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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.
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
The Holiday Inn
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Around the PIA Western Alliance States
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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
a pretty good shot. The bipartisan 93-4 yes vote says
it's something all can agree upon.
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.
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.
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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