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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.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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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.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy 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.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Federal Advocacy Insurance & Financial Advisor 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.

Topics: Retirement Planning Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection DOL
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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.

Topics: Health Care Legislation & Regulations Medicare CMS Compensation Regulation
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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.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Press Release DOL
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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.

Topics: Retirement Planning Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Press Release DOL
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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.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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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:

Topics: Legislation & Regulations State Advocacy Press Release Annuity Best Interest Utah
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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.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations State Advocacy Financial Literacy Wisconsin