Skip Navigation

Agent Headlines

April 27, 2017
9:40 AM

Legislation to double the state's minimum auto liability limits passed the state House Insurance Committee this week with IA&B going on record in support of the measure.

April 26, 2017
4:25 PM

A new week, a new series of member agency visits. During the latest round, our team talked shop with agents in Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties … and learned a thing or two along the way. 

State:
Topic:
April 26, 2017
2:30 PM

“Insuring Contractors” is a full-day seminar led by coverages expert (and southern gentleman) Jerry Milton, CIC. Jerry will go over recent changes that impact contractors’ risks and coverages. This program is scheduled for Newark, Del. on May 11, and Mechanicsburg, Pa., June 15.

April 26, 2017
2:20 PM

CIC designees who need to fulfill their annual update requirement have interesting options (hot topics, if you like) at upcoming James K. Ruble Graduate Seminars in King of Prussia, Pa. and Annapolis, Md.

April 26, 2017
12:55 PM

Thanks to skyrocketing use of homesharing websites and the MIA’s recent press release on the subject, consumer inquiries about related insurance considerations could be on the rise. 

State:
Topic:
April 26, 2017
12:15 PM

Our ongoing carrier-relations efforts spurred meetings with MAPFRE and Progressive Insurance reps, as well as an agency agreement review request – all this month. 

April 26, 2017
11:40 AM

Curious how your productivity and compensation standards compare to those of the nation’s leading independent agencies? The Best Practices Study is an untapped gold mine of benchmarking information.

April 25, 2017
4:30 PM

While ACA repeal-and-replace efforts have yet to gain enough traction in Congress, the HHS recently finalized an administrative rule that intends to help stabilize the individual and small group markets.

April 25, 2017
3:40 PM

As producer commissions for ACA products face continued reduction (and elimination), we met with the Insurance Department again this week to stress the critical role agents and brokers play in the health insurance marketplace and to suggest potential solutions. 

April 25, 2017
2:40 PM

A new analysis of the state’s workers’ compensation system provides background and discussion on loss cost revisions, trends in claim costs and other dynamics impacting the system. 

State:
Topic:
April 25, 2017
1:45 PM

Maryland’s guaranty fund is stepping in following the liquidation of Penn Treaty and American Network Insurance Companies. 

April 25, 2017
1:15 PM

Among the accusations lobbed at Ocwen Financial last week was the mishandling of escrow accounts, including failure to pay some homeowners’ insurance bills. 

April 20, 2017
9:41 AM

A scathing Philadelphia Inquirer article this week is suggesting that convicted felons are selling insurance in Pennsylvania, and that the Insurance Department may not properly scrutinize the 1033 waiver applications before granting consent to work in the insurance industry. If you know what a 1033 waiver is, read more. If you don’t know what a 1033 waiver is, read more… TWICE!

State:
Topic:
April 20, 2017
9:00 AM

Your website can work for or against you. Developing and maintaining an attractive, functional site that projects a positive image and drives business can be cumbersome and costly. But ActiveAgency is an affordable website platform that can be a white knight. Members can see a demo webinar next Wed.

April 18, 2017
3:50 PM

A new law on the books allows for electronic delivery of HO policy documents and paves the way for a consolidated HO disclosure notice.

April 18, 2017
1:50 PM

Collect premium payments and electronic signatures in one step? Yes, please! E-signature vendor DocuSign recently introduced the new feature.

April 18, 2017
8:30 AM

Check-in visits with member agencies take us to Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties this week. If you haven’t seen us yet, be on the lookout!

State:
Topic:
April 17, 2017
11:25 AM

The insurance commissioner gave the nod to upcoming PCCPAP manual revisions – effective May 1 (due to the elimination of annual rating dates) and Oct. 1. 

State:
Topic:
April 17, 2017
10:15 AM

The insurance commissioner proposed eliminating the diligent search requirement before placing certain scrap metal and homeshare business with a Surplus Lines insurer.

April 17, 2017
8:30 AM

From Erie to Lancaster, Pittsburgh to Stroudsburg, opportunities to support Make-A-Wish – and piggyback on Trusted Choice event sponsorship – will run throughout the spring. Join us and your fellow independent agents as we collectively make an impact throughout the state. 

April 14, 2017
12:20 PM

The struggle is real to sell cyber. But, as IT professionals become more accepting and attacks become more common, producers can anticipate reduced resistance. 

April 14, 2017
8:40 AM

With dog-bite claims on the rise nationwide and a state law on dog-bite liability recently in effect, insurance companies are reviewing their options. So what exactly can they do in light of recent legislation and case law?

April 14, 2017
8:35 AM

Over one-third of all homeowners’ insurance liability claims result from dog bites. But can insurance companies exclude certain dogs from policies based on breed rather than biting history? 

April 14, 2017
8:30 AM

Over one-third of all homeowners’ insurance liability claims result from dog bites. But can insurance companies exclude certain dogs from policies based on breed rather than biting history? 

April 12, 2017
3:25 PM

We’re giving props to business property coverages with the CISR Commercial Property seminar in Mechanicsburg on April 19, Wilkes-Barre on April 20, and Lancaster on May 9.

April 12, 2017
3:20 PM

The best defense against an E&O claim doesn’t involve an attorney. It involves an instructor who teaches you how to avoid a claim in the first place. Attend “E&O Risk Management – Meeting the Challenge of Change,” coming in May.

April 12, 2017
3:05 PM

New to the CIC program this year, the Commercial Multiline Institute explores different areas of business insurance. Register to take a deeper dive into BOPs, Cyber, EPLI and more in suburban Baltimore in mid-May and Pittsburgh in late July. 

April 12, 2017
2:55 PM

Sure, your website is a reflection of your agency. Yet the thought of putting the necessary money and time into it is daunting. So there it sits. Enter ActiveAgency, an affordable website option from IA&B-spinoff Independent Agency Solutions, that will be on display during an April 26 webinar. 

April 12, 2017
2:30 PM

Collect premium payments and electronic signatures in one step? Yes, please! E-signature vendor DocuSign recently introduced the new feature, which will be demonstrated in an April 27 webinar. 

April 12, 2017
2:00 PM

From advocating for permission to charge credit card fees to clients on agency-billed business, to opposing the creation of a MAIF-only insurance product, your government affairs team logged a busy legislative session in Annapolis. 


 

 

Partner of the Month
Nationwide
 
For me, IA&B is an excellent resource for timely and relevant training.
April Ressler, CIC, CRM
April Ressler, CIC, CRM

President

Teeter Group

See training options thru 2017.

Training & Education