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NAIFA-ND Tells Lawmakers Their Clients Come First

By Julie Harrison on 3/9/21 3:35 PM

NAIFA-ND President Lyle Kraft testified at the State Senate Industry, Business and Labor Committee on March 9, on the importance of passing an important new best interest standard.

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy NAIC Model Regulation
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As the House Passes the PRO Act, NAIFA Continues to Work for Changes

By NAIFA on 3/9/21 1:52 PM

The House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842), a sweeping piece of labor legislation. Among its provisions, the PRO Act as passed by the House would reclassify many insurance and financial professionals as “employees” rather than “independent contractors” under federal labor law. NAIFA argues that such a reclassification will disrupt insurance and financial services business models and limit consumer access to diverse offerings of products, services, and advice.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory Press Release
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NAIFA-FL Holds a Virtual Legislative Day

By NAIFA on 2/24/21 9:33 AM

NAIFA-Florida’s Virtual Legislative Day on the Hill was February 23. Approximately 80 participants joined the event and received legislative and regulatory updates as well as advocacy training from NAIFA-FL President Craig Duncan and state lobbyist Tim Meenan of Meenan P.A. Other speakers included Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy
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The White House Issues Guidance on the Latest Round of PPP Funding

By NAIFA on 2/22/21 10:31 AM

The White House has released a fact sheet clarifying some aspects of the latest round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding that opened a month ago. The PPP provides loans to small businesses, including NAIFA members and their clients, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The low-interest loans may be forgiven if the businesses that receive them meet certain conditions.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory COVID-19
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DOL Confirms PTE on Retirement Advice Will Go Into Effect Feb. 15

By NAIFA on 2/12/21 4:50 PM

The Biden Administration has confirmed that the Department of Labor (DOL) will move forward with a prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for financial professionals who provide retirement plan advice. DOL previously announced the new PTE on December 15 during the Trump Administration. It goes into effect February 15.

Topics: Advocacy Retirement Planning Legislative & Regulatory Standard of Care
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NAIFA-WA Urges LTC Bill Changes to Protect Employees With Private Coverage

By NAIFA on 2/12/21 2:45 PM

NAIFA-WA is urging changes to a long-term services bill, HB 1323, to protect employees who have purchased long-term care coverage.

Topics: Long Term Care Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy
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NAIFA-Idaho Testifies at Hearing on Annuity Best Interest Legislation

By NAIFA on 2/11/21 6:14 PM

NAIFA-Idaho member EmmaLee Robinson testified before a hearing of the Idaho Legislature on the Annuity Consumer Protections Act (HB 79) and encouraged lawmakers to adopt legislation based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ updated Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model. The NAIC model requires financial professionals to work in the best interests of consumers on annuity transactions.

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy NAIC Model Regulation
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Ohio Finalizes Annuities Best Interest Rule Based on the NAIC Model

By NAIFA on 2/10/21 5:05 PM

The Ohio Department of Insurance has finalized a rule based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ updated Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model that requires financial professionals to work in the best interests of consumers on annuity transactions. The new rule goes into effect in Ohio on Feb. 14.

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Press Release NAIC Model Regulation
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Delaware Joins the Growing List of States Adopting the NAIC Annuity Model

By NAIFA on 2/8/21 3:34 PM

The Delaware Department of Insurance has published a final regulation based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ updated Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model that requires financial professionals to work in the best interests of consumers on annuity transactions.

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy NAIC Model Regulation
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NAIFA-NJ Pushes Back on Senate Bad Faith Bill

By Julie Harrison on 1/28/21 3:13 PM

NAIFA-NJ recently put out a call to action to its members, asking them to contact their state senators to vote "No" on S-1559. The bill, the New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act, would establish a private cause of action for first-party claimants against an auto insurer for an unreasonable delay or denial of a claim or for violating statutes prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. 

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy

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