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Get ready: PIA Oregon/Idaho's 2nd Annual EXPO
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PIA Oregon/Idaho's 2nd Annual EXPO is coming:

June 17 & 18, 2014
Red Lion Hotel on the River
Jantzen Beach
Portland, Oregon

EXPO is a one day, business-to-business and education program for all agents, agency and company personnel. Last year's EXPO was a huge success. More than 150 independent insurance agents registered. Click "Read More" for more information and to get started.
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 PIAW Happenings


PIA National Federal Legislative Summit
The PIA National Annual Federal Legislative Summit has finished. A couple of hundred PIA member independent insurance agents went to Capitol Hill to talk to members of Congress and their staffs about issues critical to the insurance industry and to their businesses. The PIA Western Alliance sent a delegation and they represented the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.
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 Industry News from PIA Western Alliance


A positive: Insurance customers view insurance
The New York think tank Ethisphere Institute has named Hartford Financial Services Group the World's Most Ethical Company. Hartford Executive Vice President and General Council Alan Kreczko told Business Insurance his company "strives to exemplify exceptional character in all that we do."
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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California's 5.1 earthquake: Shaking ground, worried populace
The 5.1 earthquake and resulting aftershocks that recently hit La Habra, Calif., have geologists and seismology experts worried — and not worried. Some say this is just a preview of something bigger to come. While that's true, shakes like the quake in the Puente Hills, Calif., thrust fault are quite common and so are the nearly 100 aftershocks.
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Drinking and drugging on the job
One in 10 small-business owners or managers say they had at least one person show up for work while under the influence of a controlled substance. This from a study by Employers Holdings. Employers' COO Stephen Festa said the most commonly abused substances are alcohol, marijuana or prescription painkillers or a combination of two or all three.
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Insurance 2013 finances: It wasn't a bad year
Fitch Ratings said there are 48 publicly traded P&C insurance companies. They stretch across five insurance subsectors. For them the year-end financial results for 2013 were outstanding.
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Update on Cover Oregon: Nonworking website fix pros, cons
Cover Oregon is the Affordable Care Act's greatest failure. Oregon's website designed to enroll the uninsured and those with insurance needing or/and seeking an insurance change is still not working. It is the only state-operated health insurance website still not working.
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Obamacare deadline extended
Those who've kept up with the unfolding unrolling of the Affordable Care Act are not surprised that the Obama administration has extended the March 31 deadline to sign up for the health insurance for those unable to finish registering by the end of the day. As long as they've tried to sign up by March 31, they have until mid-April to complete the process.
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Update: Oso, Washington, mudslide
It's an ongoing story. At the time this is written, 21 people have been confirmed dead. Of the 21, six have not been identified. The list of missing is down from a couple of hundred to 30. By the time Weekly Industry News is published, both lists will likely have changed.
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WellPoint: Obamacare double-digit rate raise
It's going to be a couple of months before we know just how much insurers are going to raise health insurance rates. That they'll go up is not a question. All experts agree that the enrollment of young people in the health insurance exchanges has not met expectations and it those enrollments that are designed to pay the higher costs of those that are older.
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Insurers test data profiles to identify risky clients
The Wall Street Journal
Life insurers are testing an intensely personal new use for the vast dossiers of data being amassed about Americans: predicting people's longevity.

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Farm bill critics bash bill's insurance subsidies
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Most farmers won't see the benefits of the recently passed farm bill until 2015. Grain farmers — however — will. They'll have two-thirds of their insurance bill paid by the federal government.

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The individual mandate not much of a mandate
PIAW
The individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act says everyone is required to purchase — or have purchased for them — health insurance. If you don't do it by the registration deadline of March 31, then you will be fined. Well, maybe.

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 News You Can Use


Time for insurance to adopt 'lean'?
Insurance Networking News
"Lean" methodologies have been part of the manufacturing scene for decades. Ewan Duncan and Ron Ritter, both of McKinsey, recently published a paper that suggests that lean can benefit service-sector industries as well. As manufacturers have learned to appreciate, lean is about taking the waste out of processes. It's about continuous improvement. It's about using data to measure results. It's about employee empowerment. It's about putting customers first and foremost. While the authors don't specifically call out insurance, there's clearly some benefit the industry can gain from introducing lean principles into business processes. And many of the practices they describe already are unfolding in parts of many insurance companies.
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Increase your Facebook reach without paying for advertising
By Mayur Kisani
It is getting harder and harder for businesses on Facebook to reach their audiences. According to Facebook, it is due to the increase in the amount of content, the increasing number of businesses building a presence on the site and an effort to crack down on spam. But many also believe that Facebook has decreased the reach of pages in order to make businesses pay for promoted posts and advertisements, thus increasing revenue for Facebook. So just like everything online, there are a few ways that might help increase your reach on Facebook without having to pay for promoted posts or ads.
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