PIA of Louisiana's 72nd Annual Convention
July 25-28, 2015 • Perdido Beach Resort
Orange Beach, AL
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Watch PIA's 10-Year Anniversary of Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita Video

In the News: Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later

PIA National President Richard A. Clements, David Clements and Tim Clements of Clements Insurance Services in Chalmette, Louisiana, share their personal experiences about the days before, during and after Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans area and how the insurance industry quickly jumped into action to help out the citizens impacted by the storm, in this video:

Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later (National Underwriter/PC360 8/18/15)

The Man Who Led the Hurricane Katrina Recovery: Ten years after the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history, Robert Wooley reflects on how the insurance industry did the work no one else could do. PIA's Lobbyist Robert Wooley was commissioner of insurance for Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina. He discusses the long days and nights following "The Storm," the wisdom of not making unrealistic promises in the face of desperation and lessons learned for the insurance industry, in an interview with National Underwriter/PC360 Editor-in-Chief Shawn Moynihan.

More than $2.3 Million in Additional Claims Payments Recovered for Louisiana Consumers So Far in 2015

Insurance policyholders who have questions about their coverage or who are not satisfied with the resolution of a claim are reminded to contact the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) for help. In the first six months of 2015, the LDI recovered an additional $2.37 million for insurance policyholders. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the funds are the result of LDI staff working with insurance companies to resolve complaints and are in addition to the original amounts offered to consumers by their insurance companies.

"As part of our charge to make certain that insurers comply with laws in place to protect policyholders, the LDI works with insurance companies to resolve formal complaints and, if warranted by their case, can aid policyholders in securing additional insurance settlements," said Commissioner Donelon. "Our trained Consumer Services staff are available to assist with inquiries and if you're at odds with your insurance company, you can call us to learn what your options are. We often hear from grateful consumers who were not aware that help is just a phone call away." To view a recent consumer testimonial, please visit the Department's video channel at www.youtube.com/LAInsuranceDept. More...

Upcoming PIA Events
09/02/2015 -- New Orleans Chapter Meeting

09/03/2015 -- Northwest Chapter Meeting

09/08/2015 -- CPIA-1 Position For Success
(New Orleans, LA)

09/15/2015 -- CISR Personal Auto
(Shreveport, LA)

09/16/2015 -- PIA National Fall Governance Meetings

09/17/2015 -- CISR Personal Auto
(Lafayette, LA)

09/17/2015 -- PIA National Fall Governance Meetings

09/18/2015 -- PIA National Fall Governance Meetings

09/19/2015 -- PIA National Fall Governance Meetings

09/22/2015 -- Acadiana Chapter Meeting

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New Deputy Commissioners Announced at DOI

Commissioner Donelon announced two new appointments to offices that strive to inform consumers of their rights and work to educate the public to eliminate waste and fraud. Jeffrey Zewe has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of the newly formed Office of Consumer Services and Darie Jordan has been named Director of the Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (LATIFPA).

"Both of these offices are essential to the consumer experience. The Office of Consumer Services is on the front line of assisting consumers with questions, concerns and guidance about insurance. The LATIFPA works to educate consumers and to reduce theft and fraud—one of the causes of inflated policy costs in our state. I have full confidence that Jeff and Darie will bring a wealth of knowledge and fresh perspectives to guide these offices," said Commissioner Donelon.


Department of Insurance Cautions Senior Citizens of
Unlicensed Company Selling Dental Products

Senior citizens are being warned to be on the lookout for a company called Dental2U that is unlicensed to sell dental insurance in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Insurance obtained an Order from the 19th Judicial District Court against Dental2U, Paul A. Granzier and Richard N. Hartman for operating without a license. The company has been marketing and selling a dental plan to residents of long-term care and nursing home facilities in Louisiana and other states.

The Louisiana Department of Insurance received a complaint from a nursing home resident who reported that she and other residents had purchased dental plans from Dental2U which were marketed as insurance programs. The customer contacted the Louisiana Department of Insurance which investigated the matter and found that the company was not licensed to sell health, accident and life insurance products in the state of Louisiana.

"We are issuing a warning to seniors because we have learned this unlicensed company is targeting residents of nursing home facilities in south Louisiana, specifically in the Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge and northshore areas, and may be reaching out to potential targets in other parts of the state as well," said Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. "If a consumer wants to verify whether a company is licensed to sell insurance in Louisiana, they can call our toll-free number 1-800-259-5300."

A list of licensed companies is also located on the Louisiana Department of Insurance website www.ldi.la.gov. Commissioner Donelon urges consumers who feel uneasy about any insurance related transaction to call the Fraud Division of the Louisiana Department of Insurance at 225-342-4956 or 1-800-259-5300. If callers do not want their names used, they can request that their involvement be kept confidential.

Cyber Security and Insurance Coverages

Amid a rising number of data breaches, financial fraud and identity theft, cyber coverage is popular in today's excess and surplus (E&S) lines market, experts say. Cyber represents a small but expanding portion of the overall E&S market, says Randall W. Goss, chairman and CEO of U.S. Risk Insurance Group Inc. "[Cyber is] obviously the hot product today," said James Drinkwater, property/casualty brokerage division president of AmWINS Group Inc. in New York commenting this month in Business Insurance. "That's one of the things that everybody is looking at, and I think demand continues to increase."

PIA National Senior Vice President of Industry Affairs Patricia A. Borowski took a comprehensive look earlier this year at where the insurance industry stands on cyber coverage issues in her article in PIA Connection, Cyber Security and Insurance Coverages.

To find out more about the Cyber Liability Products available to you and your agency through PIA, please contact Natalie Cooper at www.piaoflouisiana.com. To get an easy quote, click here.

Thanks to Our 2015 PIA Partners:

American Strategic Insurance (ASI)

Capital Premium Financing

LUBA Workers' Comp

Markel FirstComp

Prime Rate Premium Finance Corporation

Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.