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Professional Insurance Agents Hail Extension of National Flood Insurance Program

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2009 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) today hailed action by Congress to extend the National Flood...
March 11, 2009

Extension Through Sept. 30, 2009 Will Enable Reform Effort to Proceed

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2009  - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) today hailed action by Congress to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through September 30, 2009.

On March 10, the U.S. Senate passed the omnibus appropriations bill which included the flood program extension, following action by the House on February 25.

"PIA applauds Congress for recognizing the need to maintain the continuity of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)," said Brian Marino, co-chair of the PIA National Natural Catastrophe Working Group. "Property owners around the country can now rest assured that there will be no interruption in the availability of insurance coverage for floods as the effort to reform the flood insurance program proceeds."

The NFIP extension was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on March 6, but Congress passed a continuing resolution which extended the flood insurance program through March 11. "That was cutting it close, but what matters is the flood program has been extended," Marino said.

PIA has made a series of proposals for reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program and will continue to work with members of Congress to make the program work better for property owners and our nation's economy.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America(SM). PIA's web address is www.pianet.com.

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