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Underwriters, Agents Launch New Coalition

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Association of Health Underwriters (FAHU) and the Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) have joined forces to create a unified voice for health insurance and employee benefits agents in Florida. 

The new Florida Health Insurance & Employee Benefits Coalition will advocate for agents in the legislature, the executive branch, and the regulatory arena. 

“This coalition was forged to be a strong, vocal alliance for health and benefits associations, agents, and employees,” said Matt Dinkel, chair of the coalition and FAHU’s legislative chair. “Our goal is to make a high priority of the governmental objectives of our member organizations, and to ensure that their concerns are continually addressed.”

An advisory board made up of three members from each organization oversees the coalition. The 2014-15 members are: 

  • Chair Matt Dinkel of Fort Myers (FAHU)
  • Vice Chair John Lacey of Clearwater (FAIA)
  • Case Fessler of Clearwater (FAIA)
  • Donna Fogle of St. Augustine (FAHU)
  • Don Marx of Leesburg (FAHU)
  • Angie Vitale of Maitland (FAIA)  

The advisory board will meet periodically to discuss relevant industry issues and develop consensus on issues of mutual interest to the member organizations. 

“Health and benefits agents work closely with small business owners and understand the issues that matter most,” said John Lacy, vice chair of the coalition and chairman of the FAIA Health & Benefits Task Force. “Our business and our customers’ businesses will benefit from the combined efforts of these respected organizations.” 

FAHU is a non-profit organization of insurance professionals dedicated to serving the public by strengthening the insurance marketplace, advocating for effective legislation, ethical leadership and professional standards, and by educating our members and the consumers they serve.  

This Week in Insurance: October 20–24, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Executive Compensation Committee meeting, 9:30 a.m. To participate in the teleconference, please contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 

This Week in Insurance: October 13–17, 2014

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 

  • OIR Public Hearing, NCCI workers’ compensation rate proposal, 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Room 401, Senate Office Building). 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

  • DFS Rule Hearing, Repeal of Rule 69L-6.026, F.A.C. requiring periodic reports; 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee. For more information, contact Robin Delaney at 850-413-1775 at the Division of Workers’ Compensation. 

See it to believe it: Florida's turnaround under Rick Scott

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In August, Florida created 23,000 new private-sector jobs, which brings the total number of jobs created under Governor Rick Scott to 643,100! At the same time, he’s paid down $3.6 billion of the state’s debt, and paid back $3.5 billion Florida owed to the federal government for unemployment insurance.

FAIA is proud to support the campaign to re-elect Governor Rick Scott, and here's just a few reasons why. Share if you agree!

Turnaround 

This Week in Insurance: September 22–26, 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 

  • Florida Cabinet, 8:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Winter Park (The Alfond Inn, 300 East New England Ave).   

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors meeting, 9:00 a.m., Winter Park (The Alfond Inn, 300 East New England Ave). To participate via conference call, dial 888-942-8686 and use access code: 5743735657#. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

  • DFS Rule Hearing/Workshop, Rule 69B-215.90 (Information to be Provided When Recommending the Surrender of an Annuity or Life Insurance Policy with a Cash Value), 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Room 143, Larson Building, 200 E. Gaines St). For more information, contact Ray Wenger at 850-413-5654 or Ray.Wenger@myfloridacfo.com. 

FAIA collects three awards at Big ‘I’ Fall Meeting

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Political action and community involvement are hallmarks of FAIA’s Young Agents Council members, and their hard work earned them two awards at the Big “I” Leadership Conference, held last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. FAIA’s YAC was recognized for Outstanding InVEST Support and Outstanding Political Involvement.

Also earning accolades at the conference was FAIA’s Education department, which earned an Excellence in Insurance Education Diamond award for the fifth consecutive year. The award recognizes state associations and staff who have made significant contributions to education for their members and the industry in the key area of class offerings, continuing education (CE), professionalism, designation offerings, industry collaboration, planning goals, marketing, resources, and more.

This Week in Insurance: September 15–19, 2014

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

  • DFS Rule Hearing/Workshop, Proposed changes to Rules 69B-220.051 and 69B-220.201 (Conduct of Public Adjusters and Public Adjuster Apprentices, and Ethical Requirements for All Adjusters and Public Adjuster Apprentices), 9:30 a.m., Tallahassee. For more information, contact Barry Lanier at 850-413-6501 or Barry.Lanier@MyFloridaCFO.com. 

This Week in Insurance: September 8–12, 2014

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Monday, September 8, 2014 

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Claims Committee teleconference, 1:00 p.m. To participate in the call, dial 866-361-7525 and use conference ID 5219676193#. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Information Systems Advisory Committee teleconference, 10:30 a.m. To participate in the call, dial 866-361-7525 and use conference ID 4869641229#. 

New Trusted Choice commercial debuts next week

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A new TV commercial that uses humor to convey how independent agents are “free to do what’s right for you” will begin running on national TV next week. The ad, which will run through August of 2015, is tag-able and can be customized for individual agencies.

Agents who have questions about the advertising schedule, the Freedom Campaign, or how to customize the ad for agency use should contact Kevin Brandt or Jenner Gohr for more information.

Advertising schedule

9/8-9/14
FOX News: Fox & Friends, Fox News Live, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, The Five, Special Report, O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Special, Geraldo at Large, Hannity, Fox Weekend Morning, Weekend Afternoon

9/22-9/28
FOX News: Fox & Friends, Fox News Live, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Special Report, O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Special, Geraldo at Large, Hannity, Fox Weekend Morning, Weekend Afternoon

10/6-10/12
MSNBC: Morning Joe, MSNBC Live (Daytime)

10/27-11/2
CNN: Early Start, CNN News Daytime, The Situation Room, Crossfire, Erin Burnett OutFront, Original Series/Specials, CNN Money, State of the Union w/Candy Crowley, Reliable Sources    

11/17-11/23
MSNBC: Morning Joe, MSNBC Live (Daytime)

1/5-1/11
FOX News: Fox & Friends, Fox News Live, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, The Five, Special Report, Huckabee, O’Reilly Factor, Geraldo at Large, Hannity, Fox Weekend Morning, Weekend Afternoon

1/19-1/25
CNN: Early Start, CNN News Daytime, The Situation Room, Crossfire, Erin Burnett OutFront, Anderson Cooper 360, Original Series/Specials, State of the Union w/Candy Crowley, Reliable Sources

2/2-2/8
CNBC: Worldwide Exchange, Squawk Box, Squawk on the Street, Closing Bell, CNBC Prime, On The Money

2/23-3/1
CNBC: Worldwide Exchange, Squawk Box, Squawk on the Street, CNBC Power Lunch, Street Signs, Closing Bell, CNBC Fast Money, Mad Money, CNBC Prime, On The Money

3/9-3/15
FOX News: Fox & Friends, Fox News Live, The Five, Special Report, Huckabee, O’Reilly Factor, Geraldo at Large, Hannity, Fox Weekend Morning, Weekend Afternoon

3/23-3/29
CNBC: Worldwide Exchange, Squawk Box, CNBC Power Lunch, Closing Bell, Mad Money, CNBC Shark Tank, CNBC Prime

4/6-4/12
CNN: Early Start, New Day, CNN Newsroom, CNN News Daytime, The Situation Room, Crossfire, Erin Burnett OutFront, Anderson Cooper 360, Parts Unknown, Original Series/Specials, CNN Money, New Day Sunday, Reliable Sources    

4/20-4/26
MSNBC: Morning Joe, MSNBC Live (Daytime)

5/4-5/10
CNN: Early Start, New Day, CNN Newsroom, CNN News Daytime, The Situation Room, Erin Burnett OutFront, Anderson Cooper 360, Parts Unknown, Original Series/Specials, CNN Money, New Day Sunday, Reliable Sources

5/18-5/24
CNBC: Worldwide Exchange, Squawk Box, Squawk on the Street, CNBC Power Lunch, Closing Bell, CNBC Fast Money, CNBC Prime, CNBC Shark Tank

6/1-6/7
CNN: Early Start, New Day, CNN Newsroom, CNN News Daytime, The Situation Room, Anderson Cooper 360, Original Series/Specials, New Day Sunday, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Crossfire

6/15-6/21
CNBC: Squawk Box, CNBC Power Lunch, Closing Bell, CNBC Fast Money, CNBC Prime, CNBC Shark Tank

6/29-7/5
FOX News: Fox & Friends, Fox News Live, The Five, Special Report, O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Specials, Hannity, Fox Weekend Morning, Weekend Afternoon

7/13-7/19
MSNBC: Morning Joe, MSNBC Live (Daytime)

7/27-8/2
MSNBC: Morning Joe, MSNBC Live (Daytime)

8/10-8/16
FOX News: Fox & Friends, Fox News Live, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, The Five, Special Report, O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Specials, Hannity, Fox Weekend Morning, Weekend Afternoon

 

This Week in Insurance: August 25–29, 2014

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

  • Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board, Meeting, 3:00 p.m., Tallahassee (Room 401, Senate Office Building). 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Public Rate Hearing for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Room 401, Senate Office Building). 
  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Rates & Forms Committee teleconference, 2:00 p.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at 941-378-7408.