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FEMA Rate Hike Socks 87% of Hawaii Flood Insurance Policyholders
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 2987 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

3.8 Million Homeowners Will Pay More for Flood Insurance Under New NFIP Rules

Over 10,000 homeowners each in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York will face the highest price increases, finds

from Apr 22, 2021

NEW YORK, April 22, 2021 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is taking steps to more effectively assess the flood risk that homeowners face. The agency's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) recently released new flood insurance rating procedures that are meant to equitably distribute the cost of insurance for potential flood damage based on the risk a property faces.

A new analysis of FEMA's Risk Rating 2.0 — the new methodology that goes into effect on October 1st— found that more than 3.8 million homeowners will see rates increase, but 1.2 million homeowners will actually see their flood insurance premiums decrease.

Key Findings:

Under FEMA's Risk Rating 2.0 system, the cost of flood insurance will increase for 3,846,702 homeowners, but the highest price surges will affect only 192,836 of these policyholders — or 4% total. There will also be immediate cost reductions for 1.2 million or 23% of flood insurance policies.

The largest proportion of homeowners in Hawaii (87%), Texas (86%), Mississippi (84%), West Virginia (83%), Florida (80%) and Louisiana (80%) will see their flood insurance premiums increase under FEMA's new ratings. More than 10,000 homeowners each in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York will face the highest price increases.

More than 8 in 10 existing flood insurance policies in Alaska will see immediate decreases because of Risk Rating 2.0. At least half of the policies in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan and Utah will have lower rates.

FEMA's rate changes promise to set right the problem of policyholders paying rates that don't reflect the true risk they face, but rate increases will be moderate. Despite the fact that many homeowners will need to pay more for flood insurance after Risk Rating 2.0 goes into effect, existing limits on annual rate increases will still be in effect. This means that most homes won't experience year-over-year price hikes that are more than 18%.

According to Andrew Hurst, Insurance Data analyst at, "Homeowners should be aware of the limitations of a federally backed flood insurance policy, which come with a 30-day waiting period before taking effect. Between the time you purchase a policy and the date when that policy becomes effective, you effectively have no coverage from flood damage". He adds, "With Hurricane season nearly upon us, homeowners need to make sure they have enough flood insurance, because you can't buy flood insurance right before a storm hits. You can consider private flood insurance, which can be cheaper, allows for more customization and has a shorter waiting period (10-14 days)."

ValuePenguin consolidated the information published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regarding the number of policies in effect and those scheduled to see a decrease or increase after the implementation of Risk Rating 2.0. The analysis includes rate changes for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

To view the full report, visit: LINK



Total policies in effect


Percentage with decrease


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Percentage with an increase greater than $20 a month


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