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NJ Bill on Insurance Lawsuits Includes NAIFA-Supported Amendment Excluding Producers

By NAIFA on 2/2/21 9:26 AM

The New Jersey state Senate has passed the New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act, which would permit a consumer to bring a private cause of action lawsuit against an insurer accused of an unreasonable claim denial or delay in payment of benefits.

Topics: Property & Casualty State Advocacy
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NAIFA Supports Maryland Bill to Boost LTC Education

By NAIFA on 2/1/21 4:24 PM

NAIFA supports Maryland state legislation that would provide consumers in the state with easier access to resources and educational materials on long-term care (LTC) planning. A NAIFA-Maryland member served on the Task Force on LTC Education and Planning that made recommendations that helped shape the bill, HB 599, Public Health – Long Term Care Planning.

Topics: Long Term Care State Advocacy Limited & Extended Care Planning Center
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Maeghan Gale to Join NAIFA’s Government Relations Team as a Policy Director

By NAIFA on 1/29/21 2:04 PM

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is pleased to welcome Maeghan Gale as a Policy Director. Gale will join NAIFA’s Government Relations team on February 1 and will report to Senior Vice President for Government Relations Diane Boyle.

Topics: Advocacy Press Release
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Health Care Marketplace Special Enrollment Period to Open Feb. 15 - May 15

By NAIFA on 1/29/21 12:20 PM

In case you missed it, HealthCare.gov sent a notice that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals and families for Marketplace coverage in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency the notice says: 

Topics: Advocacy Health Care
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NAIFA-Nebraska Supports Legislation to Boost Consumer Protections on Annuities

By NAIFA on 1/25/21 2:15 PM

As the Nebraska Legislature considers LB 22, legislation that would establish an enhanced standard of care for financial professionals offering annuity products, NAIFA-NE Past-President Dave Skutnik submitted testimony in support of the bill on behalf of NAIFA’s Nebraska chapter.

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy NAIC Model Regulation
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NAIFA-IL Urges Governor to Veto Prejudgment Interest Bill

By NAIFA on 1/21/21 4:22 PM

NAIFA-IL has sent a call to action to its members to urge Gov. J.B. Pritzker to veto a bill that sets a prejudgment interest at the rate of 9% per year on all tort actions seeking recovery for personal injury or wrongful death.

Topics: State Advocacy
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NAIFA Looks to Work With the Biden Administration on Financial Security Policies

By NAIFA on 1/20/21 1:54 PM

NAIFA congratulates President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration and looks forward to working with the Biden administration on policies to promote financial security and access to financial products, services, and advice for all Americans.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory Press Release
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NAIFA-FL Gets Behind COVID-19 Liability Shield Bills

By NAIFA on 1/20/21 9:18 AM

NAIFA-FL supports two bills that provide several COVID-19-related liability protections for businesses, educational institutions, government entities, religious organizations, and other entities.

Topics: State Advocacy COVID-19
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North Dakota House Committee Advances NAIFA-Supported Annuity Transactions Bill

By NAIFA on 1/20/21 9:08 AM

This week the North Dakota House Industry, Business and Labor Committee unanimously approved H.B. 1160, a bill that tracks with the “best interest of consumer enhancements” in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation.

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy
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NAIFA-VA Comments on State-Run Retirement Bill at Delegates' Subcommittee Meeting

By NAIFA on 1/19/21 1:18 PM

Virginia House Bill 2174 would establish the VirginiaSaves Program, a state-run automatic enrollment payroll deduction IRA savings program. The program would be optional for employees, but would require employers with five or more employees that do not offer retirement plans to set up a payroll deduction and retirement savings plan through the state-run system.

Elizabeth Pate, a NAIFA-VA Board member and Past President for the state chapter, testified via Zoom before the Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Compensation and General Government Subcommittee that NAIFA-VA has concerns about the proposed program.

Pate said that NAIFA applauds efforts by the Virginia General Assembly to help Virginians prepare for retirement, but cannot support the legislation as it currently stands. She noted that the federal SECURE Act makes it easier for employers to band together and offer retirement plans in a cost-effective manner. This achieves the goal of encouraging greater retirement preparation by employees without creating a state-run plan to compete with the private sector.

Plans created under the SECURE Act, she noted, would give participants protections afforded by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), while it appears VirginiaSaves participants would not benefit from ERISA protections.

Pate also noted that enrollees in the state-run program would lack access to personalized advice from financial professionals that many participants in private-market plans receive.

Several members of the Subcommittee raised questions about potential financial impacts of the VirginiaSaves plan on small businesses and expressed concerns about the mandatory nature of employer participation under the current draft of the legislation. The Subcommittee vote to send HB 2174 to the full committee for further consideration.

NAIFA and NAIFA-VA will remain politically active and engaged on the proposed legislation.

Topics: State-Run Retirement State Advocacy Retirement Plans

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