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Text of the AFFIRM Act

This bill was introduced on May 15, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 15, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1995

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 15, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Petri, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. McGovern, and Mr. Cooper) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

A BILL

To reform the Federal Crop Insurance Act and reduce Federal spending on crop insurance.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Assisting Family Farmers through Insurance Reform Measures Act or the AFFIRM Act.

2.

Adjusted gross income and per person limitations on share of insurance premiums paid by Corporation

Section 508(e)(1) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act ( 7 U.S.C. 1508(e)(1) ) is amended—

(1)

by striking For the purpose and inserting the following:

(A)

Payment authority

For the purpose

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:

(B)

Adjusted gross income limitation

The Corporation shall not pay a part of the premium for additional coverage for any person or legal entity that has an average adjusted gross income (as defined in section 1001D of the Food Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308–3a)) in excess of $250,000.

(C)

Per person limitation

The Corporation shall not pay more than $40,000 to any person or legal entity for premiums under this section.

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3.

Cap on overall rate of return for crop insurance providers

Section 508(k)(3) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act ( 7 U.S.C. 1508(k)(3) ) is amended—

(1)

by designating paragraph (3) as subparagraph (A) (and adjusting the margin two ems to the right);

(2)

by inserting before subparagraph (A) (as so designated) the following:

(3)

Risk

; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(B)

Cap on overall rate of return

The target rate of return for all the companies combined for the 2013 and subsequent reinsurance years shall be 12 percent of retained premium.

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4.

Cap on reimbursements for administrative and operating expenses of crop insurance providers

Section 508(k)(4) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act ( 7 U.S.C. 1508(k)(4) ) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(G)

Additional cap on reimbursements

Notwithstanding subparagraphs (A) through (F), total reimbursements for administrative and operating costs for the 2013 insurance year for all types of policies and plans of insurance shall not exceed $900,000,000. For each subsequent insurance year, the dollar amount in effect pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be increased by the same inflation factor as established for the administrative and operating costs cap in the 2011 Standard Reinsurance Agreement.

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5.

Budget limitations on renegotiation of standard reinsurance agreement

Section 508(k)(8) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act of 1938 ( 7 U.S.C. 1508(k)(8) ) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(F)

Reduction in corporation obligations

The Board shall ensure that any Standard Reinsurance Agreement negotiated under subparagraph (A)(ii), when compared to the immediately preceding Standard Reinsurance Agreement, shall reduce, to the maximum extent practicable, the obligations of the Corporation under subsections (e)(2) or (k)(4) or section 523.

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6.

Crop insurance premium subsidies disclosure in the public interest

Section 502(c)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act ( 7 U.S.C. 1502(c)(2) ) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as subparagraphs (C) and (D) respectively; and

(2)

by inserting before subparagraph (C) (as so redesignated) the following:

(A)

Disclosure in the public interest

Notwithstanding paragraph (1) or any other provision of law, except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall on an annual basis make available to the public—

(i)
(I)

the name of each individual or entity who obtained a federally subsidized crop insurance, livestock, or forage policy or plan of insurance during the previous fiscal year;

(II)

the amount of premium subsidy received by the individual or entity from the Corporation; and

(III)

the amount of any Federal portion of indemnities paid in the event of a loss during that fiscal year for each policy associated with that individual or entity; and

(ii)

for each private insurance provider, by name—

(I)

the underwriting gains earned through participation in the federally subsidized crop insurance program; and

(II)

the amount paid under this subtitle for—

(aa)

administrative and operating expenses;

(bb)

any Federal portion of indemnities and reinsurance; and

(cc)

any other purpose.

(B)

Limitation

The Secretary shall not disclose information pertaining to individuals and entities covered by a catastrophic risk protection plan offered under section 508(b).

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