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Obama keep your plan decision: PIA Western Alliance insurance commissioners
President Barack Obama announced that as many as 5 million people losing their insurance policies because of ObamaCare regulations can now keep them. He's trying to fix his promise by letting people keep their health insurance plans if they like them. And he's doing it without legislation. Congress has ideas of its own on how to fix this and one plan has passed the House and another is being considered in the Senate.
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 PIAW Happenings


PIA National names Mike Becker EVP, CEO
PIA National has tabbed Mike Becker as its new executive vice president and CEO. He will take charge on Dec. 10. The announcement was made by current PIA National Executive Vice President and CEO Ron Von Haden.
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 Industry News from PIA Western Alliance


PIA National, Obama agree — at least on this
In his Nov. 14 address to reporters on the rollout of Obamacare and all of the problems the administration has faced in getting the Affordable Care Act implemented, President Barack Obama said something that struck a chord with PIA National. He said, "Buying health insurance is never going to be like buying a song on iTunes. You know, it's just a much more complicated transaction."
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Obamacare by the numbers
Volumes have been written about the pitiful rollout number from the state run Obamacare exchanges and the very badly planned federal government exchange. The government refers to them as marketplaces.
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NFIP rate raise controversy: A Senate vote soon?
The U.S. Senate may vote soon — and may have even already voted — on a bill to delay the flood insurance rate increases from the Biggert-Waters Act for four years.
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Federal Reserve nominee Yellen: 1 size does not fit all
Unlike many wanting to keep the nation's financial system from another serious meltdown, Federal Reserve Board Chair nominee Janet Yellen seems to get it. In her nomination testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen said there are "critical differences" between banks and insurance companies.
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Obama: You can keep your insurance
President Barack Obama apologized for the Obamacare rollout disaster and announced a fix of his pledge that if people like their health insurance, they can keep their health insurance.
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The farm bill: Still no movement
Passage of a much-needed new five-year farm bill by the U.S. Congress is looking more iffy by the day. Kansas University agriculture expert Barry Flinchbaugh gives it a 50-50 chance. Food stamp funding and how much to spend on food stamps is hanging up the bill's passage. It now is more than a year late.
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The direct-auto market: GEICO vs. Progressive
GEICO mixes it up. The company has the gecko, used to have a caveman and also uses a mixture of short, funny skits featuring celebrities and regular people to market the company. Progressive pretty much sticks with the very popular Flo who is set in a variety of teaching and sometimes humorous situations. There are a couple of other insurers pushing to get a share of the direct-auto market, but neither compares to the success of GEICO and Progressive.
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Viable fix for indiviual market may be nonstarter
Politico
It's not so easy to repair the White House's broken promise that millions of consumers would be able to keep their insurance coverage under Obamacare, according to several health and insurance industry experts.

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Obamacare navigator controversy — Exchanges want more agents, brokers
PIA
PIA National reports that most states have not acted to protect consumers from the risks associated with working with health insurance navigators. Your association says the NAIC is drafting language to help clarify the various roles of individuals and entities in the exchange.

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Industry criticizes CFA auto insurance report
The Consumer Federation of America says California has the best and most consumer friendly auto insurance industry in the United States. The CFA gives the credit to proposition 103. If the CFA had its way, all states would have a Prop 103.
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Cyber security — several angles
Security of data is becoming much more important to insurers these days. A survey of 90 insurers by PricewaterhouseCoopers found 39 percent are monitoring and addressing cyber threats.
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Study: NAIC and newlyweds
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners apparently tracks these things. The official engagement season runs from Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day. That's when 39 percent of marriage proposals are made.
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How to get into that big account
by John Chapin
It is possible to land almost any account, all that's needed is the right plan, consistency and persistence. Of course, before you can land that big account, you have to get in the door. This article will tell you how to get an introduction to the key person or people at that major account. Next month I'll tell you how to land that big account and keep it for life.
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Time management: So much email, so little time
Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder of Real Life E Time Coaching & Training. She's an expert on time management and recently wrote an informative article on what the best CEOs in the country do with their email. Saunders gives advice on what you ought to do with yours.
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Digital or traditional marketing? Depends on your business
Entrepreneur
Specialty bakery Pink Cake Box in Denville, N.J., jumped into digital marketing as soon as it opened for business in 2005 by focusing on its site and blog. "We saw it as a way to establish ourselves as an authority and not just display our cakes in the gallery like the competition did," says marketing director Jesse Heap. "We built a site that's updated on a frequent basis, has a blog, interacts with our customers, even provides education." The effort paid off: Pink Cake Box was profitable after one year.
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