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September 2016 Newsletter 9/30/2016

Whitney B. Warrick RIMS Director of Government Relations

RIMS Submits National Flood Insurance Program Comments
On August 17, RIMS submitted comments to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) proposed principles for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthorization. The comments encourage the NAIC to recommend to standardize data and flood related information, adopt the updated FEMA maps, and to continue to move toward risk-based premiums. Click here to view the letter.

The SPARC Act Introduced in the House of Representatives
This month Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) statute and clarify how it applies to the Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) program. The measure, similar to The Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayer (SMART) Act which became law in 2013, known as the Secondary Payer Advancement, Rationalization, and Clarification (SPARC) Act, would replace ambiguous and uncertain Part D MSP requirements with "clear and sensible" rules that govern the resolution of insured claims involving Part D insurance plans. For more information on the bill click here.

California Legislative Delegation Calls
In August the RIMS California Legislative Delegation (CLD) began hosting monthly calls with Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Director Christine Baker. The first two calls have addressed issues such as workers compensation and telemedicine. The next call will be held on October 24th and will address questions submitted about Cal/OSHA. To register for the calls visit here.

2017 Legislative Summit Announced
Mark your calendars! The 2017 Legislative Summit will be held in Washington, DC on October 18-19 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. All RIMS members are encouraged to attend the summit to discuss RIMS legislative priorities for the new Congress.​

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