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PIA at work for you: PIA Oregon/Idaho and Cover Oregon
PIA Oregon/Idaho is concerned about Cover Oregon and what has
happened with the state's exchange since the rollout of
Obamacare on Oct. 1. A letter has been sent to the
Oregon Legislature expressing the PIA's concerns.
Health insurance coverage for individuals and small businesses is the letter's focus. It
was sent recently to the state's 90 legislators.
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PIA Partnership names new chairman
John Petrucci, CPCU, the vice president of sales for the
State Auto Group, has been named chairman of The PIA
Partnership. The announcement was made by PIA National
President John G. Lee.
PIA Western Alliance welcomes Gretta Gerdau
Gretta Gerdau is the PIA Western Alliance's
new personal lines agent.
A long time PIA supporter, Gerdau did not know
the classified ad she was responding to was
from the PIA Western Alliance. A
couple of interviews later and Gerdau is the PIA
Western Alliance's new personal lines agent. She is a perfect fit for the job and told Weekly Industry News she felt an instant rapport
with the PIA team.
A new Deductible Reimbursement Insurance is now available to all residents of the Western Region (except Alaska). Licensed insurance agents may now sign up on the ZeroDeductible website and offer deductible reimbursement insurance to their clients directly for their auto, home and boat policies.
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PIA National: The Hartford & Flood Insurance Bulletin
Changes in the flood insurance marketplace
continue. As some carriers leave the market or
sell their books of business, PIA National
assures you that PIA's national flood partner —
The Hartford — is here to stay.
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Senate passes 4-year delay to NFIP rate increases
There is overwhelming support in the U.S. Senate to reform
the flood insurance reforming Biggert-Waters Act. Recently,
the Senate passed S. 1926, also known as the Homeowner
Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. The bill was supported by Democrats and many Republicans,
and the vote was 67-32.
Pacific Northwest: Winter rainy season — an opportunity to sell flood insurance
The National Flood Insurance Program asked us to publish this article. Recently, this was published a similar article
for our California members in PIA Weekly Industry News.
Today's opinion: The Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act is reality. The Kaiser Family
Foundation concluded a poll in January that says the
American people realize the law is now the law. They
still don't favor the law — 50 percent say no — but that 50 percent
is the same place it was in October when the federal
government rolled out HealthCare.gov.
The Kaiser poll shows 34 percent favoring Obamacare.
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Republicans introduce Obamacare replacement
Republican Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah, Richard Burr
of North Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma have
come up with an alternative to the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare . All
three know the plan has a small chance of passing
The 2014 farm bill: A done deal
By the time you read this the Senate will likely
have passed the 2014 farm bill. Recently,
the House OK'd its version of the 959 page
bill. The Obama administration likes the bill
and President Barack Obama will sign the bill into
law if the Senate passes it as it is written.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid likes the
bill and predicts the Senate will pass it.
Do Senate NFIP reforms stifle the private flood market?
Do reforms of the National Flood Insurance Program hurt the introduction of private insurers to the
flood insurance market? Yes, according to a
Government Accountability Office report. The U.S. Senate has passed reforms of the flood insurance reforming Biggert-Waters
Act. A bipartisan vote sent S. 1926 to the House where it faces an uncertain future.
NARAB passes Senate as part of flood reform bill
The Senate has passed the Homeowner Flood
Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 and National
Association of Registered Agents and Brokers
Reform Act of 2014. It now goes to the
House of Representatives where both parts of the bill
face a very uncertain future.
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Our old friend the automobile; used less these days
Worldwide fewer people are driving. Or so says the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development's International Transport
Forum. The conclusion comes from its report,
"Long Run Trends in Car Use."
Northwest drivers: Not as courteous as thought
For years — the legend goes — Northwest drivers have
been known as the nation's most courteous. Maybe
courteous isn't the only adjective we'd use. Passive
might also fit. So would civil, respectful and well-behaved.
It's just no surprise that drivers in the
Northwest refer to
themselves as "Northwest Nice," according to PEMCO Insurance.
5 easy ways to keep your email inbox under control
By Liz Murphy
Co-workers and clients aren't the only sources of stress in the workplace. Though it may surprise you, email is also another culprit creating work-related strain and anxiety. In fact, a study released in the U.K. in 2013 revealed that 92 percent of participants exhibited physical signs of elevated stress levels when they received a work email. It's easy to let an inbox to become overwhelming, and unfortunately taking a vacation from your work email is not always possible. But here are five easy ways you can become the boss of your own inbox once again.
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Just for fun: The best Super Bowl commercial
The 2014 Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and
the Denver Broncos wasn't the best game ever played.
Seattle dominated the game and trounced Denver, 43-8. Seattle fans stayed with the game, whooped and
hollered and enjoyed the blowout. By mid-third quarter
most of America were channel surfing and
trying to find something more interesting. This year's much anticipated TV commercials were also pretty much a letdown. A huge
number of them were actually released in advance and TV talk shows had them and
previewed them and some even aired in regular broadcasts before the game.
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