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Hurricane Relief Bill Includes NFIP Debt Forgiveness

Recently President Donald Trump signed the $36.5 billion disaster aid bill that contains $16 billion in debt forgiveness for the NFIP. The relief package, which includes funds for recovery from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, was approved by the House on October 12 and the Senate on October 24.

PIA issued a statement praising the NFIP debt forgiveness, which will allow it to continue to pay claims, as it had already reached its borrowing limit. PIA is continuing to work with Congress to provide a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP that recognizes the vital role independent insurance agents play in delivering the program to policyholders. The authorization for the flood insurance program is currently set to expire on December 8.

We expect the month of November to be a busy one on the NFIP front as Congress tries to find agreement on a long-term reauthorization before its expiration. While a long-term reauthorization is still very possible, the closer we get to the December 8 deadline, the more likely there will be another short-term extension of the program.

Looking for Good Help?

PIA, along with other industry colleagues, are partnering with ULM Department of Risk Management and Insurance for the 2017 Risk & Insurance Talent Search. Mark your calendar for November 14 - 15, 2017 and plan to join us in Monroe — if you are looking for talented staff to bring in to your agency you won't want to miss this opportunity, including a welcome reception, career fair with exhibit booths, round table discussions, lunch and interviews.

Registration Packet        Register Online       

2018 Open Enrollment: Understanding Your Options

During the fall is when most people must make decisions about health care for the coming year. First, decide where your health insurance is coming from — for example is it provided through your employer, will you buy it on your own or are you eligible for Medicare? Then, focus on information specific to your situation. You can use our annual health insurance check-up table for tips on deadlines and important questions to ask. Most American access health in one of three ways.


Upcoming PIA Events
11/21/2017 -- Acadiana Chapter Meeting

12/01/2017 -- New Orleans Chapter Christmas Party & Installation

12/05/2017 -- North Shore Chapter Meeting

12/05/2017 -- Northeast Chapter Meeting

12/07/2017 -- YIP Holiday at the Races

12/12/2017 -- Northwest Industry Cocktail Party

12/12/2017 -- Acadiana Chapter Meeting

12/13/2017 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

01/18/2018 -- YIPS Annual Conference

01/19/2018 -- YIPS Annual Conference

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PIA Members Send Supplies to Puerto Rico

Generous PIA members are continuing to support the PIA Disaster Relief Fund, which is purchasing and sending emergency supplies to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Supplies are being sent to the office of PIA of PR and the Caribbean, for distribution. The first shipment included nearly 1,500 batteries, portable showers, portable stoves, battery-powered fans, radios, and more! Additional shipments will follow.

A big thank you to all who have contributed to the fund! If you haven’t contributed to the fund yet, you can do so by submitting a contribution form or by contacting the PIA office at 703-836-9340. The supplies will be delivered to the PIA of Puerto Rico office as soon as possible, for distribution on the island.

You Still Have Time to Take the
PIA/National Underwriter Agent Survey!

Have you completed the questionnaire for the PIA/National Underwriter Independent Agent Survey? You still have time!

The PIA/NU survey, conducted in cooperation with renowned research firm Flaspöhler, is one of the most significant studies of independent insurance agents ever conducted. Every major carrier will see key results from this study. Make sure your views are included!


All PIA members who complete the questionnaire will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a free iPad!

You will find the results of the survey extremely valuable to your agency, both for benchmarking and for insight into the shared professional concerns of independent agents across America.

PIA Members who complete the questionnaire will receive valuable, exclusive information not published in National Underwriter or PropertyCasualty360.

If you have already completed the questionnaire, we thank you for your participation!

Thanks to Our 2017 PIA Partners:

Capital Premium Financing

Excalibur National Insurance Company

LUBA Workers' Comp

Markel FirstComp

SageSure Insurance Managers, LLC

Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.