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2014 Year in Review
As 2014 comes to a close, PIAW would hope its members, partners and other industry professionals enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Weekly Industry News a look at the Top 20 most accessed articles from the year. We will split these in two issues. Top articles 1-10 will publish Dec. 23 and the top articles 11-20 will publish Dec. 30. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 7. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 7.





10. PIA pressures Oregon Legislature on Cover Oregon
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From Feb. 12: Most of Western Oregon has been covered in snow and ice for in the recent week, so there has been no official response from the state to a letter PIA Oregon/Idaho sent to all 90 members of the Oregon Legislature. The association has extended a hand to help Cover Oregon solve its problems.
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9. Pet insurance: The hottest new employee benefit
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From Sept. 24: It's open enrollment season. That's the time when we struggle to figure out how our health insurance has changed and how other employment benefits are different, better or gone. That said, the Hartville Pet Insurance Group did a survey on pet insurance at the annual meeting of the Society for Human Resource Management. The topic was benefits and specifically new benefits. Pet insurance, it seems, is the hot new benefit.
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8. Aetna CEO on Obamacare, healthcare
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From Jan. 29: Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini recently let it all hang out about the Affordable Care Act and rising medical costs. He wasn't positive about it either.
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7. Faking honesty is not a good E&O tool
By Curtis M. Pearsall, CPCU, AIAF, CPIA, president, Pearsall Associates Inc and special consultant to the Utica National E&O Program
From April 23: The great comedian Groucho Marx once said, "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." As interesting as it may sound, it is probably fair to say that Groucho was not an insurance producer. If he had been, he may have been involved in an E&O claim or two.
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6. Ebola: The insurance impact
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From Oct. 29: The Ebola epidemic in Africa is causing concern among U.S. residents. It is having a similar impact on insurance. To counter the concern, the Insurance Information Institute posted a comprehensive fact sheet on Ebola and its effects on U.S. insurers on its website. It is titled Facts and Perspectives on the Ebola Pandemic and is authored by Dr. Steven Weisbart, the institute's chief economist.
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5. Sept. 11: 13 years and TRIA renewal
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From Sept. 10: It has been 13 years since that awful day. On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists from al-Qaida took control of four planes and crashed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City, one of them into the Pentagon and another crashed in Pennsylvania before it could complete its mission. When the destruction was done, close to 3,000 people were dead. The damages to the U.S. and the world economy ended up being trillions of dollars. Insured losses were $32.5 billion dollars.
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4. Napa earthquake 1: Comparisons
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From Sept. 3: Insurance Information Institute President and economist Dr. Robert Hartwig dug into some earthquake facts after the recent 6.0 Napa earthquake. Hartwig said though this is a big and expensive quake, it still is too soon to determine just where this one sits in the damage and intensity record books. "The January 1994 Northridge, California, quake registered a 6.7 magnitude on the Richter scale, and caused $24 billion in insured losses, in 2013 dollars," Hartwig said.
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3. Wal-Mart enters the auto insurance business
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From April 30: Wal-Mart is entering the auto insurance business in its latest move to offer affordable financial services to customers, the company announced. The world's largest retailer is partnering with AutoInsurance.com, a price-comparison and shopping website. The website was created after Walmart approached parent company Tranzutary Insurance Solutions with the idea to create an integrated auto insurance service that lets consumers shop for and purchase policies on one site, instead of directing them to the individual sites of specific insurance providers when they're ready to buy.
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2. Massive landslide in Washington state: What we know now
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From March 26: This is an on-going, rapidly changing story. What we are writing now and that you are reading may have drastically changed. Here's what happened and what Weekly Industry News knows now. A massive landslide hit the small Washington town of Oso, 55 miles northeast of Seattle, on March 22. The slide is said to be have covered one-square mile. At press time, 14 people are dead and 176 are listed as missing. John Pennington, who heads Snohomish County's emergency management agency, said he does not expect the 176 figure to be the number of fatalities when all is said and done.
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1. Analysis: The rollout is over — Obamacare now the law
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From Jan. 1: Recently in Portland, Ore., at the beginning of nearly every segment, KXL radio talk show host Jim Villanucci warned his vast audience to make sure their insurance is active before visiting a doctor, hospital or medical facility. Obamacare is in full swing and Villanucci and others in media quoted horror stories of people wanting care being rejected by doctors because their insurance isn't valid. People are confused. Doctors and hospitals are confused.
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