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In depth: PIA National's Besesparis on state vs. federal regulation
PIA National Senior Vice President Ted Besesparis says the battle over who should regulate insurance — the federal government or states — has been going on for decades. The issue flares up every couple of years and Besesparis thinks it's about to flare up again. In an article published in the December issue of American Agent & Broker magazine, Besesparis says it's time for the states and independent insurance agents to push back.
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NCOIL annual conference highlights: State regulation
State legislators from across the country gathered at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators. The conference was held Nov. 21-24 in Nashville, Tenn. PIA National was there. Association Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs David Eppstein represented PIA at the meetings. Also attending was National Association of Insurance Commissioners President and Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.
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Thanksgiving and cooking related claims
Thanksgiving is over. Weekly Industry News and the boards, management and staff of the PIA Western Alliance hope yours was relaxing, fun and meaningful. We belatedly express our thankfulness for you, your support of this association and of the independent agency system. While the holiday is over, the claims related to Thanksgiving are not. This story is about cooking claims.
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PIA National: Offering lower priced MVR quotes
PIA National says it can help you lower your agency's MVR expenses and prescreen clients. Through PIA's partnership with Drivers History, real-time, comprehensive driver's violation reports are now available for as little as 75 cents per transaction. These DocIT reports contain traffic and criminal traffic violation information on drivers sourced directly from court records — not the MVR.
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Special report: Insurance companies and congressional friends
Weekly Industry News found an interesting article from Kate Nocera of an online publication called BuzzFeed. In the article, she wonders if insurers have any friends left on Capitol Hill. Her theory is that Democrats have never liked them and now Republicans are starting to feel the same way. The Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — she says is to blame.
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HealthCare.gov working? Kind of
The Obama administration is claiming victory of sorts. It made the self-imposed end of November deadline and HealthCare.gov is working. Kind of. The overhaul — says Jeffrey Zients who supervised the fix — said recently that the website can take up to 50,000 people at a time and will process 800,000 visitors per day. In November, 100,000 people were able to navigate the broken website and sign up. But ABC News reports that only 26,000 were actually able to purchase health insurance.
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Not yet finished: Supreme Court and Obamacare
The U.S. Supreme Court is not done with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The court has agreed to hear arguments and to — once and for all — settle the dispute between the Obama administration and companies having religious objections to providing birth control within insurance policies. Contraceptives are required to be in the cost-free benefits of health insurance policies.
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NAIC Obama meeting: Obamacare and FIO, FSB
After millions of health insurance plans were canceled because they didn't meet the Affordable Care Act minimum standards, people complained. Lots of people. And loudly. President Barack Obama's fix was to tell people they can keep their plans if insurers agree and if the insurance commissioners of the individual states agreed. So far the reaction of insurers and insurance commissioners is mixed.
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Obama to NAIC: You don't have to go along with the fix
Officials from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners who met with President Barack Obama on Nov. 20 said he will not force state insurance regulators to follow his plan to allow insurance companies to renew health insurance policies that do not meet the Affordable Care Act's minimum essential benefit requirements. Those attending the Obama meeting made that statement in a conference call following the meeting.
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Obamacare exchange reluctantly reports breach
For the last couple of months, security experts have expressed concern over the security of information on Obamacare health insurance exchange websites. Now one has been compromised. The Vermont exchange — called Vermont Health Connect — has confirmed a security breach.
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Delay: Small business and Obamacare exchange
The Obama administration said small businesses are off the hook for an Obamacare requirement. At least in the 36 states served by the federal government's healthcare.gov. The reason is the federal government's small-business insurance exchange will not be ready until 2014.
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Obamacare and an insurance company payment proposal
There are lots of Affordable Care Act worries. Name the angle and someone is chewing fingernails. This angle involves insurers, the exchanges — or marketplaces as the administration now calls them — and the potential loss of profit to insurers from too many sick people participating in the exchanges. The Obama administration added to those worries when the president announced the fix of his promise, "if you want to keep your plan, you can keep it."
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2 House members propose an Obamacare slowdown
Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., and Charles Boustany, R-La., are both physicians. Bera likes the Affordable Care Act. Boustany not so much. What they do agree upon is that the rollout of Obamacare needs to slow down. That's why they introduced their Small Business and Family Relief Act.
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Insurance companies learn to gaze into the future
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Recently, James Taylor, president of Decision Management Solutions, in cooperation with SourceMedia, published the results of a survey on the use of cloud to support predictive analytics, finding a majority of companies from all industries are enthusiastic about its potential.

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US insurance companies expanding medical tourism coverage
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A growing number of insurance providers are exploring medical tourism as part of coverage.

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Congressional push to modify flood rates falters
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The Biggert-Waters Act reformed the National Flood Insurance Program, now rate increases for flood insurance are happening and those increases are making a lot of people unhappy.

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Obamacare insurer direct enrollment test
Insurers and the Obama administration are testing fixes to Healthcare.gov. One idea is to allow insurers and Web-based brokers to directly enroll consumers that qualify for subsidies under the law. Industry executives who recently met with the president urged him to resolve the problems preventing them from directly enrolling consumers in subsidized coverage.
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Cybercrime: Costs rising and is a big 1 coming?
Experts will tell you the new No. 1 threat to security in the United States is cybercrime. As we'll learn later, some think it's just a matter of time before the U.S. experiences a major attack; one that could cause dramatic problems for the country.
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Progressive CEO Peter Lewis dies at 80
Peter Lewis who, as CEO for 35 years, guided the massive growth and innovation at Progressive Corp. He died of a heart attack on Nov. 23. Lewis died at his Coconut Grove, Fla., home at the age of 80.
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Defending Obamacare: Obama on the offensive
President Barack Obama is going on the offensive. The administration says HealthCare.gov is fixed and working correctly — sort of — and for the next two weeks, Obama is going to tout the positives of his signature legislation.
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Driving deaths, distractions growing
Traffic deaths are rising. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this is the first increase since 2005. In 2012, there were 33,561 fatal accidents in 2012. That's 1,082 more than the 32,479 in 2011. A whopping 72 percent of that came during the first quarter of 2012.
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Beyond insurance: How to protect both the business and personal assets
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
In our litigious society, business owners, as well as their companies, are high-visibility lawsuit targets. Lawsuits and claims from employees, customers, competitors and even the government are part of doing business today — in virtually every field, including the insurance industry. Unfortunately, many such owners and business executives think that insurance is the only viable protection tool to shield their businesses and themselves from such litigation risks. However, as we will explore in this article, insurance policies have their limitations and drawbacks. Moreover, there are other techniques that can be explored to shield and build wealth and often save taxes. If you are interested in learning how to shield your business and personal assets while also reducing taxes and building wealth, please read on.
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