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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun revealing details on how it will reform the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA oversees the program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government.  The agency contracts private insurance companies to process claims and payouts through the program.

FEMA's talk of reform follows weeks of criticism that the private insurance companies who administer the program underpaid homeowners following Superstorm Sandy.

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U.S. Senators in New York and New Jersey are calling on FEMA to investigate how insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy were secretly rewritten to favor insurance companies at the expense of homeowners.

It was only by chance Deborah Ramey, of Long Beach, N.Y., discovered an engineering report about her home was rewritten to say that it wasn't Sandy that damaged her home and, thus, the damage was not covered by insurance.

Latina rights group celebrates 20th anniversary

Dec 9, 2013

The Latina Women’s Rights Organization, Sepa Mujer, celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday.  The group celebrated by holding a Latinas in Action forum in Central Islip

Charles Lane

Despite pleas from elected officials FEMA will keep the one year statute of limitation deadline for those filing claims backed by the national flood insurance program.  WSHU's Charles Lane reports lawyers are scrambling.

Charles Lane

Lawyers working with Superstorm Sandy victims are warning of fast approaching insurance deadlines. The pro bono Disaster Relief Clinic at Touro Law School is beginning to push clients toward suing insurance companies in order to keep from getting shortchanged.