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Mike Hedge

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NAIFA Continues Support of Remote Online Notarization Legislation

By Mike Hedge on 9/22/21 5:34 PM

NAIFA joined with industry partners in a letter to express strong support for National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment #445 offered by Representative Dean (D-PA), with the support of Representatives Armstrong (R-ND), Turner (R-OH), Perlmutter (D-CO), and Reschenthaler (R-PA).

Topics: Federal Advocacy FinTech
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NAIFA Supports Bill to Reform Index-Linked Annuities Registration

By Mike Hedge on 8/16/21 9:39 AM

A bipartisan bill to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue a new form for annuity issuers to use when filing registered index-linked annuities has been reintroduced in the House. 

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory SEC Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Shares Concerns About Public Option Health Care With Lawmakers

By Mike Hedge on 8/3/21 3:07 PM

NAIFA submitted comments July 31 to Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) in response to a request by the lawmakers for information on potential legislation to develop a public health insurance option. NAIFA shares the goal of expanding access to affordable and quality healthcare to all Americans. NAIFA firmly believes in the integrity of the employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) system and ability of employers to select coverage options that fit the unique needs of their employees. 

Topics: Health Care Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Signs on to Support Letter for SECURE Remote Online Notarization

By Mike Hedge on 6/10/21 5:47 PM

NAIFA joined with industry partners in a letter to House sponsors of the SECURE Remote Online Notarization Act urging support for the importance of the legislation. Bipartisan legislation (S. 5355, H.R. 6364) was introduced by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Mark Warner (D-VA), and Reps. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) and Madeleine Dean (D-PA). 

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Supports Federal Legislation on Remote Online Notarization

By Mike Hedge on 5/13/21 4:15 PM

NAIFA joined with coalition partners to submit a letter to U.S. Senate co-sponsors of the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act (SECURE Notarization Act), signaling support for the legislative initiative moving forward. The Act increases access to remote transactions for consumers.

Topics: Federal Advocacy
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US Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

By Mike Hedge on 5/6/21 8:36 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the withdrawal of the “Independent Contractor Rule," effective May 6, 2021.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Urges DOL to Move Forward With Rule on Independent Contractor Status

By Mike Hedge on 4/13/21 2:17 PM

NAIFA has joined with industry partners to submit a comment letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the proposed withdrawal of the Independent Contractor Status rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule was published on January 7, 2021.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory
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NAIFA Advocacy Helped Shape DOL Rule on Independent Contractors

By Mike Hedge on 1/6/21 1:20 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced today a final rule clarifying the standard for employee- versus independent contractor-status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). NAIFA has worked closely with DOL to ensure an equitable rule that considers the needs of the insurance industry. NAIFA submitted comments on DOL’s rulemaking on October 26, 2020.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory