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Where agents earn the most and least
Agents in two PIA Western Alliance states — Oregon and California — are among those making the best income from the insurance business. That's good news. The bad news is agents in five PIA Western Alliance states are among the worst paid in the nation. Those states are Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Washington and Nevada.
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A last look: PIA National on the November election
First of all, in a recent post, PIA National congratulated the winners in the midterm elections and the association looks forward to Congress making progress in dealing with important insurance issues. PIA National Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Becker said, "The voters have spoken and as a result, new opportunities may open up for legislative action that will have an impact on insurance issues."
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The Affordable Care Act at age 2
Year two of the Affordable Care Act has started. The second year of open enrollment began last Saturday. The sophomore year is generating big questions from consumers, producers and Obamacare supporters and critics:

  • Will the exchange — or exchanges — work as advertised?
  • Will insurance producers be paid and paid within a reasonable amount of time?
  • How many consumers will go back to the exchanges?


  • Bankrate.com found a majority of users of the exchanges — 51 percent — aren't satisfied and will go elsewhere to get the required health insurance in 2015.

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    Obamacare year 2: The employer
    Most employers — and that is many of you — have already finished your employee health insurance for 2015. ADP Research Institute said this year's effort to get the job done was a real hassle. A major reason for 75 percent of the mid-size businesses — those with 50 to 99 employees — is a lack of "confidence their organization understands all of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) regulations that apply to their business."
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    Texting and driving: This ought to make you feel safe
    AT&T — the service provider for many of the devices people use to text — did a survey on texting and driving. It found that most of us agree texting and driving is dangerous. But we do it anyway. Frightening.
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    Which of your customers could use an umbrella?
    By Curtis Pearsall, President, Pearsall Associates, Inc., and Special Consultant to the Utica National E&O Program
    When looking at various E&O claims involving umbrella coverage, there are circumstances where the "gaps" between the actual underlying limits and those required are major concerns. However, in the majority of those cases, the real issue is the lack of the umbrella. Essentially, there is a claim where the underlying limits were not sufficient to cover the claim. Unfortunately, when this occurs, the possibility that the agency could be involved in litigation due to the absence of the umbrella increases. Why, then, don't more personal and commercial customers have this important coverage?
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    The cost of owning a vehicle state-by-state
    Bankrate.com did a survey of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and found it is cheaper to own a vehicle in most Midwestern states than in other parts of the nation. But that's relative. Owning and operating a car or truck — or other modes of transportation — is expensive.
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    Hiring a producer: Is pulling teeth easier
    No one disputes the independent agency system is growing older. Replacing all that lost talent — or soon to be lost talent — is growing from a problem into a crisis. Here's why. Those that are job hunting aren't job hunting in the insurance sector. That's the conclusion of Reagan Consulting.
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    Earthquakes in odd places
    Northwest Montana got hit last week by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake. The epicenter was 31-miles northeast of Thompson Falls and geologists say it was 3.5 miles deep. No damage was reported.
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    Holiday parties: Some cautions, precautions and warnings
    The holidays begin in a week or so. Thanksgiving in November and Hanukkah then Christmas in December. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day end the year. All that celebration means parties at the agency or the company and parties with clients.
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    PIA National's PIA Connection wins MarCom Award
    PIA Connection — PIA National's monthly magazine — was given the prestigious 2014 Gold MarCom Award by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The annual international awards competition recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals.
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    Cybersecurity: Apple gets a bug
    PIA National issued this bulletin last week. If you didn't see it and if you have an Apple iPad or iPhone for work or a Mac laptop or desktop, you'll need to pay attention to this one. This alert was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on a cyberthreat for Apple iOS devices.
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    Around the PIA Western Alliance States

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