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Gearing up for PIA's Annual District Lobbying Day
PIA National is constantly working on your behalf. Here's a chance to work on your own. PIA National will hold its annual District Lobbying Day on Aug. 19. PIA members are encouraged to schedule meetings with your elected officials to discuss issues that are important to professional insurance agents. Congress is always on vacation in August and most members head home. This is where you come into the picture. While they are back home in their districts for the August recess, PIA is asking each of you to meet with your elected officials on or around Aug. 19. Our goal is to mobilize as many PIA members as possible.
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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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WSRB does an Oregon upgrade
Do you do business in Oregon? The Washington Survey & Rating Bureau just made your job easier. WSRB recently has upgraded its PropertyEDGE program with features to help you do business. By simply entering an address, you now get instance access to a variety of tools.
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PIA education favorite Gary Thompson to retire
PIA Oregon/Idaho said goodbye to Gary Thompson. He's retiring and the association. For those that don't know, Thompson was the education consultant for the Certified Insurance Counselor program in Oregon and Washington. He will finish his career as education consultant at the James K Ruble Seminar, Aug. 13-14 in Seattle.
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PIA Western Alliance affiliate chapters honor their own
Very soon, PIA Washington/Alaska, PIA Oregon/Idaho and PIA Montana will be recognizing the best of the industry's best as agents of the year, company people of the year and a blinder's award. In addition to being insurance experts that work diligently on behalf of your clients, you work as volunteers in your communities and that volunteer work ranges from government to civic organizations to youth and young adult activities and more. You make a difference. PIA wants to recognize that difference.
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PIA Montana CSR among nation's best
Teresa Sheppard, CIC, CISR, AAI, ACSR, CPIW, AIS, an account manager for Campbell Insurance in Brookneal, Virginia, has received the 2014 National Outstanding CSR of the Year Award. It is the most prestigious honor available to insurance customer service representatives.
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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


TRIA stalls in the House
The U.S. Senate passed a seven-year renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. It's S. 2244 and, while not perfect according to some insurance associations, it's a pretty good shot. The bipartisan 93-4 yes vote says it's something all can agree upon.
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Fires in the West and a link to consumer help
As of recent, there are two-dozen wildfires burning out of control in the western part of the United States. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America asked Weekly Industry News to publish a link to a brochure to share with clients and consumers who have lost property in any of those fires: After the Wildfire — Home Insurance Recovery Guide.
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New data on earthquakes: 16 states at high risk
The U.S. Geological Survey has updated its earthquake danger map. It's the first update since 2008. The picture isn't pretty. A full third of the U.S. states find themselves in the highest danger zone and some of those states were upgraded. A 10th of the nation saw the danger lowered.
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FEMA to start Biggert-Waters redo checks in October
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is beginning to implement the Biggert-Waters Act reforming Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Before the law was passed, the Biggert-Waters Act caused the flood insurance rates of many people to rise to rates very high, very quickly.
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Obamacare noncompliant fines
The Department of Health and Human Services has set the cap for fines for not registering for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. Fines are to be paid with income taxes when filing on or before April 15 or it can be deducted from tax refunds.
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FEMA administrator: The NFIP finances unsustainable
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate told the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that — in spite of reforms — the National Flood Insurance Program is still on shaky footing.
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Cyberrisk strategy must evolve to match changing threats
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Technology is the lifeblood of financial services today, with platforms designed for sharing data acting as the circulatory system linking insurers internally as well as externally with customers.

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Cover Oregon update: Agents not being paid
PIAW
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.

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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.

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Employers not up to speed on worker absence cost
The Aon Hewitt 2014 Health Care Survey found most employers don't take employee absence into account when it comes to the company's bottom line. Those following such statistics are surprised. Employee absence has a high cost of about 8 percent of all income.
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Hurricane Arthur's damages
Hurricane Arthur battered the east coast over the Independence Day weekend. It made landfall in North Carolina on July 3 and quickly weakened to a Category 1 storm. The hurricane went back out to sea, just off the coast of Massachusetts, on the July 4 and hit land a second time in Nova Scotia, Canada. Risk Management Solutions says Hurricane Arthur did around $250 million in property damage during its trip up the east coast.
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Another Obamacare Supreme Court appeal
Recently, the 4th Circuit Court said it was legal for the federal government to give Medicaid subsidies to states using HealthCare.gov instead of their own exchanges and another court — the D.C. Circuit Court — said it isn't.
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HealthCare.gov: Obamacare website costs are costly at $840 million
HealthCare.gov began as a bust. An expensive one. It's still not working at 100 percent capacity and many parts still are under construction — or so says the Government Accountability Office. And the price tag so far? $840 million. That's up $163 million since former Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius began repairs on the website in December.
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P&C rates for 2Q
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers' quarterly report the Commercial Property/Casualty Market Index Survey has been released. It states that in the second quarter, property and casualty insurance rates sagged to the softer side of the scale.
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