A drive to expand insurance availability for New York State'shard pressed coastal homeowners and for modification of the state'snew workers' compensation law top the Independent Insurance Agents& Brokers of New York (IIABNY) legislative agenda for 2008.

IIABNY said it is asking for improvements to the state's CoastalMarket Assistance Program (C-MAP). Under C-MAP, the New YorkProperty Insurance Underwriting Association (NYPIUA), which is thestate-sponsored insurer of last resort, offers homeowners insuranceto those who cannot find coverage through the standard market.

Currently, IIABNY noted, NYPIUA offers basic coverages such aswind and fire but excludes other coverages that homeownersrequire.

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