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Independent agents drawn to tablet applications
Insurance Journal
Many independent insurance agents say that tablet devices are going to be more important in the next couple of years — particularly for sales presentations and accessing carrier-based training. This is among the many findings in a new national survey of agents conducted by Channel Harvest Research. The national survey of agents on their attitudes regarding carriers — on a wide range of issues — was sponsored by Insurance Journal.
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 PIAW Happenings


PIA National Annual District Lobbying Day
PIA National will hold its annual District Lobbying Day on Aug. 19. You — the PIA member — are encouraged to schedule meetings with your elected officials to discuss issues that are important — and often critical — to the professional independent insurance agents of the PIA and to the insurance industry overall.
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It's time: PIA Washington & IIABW Annual Washington Joint Conference
The annual WA Joint Conference of the PIA Washington/Alaska and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington changes venues this year and moves from Seattle's Emerald City to the beauty of one of Washington's premiere getaways. The WA Joint Conference will take place in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Oct. 2-3
Skamania Lodge
Stevenson, Washington


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PIA Montana's Annual Producer Seminar set
PIA Montana has scheduled its annual producer seminar. Montana independent agents, save the date and plan on joining us:

The PIA Montana Annual Producer Seminar
Oct, 16-17
The Holiday Inn, Bozeman, Montana

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Nominate someone: PIA honors its own
The independent insurance agents and agency owners, and employees of our company partners, are a huge part of the communities in which they live. Your PIA Western Alliance staff and management are in awe of you. Those in the agent and company community know how important we — as members of the insurance industry — are to our communities and those around us. In addition to being insurance experts that work diligently on behalf of your clients, you work as volunteers in government, civic organizations, churches, youth and young adult activities and impact people in your private lives. You make a difference in the lives of all around you.
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Jennifer Webb: PIA National's new counsel and director of regulatory affairs
PIA National has named attorney Jennifer (Jenn) Webb, Esq. as counsel and director of regulatory affairs. Webb is the former director of legislative affairs for Nolan Associates, where she managed legislative relations for the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and the National Conference of Legislators from Gaming States.
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 Industry News from PIA Western Alliance


NCOIL: Defending state regulation
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators held an Executive Committee meeting on July 13. At the meeting, NCOIL's executive board unanimously adopted several resolutions. Three of them seek to strengthen the role of state insurance regulators and legislators in international insurance issues. It's a topic highly supported by PIA.
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Cover Oregon update: Agents not being paid
The health insurance agents of Oregon are responsible for writing 50 percent of the business for the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange Cover Oregon. As you know the exchange — or marketplace as the administration wants them called — is the biggest Obamacare failure to date.
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Obamacare: 2 courts, 2 decisions, no confusion
You've all heard the decision. One appeals court — a three-judge panel — ruled the Medicaid subsidies used to help the poor purchase their Obamacare health insurance in the 36 states that are using the federal government's HealthCare.gov exchange are illegal. The Affordable Care Act states that states can offer the help. The federal government is not mentioned therefore the court says the subsidies are illegal.
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Obamacare: The nation's highest and lowest number of uninsureds
When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, supporters — including President Barack Obama — promised it would lower the number of us without health insurance. According to statistics compiled by the financial social network WalletHub — and based on data from the Kaiser Family Foundation — it worked somewhat and the uninsured rate dropped nationwide by 3.5 percent from 17.72 to 14.22 percent.
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Letters to the editor
Weekly Industry News received comment on a story we did on wildfires. It was sent to us from Karl Newman of the Northwest Insurance Council.

Your PIA West wildfire story, "The West is on Fire," is informative, well-written and rightly emphasizes personal responsibility. The tragic loss of more than 200 homes in Washington and Oregon in July and the negative impact on people and communities, highlights the need to help others avoid future losses like these.

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TRIA update: An uncertain future in the House
Fairly recently, the U.S. Senate passed a reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. While it's not supported completely by the PIA or other insurance associations and groups, the Senate version is something the industry can accept.
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What InfoSec can learn from the insurance industry
IT News
Banks are robbed in different ways these days. Putting a gun in a teller's face with the inevitable ensuing police chases is very risky compared to remotely conducted Internet heists, which often are more profitable, too. The problem is, experience-led security isn't the easiest to achieve in the internet era.

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Mosquitos: A bit about the bite
PIAW
First of all, mosquitos don't bite. They suck. And, according to experts, some people seem to be immune to their "bite." Mosquitos like 1 out of every 5 people. So, if you're being bit — or sucked — regularly, then you're one of those not immune. But why?

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Insurance industry joins taxis in fight against Uber, Lyft
The Whittier Daily News
Travelers and bar-hoppers used to taxi to their destinations. Now many "Uber" to where they want to go. But the dirt-cheap fares of the ride-sharing services that appeal to so many patrons could be coming to an end as two Assembly bills that would regulate Uber, Lyft and similar services work their way through the state Senate.

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It's easy to fake your way to Obamacare subsidies
No surprise. Obamacare is under attack again. This time its because of a General Accounting Office investigation. The GAO had individuals go undercover to test the system. The secret shopper program created 18 fictitious scenarios and applied through the federal exchange by phone, online and in person. They submitted fake identification, citizenship data and falsified income. All but one were approved and given Medicaid health insurance subsidies on the exchange.
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CNN/ORC International's very interesting poll
If you haven't seen this one yet, CNN and ORC International conducted an interesting poll and in it asked if the November 2012 election were held today, who would you vote for President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. Romney would have won — and easily.
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Coordinate coverages to manage social media exposures
Insurance Networking News
Many would not be surprised to hear that many companies have turned to social media to help drive their business success. The simple combination of content, user communities and Web 2.0 technologies is transforming the way we do business and how we engage with customers and suppliers.
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