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Award Winning Journalist Bob Woodward to Keynote PIA FLS

Legendary author and award-winning journalist Bob Woodward will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 PIA Federal Legislative Summit.

Woodward will speak during the March 31 kickoff breakfast. His topic will be "From Nixon to Obama."

Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award, and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post's articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

Woodward has co-authored or authored twelve #1 national best-selling non-fiction books — more than any contemporary American writer. His books have chronicled the inner workings of seven presidencies, the CIA and the Supreme Court. In All the President's Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), co-authored with Carl Bernstein, Woodward tells the real story of Watergate. His most recent book, Obama's Wars, was released in September, 2010, and became a #1 national best-seller.

In 2004, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time."

PIA will bring Main Street to Capitol Hill during the 2011 PIA Federal Legislative Summit, March 30-31
in Washington, D.C.

PIA members who attend the summit will participate in high-level issue briefings and spend a full day visiting the offices of their Representatives and Senators, to advocate on behalf of PIA's positions on key issues of concern to professional insurance agents.

"This year's summit occurs as many issues with the potential to affect agents' bottom lines remain in focus on Capitol Hill," said PIA National Government Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Blackwell. "Regulatory reform, healthcare reform, natural catastrophe policy, flood insurance and crop insurance are all issues in play. Our members will be addressing them with their elected representatives."

PIA National President Fred Thomas said PIA members participating in the summit will tell their Members of Congress that America's professional insurance agents remain unalterably opposed to federal regulation of insurance, and are against a so-called optional federal charter for insurers and producers. "Our support for state regulation of insurance remains steadfast, along with our opposition to federal encroachment into our industry and our businesses," he said.

PIA members will also urge their Representatives and Senators to support legislation to exempt health insurance agent commissions from the medical loss ratio (MLR) formula that will be used by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to calculate allowable expenses under the 2010 healthcare reform law.

PIA of Louisiana Officers as well as YIP officers will be attending to represent Louisiana. However, if you would like to attend it's still time to register for the FLS! Plan now to join your fellow PIA members at the 2011 PIA Federal Legislative Summit. For all the details, just go here.

Thanks to Our 2023 PIA Partners:
AFCO Capital Premium Financing CRC Group Gulf States Insurance Co.
LRA Workers' Comp National General, an Allstate company Stonetrust Insurance
Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana
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