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What Congress Should Do, or Not Do, to Rescue Businesses in Future Pandemics

Congress is weighing whether insurers and government can together “bend pandemic risk curves” for future events or simply replace some of the economic losses of businesses, putting them “into induced comas” during pandemics. That was the essence of a debate …

Think Tank Urges Flood Insurance Program to Stop Enabling Building in High Risk Areas

The threat of sea-level rise should force policymakers to rethink policies that encourage development in flood-prone regions. One place to start is with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), according to the Washington, D.C. free market think tank R Street. …

Analysts Weigh Chances Next Congress Will Actually Reform Flood Insurance

With the clock ticking on the National Flood Insurance Program’s authorization that is set to run out this Friday, Nov. 30, Congress is expected to renew the program short-term by taking one of several routes: passing a bill to extend …

Exclusive: Insiders Symington, Lehmann Analyze Mid-Term Elections for P/C Insurance

The voters have spoken. Republicans have increased their slight advantage in the Senate, while Democrats have flipped the House and will now be in control there. Of course, President Trump, a Republican, still occupies the White House. Now what? What …

State Regulation Report Card: R Street Grades Them from Best to Worst

For the second year in a row, Vermont has been graded at the top of the class as having the best insurance regulatory system, while North Carolina has again been graded as having the worst, according to the fifth edition …

South Central Regulation Report Card: Texas’ Grade Rises, Arkansas’ Drops

No South Central state had the best score and none had the worst in a report recently released by a conservative-leaning research organization that annually assesses the effectiveness states’ insurance regulatory systems. Grades assigned to the insurance regulatory systems in …

Midwest Regulation Report Card: States’ Grades Range from A to D

Grades assigned to the insurance regulatory systems in the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin range from A to D in a report recently released by a conservative-leaning …

Southeast Regulation Report Card: North Carolina Flunks; Florida, South Carolina Dispute Grades

North Carolina ranks the worst of all 50 states when it comes to insurance regulation, according to a 2016 insurance regulation report card by an insurance industry think tank. The R Street Institute’s 2016 Insurance Regulation Report Card scores state …

East Regulation Report Card: Vermont Ranks Best for 3rd Straight Year

The R Street Institute, a nonprofit public policy research organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., has found that Vermont has the best insurance regulatory environment in the U.S. for the third straight year in its annual Insurance Regulation Report Card. The …