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PIA National's District Lobbying Day — Aug. 19
PIA National's annual District Lobbying Day is Aug. 19. August is when Congress is on vacation and when your congressional delegation goes home to meet with constituents and to do other business. The annual DLD is when PIA members schedule meetings with members of their congressional delegation to lobby for insurance. PIA prefers the meeting to happen on Aug. 19, however, any day in August will work.
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Around the PIA Western Alliance States

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Meet Shiela Strubel — PIA Western Alliance director of marketing
Shiela Strubel is the new director of marketing for the PIA Western Alliance. She will coordinate and manage marketing, print and email campaigns, brand, website and social media management and sponsorship marketing.
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 Industry News from PIA Western Alliance


Brokers and the ACA: Some like it, others do not
Aflac recently surveyed brokers about the Affordable Care Act. In its study titled the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report for Brokers, Aflac found brokers are either redefining their roles in the health care landscape or they're bagging it entirely.
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The wind down: 2 insurers answer the big 'if'
AIG and Prudential Financial are two insurers that have been deemed systemically risky to the entire U.S. economy by the Dodd-Frank Act created Financial Stability Oversight Council. As part of the designation, both insurers presented plans to the FSOC that will be shared with the U.S Treasury and the Federal Reserve on how they'll unwind if they get into the kind of financial trouble AIG got into just before the Great Recession and before the federal government bailed it out to the tune of $189 billion.
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Cybersecurity 1: Montana health department hacked
We're just now learning about this. Some are asking the obvious questions: Why did the attack happen and how did the hackers manage to get through? Why did it take so long for the hacking of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to become public knowledge? Last July, the department said personal information of 1.3 million people was hacked. What's ironic is the state only has a population of around 1 million.
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Cybersecurity 2: Health care providers warned by FBI
We're halfway through 2014 and the U.S. has experienced 368 data breaches. The latest is from Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services. It just recently discovered that their system experienced a hacking almost a year ago in July. The attack affects 1.3 million people in a state with a population of just 1 million.
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Cybersecurity 3: ID theft rising, consumers angry and growing angrier
The Identity Theft Resource Center said we're half way through 2014 and so far we've seen 368 data breaches. That's up 19 percent from last year during the same time period. The number of personal records compromised? Try more than 10 million.
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Conning: Demographic changes and personal lines
Conning has a new study on the nation's demographics and how changes in those demographics are changing the face of personal lines insurance sales. The study is done every year and is titled Personal Lines Consumer Markets Annual.
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P&C profits fall in 1Q
The first-quarter results have been analyzed by the ISO and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. While quarter one wasn't a total disaster, it did show a weakening hard market if, indeed, it really ever was a hard market.
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New technology analyzes your face, predict how long you will live
The Washington Post via Chicago Tribune
Imagine that an insurance underwriter comes to your house and, along with noting your weight and blood pressure, snaps a photo of your face. And that those wrinkles, mottled spots and saggy parts, when fed into a computer, could estimate how long you will live.

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Producer pay: An interesting analysis
PIAW
A few reports were recently published by Insurance Business America on producer income. The first is a study by The Omnia Group and the National Alliance Research Analysis who say producers are compensated one of four ways.

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Supreme Court and Obamacare contraceptive mandate
PIAW
Most of you may know by now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The court said the two companies cannot be forced to provide contraceptives as part of the Affordable Care Act's required health insurance.

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Most HealthCare.gov inconsistencies unresolved
There were a lot of inconsistencies in the enrollment of people on HealthCare.gov. That's because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's system was not fully operational. And, it still may not be.
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The industry: What does an average agent make?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently came out with a list of 820 U.S. occupations and their average wages for 2013. Some of the information on the list is surprising. But some of it is not. It is, however, a fascinating look at U.S. salaries. Here are some numbers from the top to the bottom and a couple in the middle.
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Using postcards to generate calls and referrals
By Jeffrey Dobkin
A letter is the best marketing tool. In a letter, you have time and space to sell, sell, sell. You can explain benefits and features. You can show facts and figures. But a letter is a lot of work and expense: printing, folding, including a brochure to add a harder sell and credibility, envelope, mail shop services for inserting, postage, affixing postage, imaging name and address. Lots of handling. Postcards, on the other hand, can be effective and are certainly less work. Postcards enjoy high readership because once the recipient picks it up and is ready to toss it out — hey, she's read it!
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