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This Week in Insurance: July 18–22, 2016

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors teleconference, 11:00 a.m. To participate in the call, dial 1-888-942-8686 and use code: 574-373-5657#. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A look back at the first three years of TrustedChoice.com

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On June 30th, 2016, TrustedChoice.com celebrated the launch of its website, the only referral generation platform focused solely on growing the independent insurance agency channel. This video is a look at just how far they've come. If you like what you hear, learn more about the TrustedChoice.com Advantage subscription.

This Week in Insurance: July 11–15, 2016

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

  • Florida Department of Financial Services, Rule Hearing (69L-11, Preferred Worker Program), 2:00 p.m., Tallahassee 

Work comp town hall tour heading to Jacksonville

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Helping Florid Work logo

All the details are set for the The Helping Florida Work Town Hall Tour meeting coming to Jacksonville on Wednesday, July 13. 

Because any changes to Florida's workers’ compensation law will affect agency owners directly and indirectly, agents are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting, which is presented by Associated Industries of Florida in partnership with other business groups including FAIA. Agents can help state officials develop ideas and solutions to preserve the workers’ compensation program and keep it affordable. 

The meeting is free and open to all, but registration is required, as space is limited.

Helping Florida Work Town Hall: Jacksonville

DATE: Wednesday, July 13
TIME: 10:00 a.m.–Noon
WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront
Register  

The goal of the Helping Florida Work Town Hall Tour is to educate lawmakers about the challenges and threats employers face in the state’s workers’ compensation system. Visit the Helping Florida Work website for more information and resources.

Florida students dominate 2016 list of InVEST scholarship recipients

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Florida students accounted for 53 percent of the national InVEST scholarships awarded in 2016, an accomplishment that serves as a testament to the agency volunteers and teachers who continue to support and promote the Big “I” national insurance education program.

This year, InVEST awarded $73,500 in scholarships to 79 students pursuing insurance-related degrees. Scholarship recipients represent 23 high schools, colleges and universities in the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, and Ohio.

Scholarship hopefuls from across the country submitted essays describing the influence and benefits of InVEST for their educational plans. Selection factors included essay quality, the applicant’s GPA and their extracurricular activities. Florida’s scholarship winners are:

$3,000 Scholarship Winner 

  • Kyle Sahadeo, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland 

$2,000 Scholarship Winners 

  • Stephen Butler, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Noah Sinclair, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Jason Waldinger, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

$1,500 Scholarship Winners:

  • Arvinda Bissessar, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Justine Carlbert, Palmetto High School in Palmetto
  • Kasey Kuhrts, Palmetto High School in Palmetto
  • Kristin Recker, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Diamond Reed, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Tyler Sheradsky, Cooper City High School in Cooper City
  • Marcus Wilson, Manatee High School in Bradenton

$1,000 Scholarship Award Winners:

  • Riley Bell, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Denielle Breeds, Groton High School in Groton, New York
  • Diana Bronson, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Clara Cambra, Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables
  • Enzo Cespedes-Correa, Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables
  • Colton Cook, Manatee High School in Bradenton
  • Charles de Jager, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Kelsey Ferguson, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Elyssa Hauptman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland
  • Jacob Hunter, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Zachary Justice, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Brandon O'Dell, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • James Payne, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Hector Ravelo, Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables
  • CoreySzewczyk, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Rylee Witherington, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Savanah Woodhall, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs

$500 Scholarship Winners:

  • Anna Araujo, Manatee High School in Bradenton
  • Justin Brodsky, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Shayna Cohen, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland
  • Matthew Davila, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Kathryn Dignman, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Nicholas D'Souza, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland
  • Hueston Duff, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Matthew Fluke, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Tyler Greene, Palmetto High School in Palmetto
  • Alexsandra Herrera, Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables
  • Hannah Schafer, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Alison Simbana, Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines
  • Thomas Verzi, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Victoria Verzi, William R. Boone High School in Orlando

To get involved with InVEST, please contact Jeff Odom or Jason Levine. For more details, visit the InVEST national website. 

YAC zones gear up for SmartStart4Kids with networking events

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Zone 6 luncheon to feature presentation on Citizens policy changes 

Bay area young agents are hosting Citizens Property Insurance Director of Agent Services Carl Rockman for an informative luncheon to help agents and customer service reps understand the critical changes in Citizens’ policy language coming July 1. The luncheon takes place Thursday, June 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Crafted Plate in St. Pete.

The event is open to all agents and industry associates. It’s free to YAC members, and $10 for nonmembers.

The luncheon also serves as an unofficial kick off for SmartStart4Kids, the council’s annual school-supply drive, so bring some school supplies or cash. Proceeds of a planned 50/50 raffle directly benefit Voices for Children.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP.

Catch a class and a baseball game with Zone 5 agents 

Join young agents in Zone 5 for “Thirsty Thursday” on July 7 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. The event starts with a CE class, Ignoring Flood Insurance Equals E&O Exposure. Stick around for a Brevard County Manatees baseball game, including an all you can eat dinner (with one free beer) and $2 draft beer. Admission is free for those who bring school supplies for the SmartStart4Kids drive. Register online to save your seat.

Agent sessions on the agenda for upcoming work comp conference

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NCCI and FAIA are teaming up to sponsor special breakout sessions for insurance agents/brokers during the 71st Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Aug. 21–24 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Agents will hear from a panel of regulators who will address regulatory issues and their impact on agents. Technical classes include Class Codes and Pricing Programs, Self-Insurance & Large Deductibles, Experience Rating, and a demonstration of NCCI’s Proof of Coverage inquiry tool and Coverage Verification System.

The cost to attend is $290 for those who register before August 1; after that date the cost is $320. Registration is available online; there’s no additional cost for the breakouts, but pre-registration is required.

Town hall meetings to focus on workers' comp law ideas, solutions

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Helping Florid Work logoFlorida’s workers’ compensation laws guarantee that medical and other work benefits are available when someone is injured on the job. But recent decisions by the Florida Supreme Court declaring portions of the law unconstitutional will require changes to the system—changes that could significantly increase the costs of workers’ compensation insurance. 

A workers’ compensation law without reasonable checks and balances will affect agency owners directly and indirectly. Agents can help state officials develop ideas and solutions to preserve the workers’ compensation program and keep it affordable, which is why FAIA is partnering with Associated Industries of Florida and other business groups to organize town hall meetings June 29 in Miami and July 13 in Jacksonville. The goal of the Helping Florida Work Town Hall Tour is to educate lawmakers about the challenges and threats employers face in the state’s workers’ compensation system.

The meetings are free and open to all, but registration is required, as space is limited.

Helping Florida Work Town Hall: Miami
WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Turnberry Isle Resort, Aventura
Register 

Helping Florida Work Town Hall: Jacksonville
WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Location TBA
Register  

Visit the Helping Florida Work website for more information and resources.