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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 Experts Testify on the Importance of Independent Contractor Status at NCOIL

By NAIFA on 7/18/21 11:16 PM

NAIFA is an active participant in interstate advocacy efforts, including working with groups like the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) to create policies and model regulations that protect the interests of consumers and preserve the ability of producers to provide products, services, and advice that help Main Street Americans achieve financial security. 

Topics: Interstate Advocacy Federal Advocacy
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ThinkAdvisor Article Highlights NAIFA Suggestions to FINRA on DEI

By NAIFA on 7/9/21 10:27 AM

NAIFA has suggested ways for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and the association’s ideas have gained notice.

In an article this week, the influential industry publication ThinkAdvisor has highlighted suggestions made by NAIFA Senior Vice President for Government Relations Diane Boyle and Policy Director Maeghan Gale. Among the NAIFA ideas called out by ThinkAdvisor are:

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Diversity & Inclusivity Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Works to Preserve Tax Deduction for Pass-Through Businesses

By NAIFA on 6/22/21 5:17 PM

As the leading advocacy association for insurance and financial services professionals, NAIFA continues to work with policymakers at the federal and state levels on efforts to bolster American businesses. Most recently, NAIFA is one of only three insurance-related associations (along with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America and the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents) to sign onto a letter sent to key members of the Senate and House of Representatives urging Congress to maintain the 20% deduction for qualified business income under Section 199A of the federal tax code.

Topics: Tax Federal Advocacy
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New CBO Report Offers Insights on Estate and Gift Taxes

By NAIFA on 6/18/21 4:54 PM

A new report by the Congressional Budget Office provides a guide to understanding federal estate and gift taxes. These taxes affect only a small number of taxpayers (of 2.7 million Americans who died in 2016 only 5,500 left taxable estates, and in 2018 only 2,000 people paid gift taxes), but they may consider in planning for financial professionals working with affluent families or business owners. In 2021, estate values above an $11.7 million exemption are taxed at a 40% rate. “The same threshold and tax rate apply to gift taxes,” the report says.

Topics: estate planning Tax Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Submits Comments to Senate Finance Committee Leadership on Unemployment Insurance

By NAIFA on 6/17/21 10:25 AM

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have developed a proposal that they say would update and expand unemployment insurance so that the program is ready to respond to the next recession and meet the needs of the modern workforce.

NAIFA joined industry partners in a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership to express strong concerns with a provision in the committee’s current discussion draft of the Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act.

Topics: 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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Members of Congress Praise NAIFA Advocates at Virtual Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 5/28/21 10:34 AM

NAIFA’s Virtual Congressional Conference, May 25-26, was an overwhelming success, with more than 1,300 registered participants. These insurance and financial advisors received advocacy training, benefited from policy briefings, and heard words of encouragement from Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Darin LaHood (R-IL), as well as NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux and American Council of Life Insurers President and CEO Susan Neely.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy

NAIFA President Michel: It's Not Too Late to Register for Congressional Conference

By NAIFA on 5/23/21 3:30 PM

NAIFA President Tom Michel, LACP, is a political advocacy rock star! He's met with more than 100 legislators in his career and had an impact on policy decisions vital to his business, the insurance and financial services industry, and the consumers who depend on financial professionals. He understands the power of the Congressional Conference, his favorite NAIFA event of the year, and extends his personal invitation for all insurance and financial advisors to attend this year's virtual event.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Supports Cardin, Portman Efforts to Move Retirement Reform Legislation

By NAIFA on 5/21/21 3:59 PM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux has thanked Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for introducing the Retirement Security and Savings Act of 2021. The Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021 is working its way through the House and three Senators earlier this week introduced the Improving Access to Retirement Savings Act.

Topics: Retirement Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy

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