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Registration is now open! PIA OR/ID 2015 EXPO

June 23-24, 2015
Sheraton Portland Airport
Portland, Oregon

EXPO is all about business to business and quality education for all agents, agency and company personnel. Last year's EXPO was a huge success. More than 200 independent insurance agents registered.

The PIA Oregon/Idaho trade show floor is almost full. If your company doesn't have its booth set up yet, you need to move fast the few remaining booths will not last long. Click this link to get started.
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One more time: Obamacare before the US Supreme Court
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court took another historic look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The case is King v. Burwell. It hinges on the wording of the law — through an exchange established by the state — that opponents of Obamacare say does not allow tax subsidies to purchase health insurance for those not using a state exchange.
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Goodbye Cover Oregon: Governor signs dissolution
Oregon's new governor Kate Brown has signed the bipartisan legislation that dissolves Cover Oregon. The state's website is Obamacare's biggest failure. It cost more than $300 million and did not register one person.
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It's no surprise cyberattacks are a top national threat
The list of things that frighten Americans and American business is long, and seems to grow longer by the day. Topping the list now is cyberattacks and cybersecurity.
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Financial guru Dave Ramsey loves independent insurance agents
Dave Ramsey is an author, radio and television talk show host and one of the nation's most popular personal finance experts. According to his website — daveramsey.com — Ramsey "has a simple message for people who want to change their financial lives."
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February rates are still up, but not much
MarketScout's monthly report on February rates is out. On average all property-casualty rates are up 1 percent. Personal lines rates jumped 2 percent.
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Wildfires: A huge danger for the coming summer
Drought has hit the country in a huge way. It's bone dry from the Midwest to the West. Where crops are a concern in both areas, in the West and Southwest fire is an added — and very dangerous — risk accompanying the dry conditions.
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Google insurance update: Google Compare has arrived
Google Compare is now operating in California. With licenses in 26 states, we'll soon see Google's auto insurance service in more states. The Internet giant and now car insurance sales source brags it gives consumers a new option.
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Does your agency perform the mirror test?
by Curtis M. Pearsall, CPCU, AIAF, CPIA, President, Pearsall Associates Inc.
Ask virtually any agents' errors-and-omissions carrier what it sees as its biggest issue/cause for concern and "replacement of coverage" will likely be in the top three. After all, how often does an agency replace coverage for a client, moving the coverage from Company A to Company B? It occurs many times in a week, or possibly in any given day, at most agencies.
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The CRM program celebrates 20 years of excellence in risk management
The National Alliance said the Certified Risk Managers Program is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its founding in 2015. As of February, 3,761 individuals have earned the CRM designation nationally, and 107 internationally.
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