Countdown to the 2015 PIA FLS Continues!
Members of PIA will bring Main Street to Capitol Hill when they convene
March 25-26 in Washington, D.C., for the 2015 PIA Federal Legislative
Summit (FLS). The FLS is a gathering of PIA members who come together
to meet with their members of Congress. During the 2015 PIA Federal
Legislative Summit, PIA members will advocate on a host of issues, with
a prime focus on healthcare, tax reform and insurance regulation. In
addition, many PIA members will engage their lawmakers on crop insurance,
flood insurance and many other issues.
"A new Congress always brings with it new opportunities," said PIA National
President Richard A. Clements. "Issues that have not been at the forefront
in recent years, such as tax reform, have a real shot at movement now."
Clements said early indications are favorable for passage of legislation
backed by agents.
The 2015 PIA Federal Legislative Summit begins on the evening of
Wednesday, March 25, at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, PIA's
headquarters hotel, with an in-depth issues briefing session and Q&A to
prepare attendees for their congressional visits. The day ends with a
reception hosted by PIA's agency-company council, The PIA Partnership,
as well as a fundraising dinner cruise on the Potomac River for the
Professional Insurance Agents Political Action Committee (PIAPAC).
The following morning, March 26, PIA members will gather for a kickoff
breakfast before making their way to Capitol Hill for a day of advocacy
visits with their members of Congress.
PIA's presence on Capitol Hill sends a strong message to Congress that
agents won't sit on the sidelines while important legislation moves
through Congress. We hope that you will join us for the FLS this year!
For more information and to register, visit the FLS webpage at
April 2015 Changes to NFIP Rates
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is providing a summary of
flood insurance rates and other charges for new or existing policies
beginning April 1, 2015, as a result of recent flood insurance
legislation known as the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability
Act of 2014 (HFIAA). Some of the changes taking place in April include
rate increases for most policies and an increase in the Reserve Fund
Rate Changes. The NFIP will be implementing annual rate changes using
rate-increase limitations set by HFIAA for individual premiums and
Reserve Fund Increase. In addition, Biggert-Waters required the
establishment of a Reserve Fund to help cover costs when claims
exceed the annual premium collected by the NFIP.
Please be on the lookout for the NFIP's next news alert about the
HFIAA surcharge, and share this alert with your colleagues. Be sure
to visit FEMA's
Flood Insurance Reform webpages and read the related
WYO Bulletins. You can also access the previous alert in this series
Social Media Tools on PIA's Website
PIA has a new and growing social media support center available to
PIA members on the PIA Branding Program web page of PIA National's
website. These resources include:
- archived social media webinars
- invitations to upcoming live webinars
- guidance on using free social media tools
- customizable social media policies for your agency
- a new hands-on guide to using LinkedIn to grow your agency
These tools and archived webinars are available exclusively to PIA
The following webinar recordings are now available:
- Using LinkedIn and Twitter to Promote Your Agency. Aired
live 2/18/15, featuring social media expert Ted Janusz.
- Developing Social Media Strategies for Your Agency for Bottom-Line
Business Results — Not for Geeks! Aired live on 12/8/14,
featuring social media expert Ted Janusz.
- Taking Control of Social Media and the Smartphone. Aired
live on 10/27/14, featuring social media/insurance marketing guru Tom Wetzel.