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Next Shutdown Deadline Days Away

Here we go again. The next deadline for Congress to take action to avoid a government shutdown is February 8.

Congress has yet to pass a long-term spending bill for fiscal year 2018, relying on a series of short-term continuing resolutions (CRs) to keep the government open. The latest one was signed by President Trump on Jan. 22, ending a three-day shutdown.

House and Senate leaders from both parties are negotiating a possible two-year spending deal, but optimism about an agreement being close has faded. Most observers believe that it will be necessary for Congress to pass yet another CR by February 8. So far, both Republicans and Democrats have expressed optimism that there will be another CR, the length of which is not yet known.

READ: GOP Leaders Confident There Won't be a Second Shutdown

An extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be needed in a new CR to keep the program going past Feb. 8. The current CR extended the NFIP only through Feb. 8.







What Does the Tax Cut Law Mean for Agents?

How will PIA members fare under the newly-enacted tax cut law? It depends.

PIA's counsel and director of regulatory affairs Lauren Pachman has an initial viewpoint.

Upcoming PIA Events
02/20/2018 -- Acadiana Chapter Meeting

02/21/2018 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

03/06/2018 -- Northeast Chapter Meeting

03/07/2018 -- New Orleans Chapter Meeting

03/07/2018 -- Northwest Chapter Meeting

03/08/2018 -- CISR Commercial Casualty-2
(Shreveport)

03/13/2018 -- CISR Commercial Casualty-1
(Kenner)

03/14/2018 -- CISR Commercial Casualty-2
(Baton Rouge)

03/14/2018 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

03/15/2018 -- CISR Personal Lines Misc.
(Lafayette)



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2018 PIA Federal Legislative Summit (FLS)

Tuesday April 24 - Wednesday April 25, 2018 Washington, D.C.

In 2017, PIA National's advocacy led to legislative victories for agents on vital matters like the inclusion of small businesses in tax relief and the introduction of legislation to repeal the Federal Insurance Office (FIO).

This year, 2018, promises to be another critical year for agents, as PIA National continues our advocacy to repeal or rein in the FIO and to ensure that the role of agents delivering crop insurance is protected in the Farm Bill, which expires on September 30. In addition, PIA National will work to protect agent commissions across all lines of insurance, including healthcare and flood insurance.

While most U.S. House members and Senators have their constituents' interests at heart, they don't know your business. Policymakers listen to those who show up and represent their profession.

Make Your Priorities Their Priorities.

For more information, visit www.piafls.com (which will be continuously updated with more information over the coming weeks) and\or contact your PIA affiliate.

For more details on this year's priorities click here or read the policies at PIA's website here.




Bulletin No. 2018-03: Rescission of Bulletin 2011-03 — Change
in Definition of "Small Employer" for the Purposes
of Medical Loss Ratio

Bulletin No. 2018-03 gives notice that Bulletin No. 2011-03 is rescinded. Bulletin No. 2011-03, issued on December 29, 2011, provided guidance and instruction to regulated entities for reporting medical loss ratio using the definition of "small employer" as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Click here to view.





Leadership and Management Are the Same Things, Right?

Leadership and management must go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing. Both are necessary for the success of your company but can you be good at both? Yes, but you have to first understand the differences between the two and why both are needed.

The Omnia Group will host a free webinar for PIA Agents on February 21 at 2:00 PM Eastern.

Attend the webinar and learn:

  • The definition of leadership and management and the differences between the two
  • Challenges to leadership and management
  • How to develop a personal action plan to maximize your success as a leader and manager


Learn more and register for the February 21 webinar. (PIA members only)







Thanks to Our 2018 PIA Partners:

Capital Premium Financing


Excalibur National Insurance Company


LUBA Workers' Comp

Markel FirstComp

SageSure Insurance Managers, LLC

Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.