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PIA National's Annual Federal Legislative Summit
Hundreds of PIA members are getting ready to converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 26-27, for the 2014 PIA Federal Legislative Summit. Are you among them? If not, your presence and participation is important, if not critical. If you're not familiar with annual PIA Federal Legislative Summit, it is a gathering of PIA members from around the country who come together to meet with their members of Congress.
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 Industry News from PIA Western Alliance


Senate passes House flood reform bill
House of Representatives Republicans did not like the flood insurance reforms passed by the Senate of original flood insurance reforming Biggert-Waters Act. The House Republicans came up with their own ideas, got bi-partisan agreement and passed reforms of the Biggert-Waters reforms.
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Insurance companies and their risk to the economy
The Dodd-Frank Act was passed after the ill-conceived financial dealings by banks and other financial institutions came close to destroying the American — and some say even the world's — economic system.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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America dishes on its top problems
Gallup Research is keeping up with what keeps you up at night. Three issues worry Americans the most. They are unemployment, the overall economy and dissatisfaction with the government. The following are the most important things bothering Americans in March compared to February.
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Commercial rates: The end of 2013 and into the future
Towers Watson's CLIPS — Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey — says 2013's fourth quarter ended with rates up an average of 5 percent compared to fourth quarter of 2012. That's good but not as good as the rate jump from 2011 to 2012.
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Analysis: Looking under the auto insurance hood
Auto insurance rates rose last year. So did homeowners — at least on average, according to the insurance consulting firm Perr&Knight's publication RateWatch. Here are some stats.
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Cover Oregon update: The federal investigation
The Oregonian newspaper has uncovered a federal government investigation — or review as it is called — of Cover Oregon, Oregon's nonworking health insurance exchange. It began in January and was completed and announced on Feb. 27. The report was done by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Oracle and Cover Oregon: A total disaster
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent an IT SWAT team to Oregon in January to look at the health exchange Cover Oregon's problems. Since it gave Oregon $304 million to do the job, the Centers felt it had the right to investigate the myriad of problems facing the exchange. At the center of the trouble is Oracle, the contractor responsible for the exchange's technology and website.
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The Oregon legislature and Cover Oregon
The Oregon Legislature took some steps to fix the state's disastrous health insurance exchange Cover Oregon. It was supposed to be working by October when the Obamacare enrollment process began. To date, the website still is not functioning.
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Obamacare: Health insurance agents now the most popular people in town
San Jose Mercury News
When employees at the Los Gatos nail salon where Roshan Bedi gets her manicures recently found out she sold health insurance, they practically froze in midpolish. Suddenly, everyone was asking her which health plan was best.

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Driverless cars are going to kill insurance companies
Motherboard
Driverless cars are coming, sometime. They're going to be safer and more reliable than traditional cards and they are going to make Google and several other manufacturers very, very rich. The only wreckage they're going to leave behind is going to be the corpses of the scores of companies who make a killing on car accidents.

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Cyber liability coverage and unreported attacks
PIAW
New risks and high-profile data breaches have opened up a new opportunity for agents and brokers to offer cyber liability coverage.

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Insurers to soon struggle over Obamacare rates
Insurance carriers are struggling. They are — at most — two months away from having to submit their rates for the 2015 Obamacare plans. Here are a few of the problems.
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Insurance industry employment is up
The U.S. Labor Department Bureau of Labor Statistics said P&C insurers and agents and brokers had a good employment month in January. Insurers are 1,300 jobs better than January of 2013 and agents and brokers increased 1,400.
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    You can keep your insurance for 2 more years (PIAW)
Federal investigation demand for Cover Oregon (PIAW)
Details: House flood insurance compromise (PIAW)
Obamacare — some survey numbers (PIAW)
PIA Oregon meets with Cover Oregon officials (PIAW)

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ISO to eliminate delivery of paper forms, manuals, portfolios and circulars
Effective June 14, the ISO will discontinue printing and shipping paper forms, manuals and portfolios and circulars. The ISO urges you to make sure you have all you need once the paper mailing is discontinued.
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Fewer Americans getting insurance through employers
The Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index did a survey of Americans and how they're getting their health insurance. It found the percentage of them getting it through employers is dropping.
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Obamacare: Who is insured and who has paid for that insurance
President Barack Obama said recently that enough people have signed up for the Affordable Care Act to make the health insurance exchanges — or marketplaces as they're now called — stable.
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Sen. Susan Collins bill to exempt insurers from Dodd-Frank financial regulations
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a former state insurance regulator, has introduced a bill in the Senate to exempt insurance companies from the capital requirements placed on banks if the insurance company is considered a significant risk to the U.S. economy.
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Resources to help you talk to clients about spring flooding
Much of the nation might be ready for spring following a brutal winter, but it's important to remind your clients that the warmer weather can bring rapid snow melt and heavy rains, increasing their flood risk. Each cubic foot of compacted snow contains gallons of water. Until the ground thaws, melting snow and heavy rain cannot be absorbed and can lead to flooding. The average flood claim paid by the National Flood Insurance Program over the past five years was more than $42,000.
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