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PIA National installs new officers
PIA National has installed its new officers and board of directors. On Sept. 22 at the association's annual meeting, John "Johnny" Lee, CIC, CPIA, LUTCF, of Fredericksburg, Va., took the reins of the presidency. He will serve a one-year term as PIA president that began on Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30.
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Obamacare exchanges: 2 stories — Washington and Oregon
One of the hottest insurance topics is Obamacare and the start up of the insurance exchanges where individuals and businesses can now sign up an purchase health insurance plans. The annual PIA Oregon/Idaho and Washington/Alaska K-Klub summit was held recently in Vancouver, Wash. At the meeting, a considerable amount of time was spent on Obamacare and its impact on insurance, the insurance industry and on consumers.
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PIA Oregon annual Conferment Ceremony
PIA Oregon/Idaho Immediate Past President Chris Peterson greeted a packed room at the Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel recently. His task was to welcome the group to the 2013 PIA Oregon- National Alliance CIC, CRM and CISR Conferment Ceremony. Scholarships were awarded and the 2013 Oregon Customer Service Representative of the Year was named.
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PIA Washington/Alaska and IIABW's Annual Conference
PIA Washington/Alaska teams up again this year with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington for its annual conference. This year the third annual Washington Joint Conference is Oct. 20-22 at The Sheraton Hotel in Seattle.
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Glitches mar rollout of health care marketplaces
InsuranceNewsNet.com
Technical glitches continued to plague the first day of health care signups for the Affordable Care Act — with the healthcare.gov website at times temporarily shutting down. Republican critics of the health care program were quick to point out the problems, while President Barack Obama said the mix ups largely were a consequence of massive consumer demand.
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Federal government shutdown effect on P/C insurance industry
Insurance Journal
If Congress fails to agree by midnight tonight on a resolution to continue funding the federal government, the property/casualty insurance industry should not be seriously affected by the resulting shutdown. The insurance industry is not totally immune to the economic effects of a government shutdown, but since the industry is largely regulated by the states, not Washington, D.C., the impact on the industry of federal workers not going to work should be minimal. Insurance licensing, product and rate approvals and other state regulatory activities will continue.
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 Industry News from PIA Western Alliance


Disaster preparation: Businesses are not ready
With the end of September came the end of National Preparedness Month. It's not likely a designation you've heard before. Or if you are familiar, most of you don't remember which month of the year it is celebrated. Do we dare think we celebrate National Preparedness Month? Probably not.
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The ups and downs of insurance jobs: Going up
Employment in insurance in recent years has been a roller coaster ride. Up one month and down the next. The July numbers were released recently and July 2013 had 2,400 more people working in insurance than in July of 2012.
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The flood rate hike crisis and flood insurance changes
As Weekly Industry News has reported a number of times, implementation of market-based rates for flood insurance is causing controversy in some communities. Some residents seeing huge increases on the horizon are experiencing flood "sticker shock." This has led to proposals in Congress to delay some increases in premiums resulting from last year's enactment of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12).
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The exchanges: Are we ready to use them?
Obamacare began in earnest. On Oct. 1, the state health exchanges opened for business. Though we're writing this a day before the exchanges open, experts tell us very little business will be done by the individual states exchanges. It may be December before things really get cooking.
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Oct. 1: Obamacare becomes reality — the polls
You're reading this soon after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becomes more of a reality. The health insurance exchanges — where individuals and small businesses can purchase insurance are now in operation. In some states they are working smoothly. Other states are not. Bugs will be ironed out as time goes forward and officials hope by the beginning of the year that everything will be working as it should.
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Workforce management tops list of challenges in P&C claims survey
Insurance Networking News
Biggest benefits from technologies include the use of automation and operational metrics, according to a new survey of chief claims officers by Towers Watson.

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Taking a look at the inevitable health exchange glitches
Insurance Networking News
Among other concerns, some big health insurers have decided not to participate in many state exchanges and patient advocates are worried insurers will create networks with fewer doctors and hospitals.

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State regulation of insurance: Jefferson would agree
PIAW
Ben Nelson is the CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He also had a long career in the U.S. Senate as a senator from Nebraska. With all that experience you have to assume that Nelson knows government.

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Avoid being a digital dodo bird
Insurance Networking News
For the past few years, one of the hottest terms has been digital disruption. It is often followed by agility, vision, change, infrastructure ... and extinction. But what is it and what does it really mean for you and your company? First, a simple, concise definition: "We think of it, simply, as having to do with business models that are fundamentally challenged by the digital age, by the Internet, by advances in consumer technology," according to The Business Review.
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Let your customers come up with content for your marketing efforts
By Cindy Woudenberg
These days there is a tremendous amount of content available to your customers and prospects online. That makes it essential for you to engage in and play in the marketing space of social media, online public relations, blogger relations, and article and email campaigns. The onslaught of information for customers has now forced businesses to become even more creative, engaging and entertaining. You literally have to fight for your brand online, and engage with a new breed of customer.
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