Archive for August, 2018

The Florida Insurance Roundup Podcast Feature: National Flood Insurance Reform

Brian Squire, Managing Executive Senior Vice President at Hays Companies, recently sat down with Lisa Miller on her Podcast “The Florida Insurance Roundup” to lend his insights on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as well as strategies on how to navigate it as a Florida resident.

Listen to the Podcast, here.

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Congress continues to debate how to reform the beleaguered National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that 1.8 million Floridians depend on for their property flood protection. Congress must also reauthorize the program because without it federally-backed home mortgages which require flood coverage for high-risk zoned properties may be at risk. The taxpayer-subsidized NFIP is $25 billion in debt and relies on old flood data and maps, with rates that do not match risk.  Congress is considering reauthorization under a package of reform bills called the 21st Century Flood Reform Act.

Podcast Host Lisa Miller, a former Florida deputy insurance commissioner, explores two key reforms on this program: what to do with grandfathered properties that are still enjoying 1960’s-era premiums and riddled with repetitive losses, and how best to encourage private flood insurance market alternatives. It is estimated that 77% of Florida properties would see lower premiums with private market policies.

Joining Lisa are presenters Brian Squire, Managing Executive Senior Vice President at Hays Companies in Destin, Florida and Helen Devlin, Senior Lobbyist with the National Association of Realtors in Washington D.C.  Together, they outline what is at stake for Florida NFIP policyholders and ideas on how best to balance flood insurance affordability with NFIP sustainability, without hurting Florida’s growing real estate market.

This Podcast originally appeared on lisamillerassociates.com. To view the original posting, please click here.

Insurance Journal ranks Hays in Top 25 of 100 Property/Casualty Agencies for 2018

Hays Companies was named one of the Top 25 Property/Casualty Agencies in the United States by the Insurance Journal, a leading industry publication for the Property/Casualty arena. The list is based on total revenue for 2017 and is comprised of agencies focused on retail policies.

Per the Insurance Journal, the list is indicative of “the nation’s most successful independent insurance agencies and brokerages.”

Hays Companies ranked 22nd this year, after experiencing $90,300,000 in total Property/Casualty revenue. This is the 25th year of consecutive growth for Hays.

“Our customers are at the center of everything we do,” explained Jim Hays, CEO of Hays Companies. “Each year, we are growing organically and extending our reach to better meet the needs of our clients. We will continue to be an industry leading company by going above and beyond to ensure we are the broker of choice for our customers.”

To view the full list, please click here.

Webinar: Health Savings Accounts – What You Need to Know

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are unique accounts that reside in employee benefits. These accounts exist merely because of health care coverage that’s offered by an employer. Employers can contribute to them, but they’re ultimately owned by the individual and are not sponsored by the overall health plan. Because of these, strange results and quirks can occur.

This 20-minute webinar, presented by Hays Companies Research and Compliance Department, covers Health Savings Accounts: What You Need to Know and will focus on FSAs, HRAs and HSAs.

Other topics this webinar will address include:

  • Who is eligible to contribute to an HSA?
  • What is a permissible and impermissible coverage?
  • How much can be contributed and when?
  • What are permissible expenses for distribution?
  • And more…

You can watch the webinar here.

If you’re interested in accessing a PDF version of the presentation, please complete the form here to download.

Please contact your Hays Companies representative for further information. 

Hays Companies Rises in “Top 100 Insurance Brokers” Rankings

Hays Companies is pleased to announce that they were recently named as the 22nd largest insurance broker in the United States by Business Insurance Magazine. This is the 25th year of consecutive revenue growth for Hays Companies.

Hays’ 2018 ranking is reflective of the entrepreneurial spirit on which they were founded and was an increase from their 2017 standings (for which they were ranked #23).  As a privately-held organization, Hays’ organic growth has been entirely accomplished by their team of experienced professionals.

Of Hays’ explosive trajectory, CEO Jim Hays said “We have continued our growth by investing in our people and building client-focused teams. Our business model encourages creative, out-of-the-box solutions that allow us to adapt quickly to the evolving needs of our clients.”

The list, which is generated annually, ranks the 100 largest insurance brokers in the country by revenue for all U.S. based clients in the previous calendar year.  Hays Companies’ 2017 brokerage revenues of $197,600,000 were up 2.2% over the 2018 fiscal year.

To learn more about the list and to view the complete rankings, please click here.

Founded in 1994, Hays Companies specializes in risk management, insurance, and employee benefits.

Hays Companies Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

For almost a decade, Hays Companies has built a strong partnership with Habitat for Humanity to combat homelessness and provide affordable housing for families within the communities where we work and live.

This month, Hays team members assisted with building a Habitat for Humanity home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Of the experience, Robert Rangel, Hays Companies’ Director of Claims Management and Volunteer Committee Chair said, “It was a fulfilling day for our team. It’s not every day you have the opportunity to learn how to construct a garage and build a roof with your colleagues. We were grateful to be out in the community together giving back to a wonderful organization.”

One of Hays Companies’ core values is being impactful and contributing to the communities we serve. Habitat for Humanity is a great outlet for employees to live out this value by volunteering.  “We encourage our employees to get involved with organizations in the community that they’re passionate about. Habitat for Humanity is an organization with a mission that Hays’ employees believe in,” stated Chief Executive Officer, Jim Hays.