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:
Change how the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates impact policyholders
Make the program more financially stable
Raise rates to reflect true flood risk
Premium Rate Increases
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.