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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. Where agents earn the most and least
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From Nov. 19: 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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9. Flood reforms passed: Now hurry up!
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From April 16: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started implementing the Biggert-Waters Act reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program just passed by Congress. And those changes are being made quickly. Or as quickly as a Washington bureaucracy can move.
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8. Will Google enter the insurance industry?
TechCrunch
From June 25: When it comes to collecting and organizing information, Google is well on its way to establishing its hegemony through the registration of 6 billion daily unique searches and indexing of more than 50 billion Web pages. What remains to be seen is how this information is being made universally accessible and at what price. One of the industries that has particular advantage of access to the world's information is insurance.
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7. Hiring a producer: Some tips
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From Nov. 13: Reagan Consulting did a study on hiring producers. The study is titled Reagan Consulting Producer Recruiting & Development. It found just 56 percent of those surveyed reported a positive experience with hiring a new producer. A little over half last more than a year on the job.
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6. Insurance industry joins taxis in fight against Uber, Lyft
The Whittier Daily News
From July 23: Travelers and bar-hoppers used to taxi to their destinations. Now many "Uber" to where they want to go. This evolution from hailing a cab to apping for a Lyft has disrupted the taxi and limousine industries for the past two years. Customers summon a car with a few taps on a smartphone. GPS-enabled maps make it easy for drivers and passengers to find each other. And no cash is exchanged — the fare is automatically deducted from a passenger's credit card, which is linked to the app. But the dirt-cheap fares of the ride-sharing services that appeal to so many patrons could be coming to an end as two Assembly bills that would regulate Uber, Lyft and similar services work their way through the state Senate.
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5. Obamacare's Cadillac tax: The controversy heats up
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From Nov. 5: Starting in 2018 the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare as it is best known — assesses a 40 percent excise tax on group health care premiums that exceed $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for family coverage.
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4. Auto insurance at Wal-Mart?: PIA National reacts
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From May 7: Everything at Wal-Mart is cheaper. No. We don't want to pick on Wal-Mart and need to be fair. Less expensive might be a better description. Working on that theory and the theory that everyone loves shopping at America's greatest superstore, Wal-Mart is now offering auto insurance. The superstore has partnered with autoinsurance.com to develop a website where consumers can compare their auto insurance rates and shop for less expensive policies.
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3. Supreme Court and Obamacare contraceptive mandate
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From July 2: Most of you may know by now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The court said the two companies cannot be forced to provide contraceptives as part of the Affordable Care Act's required health insurance. The decision applies only to "tightly-held" for-profit corporations. The most serious implication of the decision is that the court has expanded corporate rights and says that these for-profit companies have religious rights and can claim religious freedom under federal law.
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2. Cover Oregon: An Obamacare exchange horror story
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From Jan. 29: Like all state exchanges and the federal government exchange, Cover Oregon — Oregon's Affordable Care Act exchange — was supposed to be up and running in October. It still is not working.
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1. Agents react to Wal-Mart, Overstock in insurance: 'We aren't dead or dying, we are evolving'
Insurance Journal
From June 18: Recent announcements by giant retailers Wal-Mart and Overstock.com that they are entering the insurance sales game have elicited a healthy response from the insurance industry. Some agents have expressed concern and frustration at the notion that their way of doing business may no longer be relevant, while others acknowledge the industry is changing and that they must change with it.
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