In July 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) which calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies, to make a number of changes to the way the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is run. Some of these changes already have occurred, and others will be implemented in the coming months. Key provisions of the legislation will require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk, make the program more financially stable, and change how Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates impact policyholders. The changes will mean premium rate increases for some—but not all—policyholders over time. Homeowners and business owners are encouraged to learn their flood risk and talk to their insurance agent to determine if their policy will be affected by BW-12.
Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, Pinellas County Residents Will See A Surge in Flood Insurance Premiums
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Matt Weidner is known as a persistent, diligent and competent advocate passionate about protecting consumers. First admitted as member to the Florida Bar Association in 1999 he is admitted to practice in the Federal Court, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal 11th Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Weidner has been practicing civil litigation since 1999 and has represented clients in foreclosure, consumer and commercial finance transactions and civil litigation since that time.