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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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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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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
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.
A new Deductible Reimbursement Insurance is now available to all residents of the Western Region (except Alaska). Licensed insurance agents may now sign up on the ZeroDeductible website and offer deductible reimbursement insurance to their clients directly for their auto, home and boat policies.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
Digital or traditional marketing? Depends on your business
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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