. The website provides educational materials to help NAIFA members and the consumers who they help achieve financial security understand how the election process works and make informed decisions at the polls.

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Lend Your Voice to Help Reopen the Capitol

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 3/16/22 7:16 PM

Over the past few weeks, NAIFA has encouraged Congressional leadership to expand access to the US Capitol campus. Numerous reports confirm Congressional leadership is working on a bicameral reopening plan for the entire Capitol grounds.  With the 2022 Congressional Conference merely two months away, we are happy to hear that leadership is working on a phased reopening plan.  By reopening the Capitol, we will be able to get back to our in-person visits which allow us to discuss issues relating to the financial services industry and explain the impact that certain policies have on your clients and businesses.

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