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Agent Headlines: 2017

Maryland

December 13, 2017
10:45 AM

A reminder to all Pennsylvania surplus lines licensees: Your 2017 gross premium surplus lines tax payment and form are due by the end of January, regardless of whether or not you wrote any business last year. 

December 13, 2017
10:00 AM

Effective in the new year, a regulatory change by the Maryland Insurance Administration will prohibit the long-standing practice of commingling agency funds with premium funds.

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December 12, 2017
4:35 PM

Congress tossed a life raft to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with passage of a two-week program extension. Now all eyes are on U.S. House-passed bill which would sink agent commissions. 

December 12, 2017
4:20 PM
Anything you say (or don’t say) on your website can and will be used against you in a court of law. Learn the do's and don'ts for agency websites. 
December 12, 2017
3:20 PM

Stay in the know about the latest employment regulations – whether you handle HR for your agency or advise your commercial lines customers on human resources.

December 12, 2017
9:55 AM

Know how to advise your customers about liquor liability based on state-specific law and case law.

December 6, 2017
2:25 PM
If you have any policies still placed with Guarantee Insurance Company, they will expire on Dec. 27, 2017 at the latest. The company is under an order of liquidation in Florida, its state of domicile.
December 6, 2017
2:10 PM
Protect your business and your livelihood against the many interests competing for attention in Annapolis.
December 6, 2017
10:00 AM

Reduce your E&O risk by educating your customers about earthquake coverage – namely, how most standard property insurance policies don’t cover it – in the aftermath of last week’s East Coast shake-up.

December 5, 2017
1:55 PM
If you write in Delaware, take note: The state’s minimum auto liability limits will increase next week – a long-overdue adjustment, championed by our Delaware agents’ association.
November 30, 2017
1:45 PM

Are state insurance laws ready to keep up with the sharing economy? And, with a proposed -13.0 decrease in loss costs for 2018, what’s the status of the state’s workers’ comp market? The MIA recently weighed in.

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November 30, 2017
12:50 PM

Nearly a dozen policy changes and over 40 endorsement changes are on their way for the ISO Personal Auto program.

November 29, 2017
1:45 PM

As the U.S. Senate moves quickly toward a tax-reform vote, insurance industry stakeholders and key lawmakers share concerns.

November 28, 2017
4:15 PM
Try one of our seven live CE webinars in December. Led by nationally renowned faculty, each is a convenient way to learn and earn three CE credits (sans exam!).
November 15, 2017
2:00 PM

The U.S. House this week passed NFIP reauthorization and flood insurance reform legislation – legislation that could bring much-needed stability to the market but negatively impact agents’ bottom line.

November 14, 2017
3:15 PM

NFIP policyholders with increased cost of compliance coverage (ICC) are in for a surprise – a previously unannounced premium rate increase.

November 14, 2017
2:55 PM

The NAIC formally adopted its controversial Data Security Model Law – a less onerous version thanks to agent involvement at the state and federal levels. Learn about the exemptions and what comes next.

November 14, 2017
2:10 PM
There’s still time for a variety professional training – from CISR seminars to a CIC institute, E&O risk management courses to a pre-licensing preparation class – during the final weeks of the year.
November 14, 2017
1:40 PM

Nearly $1 billion in benefits from life insurance policies are unclaimed. If your customers suspect they are beneficiaries of lost policies or annuities, steer them toward the locator tool endorsed by state regulators.

November 14, 2017
1:15 PM

The spate of high-profile sexual misconduct cases in the news looks to accelerate an already growing EPLI market. Is your agency taking part in that growth?

November 14, 2017
1:10 PM

The spate of high-profile sexual misconduct cases in the news looks to accelerate an already growing EPLI market. Is your agency taking part in that growth?

November 8, 2017
2:55 PM

Our E&O sales team prides itself on advocating on behalf of policyholders and providing top-notch customer service. And that commitment is paying dividends in policyholder retention.

November 8, 2017
2:15 PM

A series of newly finalized regulations take effect this week. They impact workers’ comp cancellation notices, CE requirements for producers involved in bail bonds insurance, and the consolidated homeowners’ insurance notice.

November 8, 2017
1:25 PM

Credit freezes are hot in the aftermath of the Equifax data breach. But could they impact the ability of an insurer to rate your customers?

November 8, 2017
10:50 AM

As some lawmakers debate “mandatory gun liability,” it’s important to educate your customers. Most likely, there’s a gap in their understanding of liability, intentional and criminal acts, and insurability.

November 1, 2017
2:30 PM

The benefits of bundling abound: Your customers save money, while you round out accounts. What’s more, you can steal direct writers’ thunder….

November 1, 2017
1:55 PM
Tracking down a way to round out accounts and reduce E&O exposure? Then set your sights on customers who lease land for hunting.
November 1, 2017
11:55 AM

If you write workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania, take note: A mid-year rate hike is pending the Insurance Department’s decision – and is the subject of a trial bar objection and proposed legislation.

October 25, 2017
2:55 PM

The game just changed for the roughly 96,000 Maryland residents who were projected to enroll in individual Silver plans through the Maryland Health Connection.

October 25, 2017
2:10 PM

Bend the ears of your local elected officials from the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates on the issues that are important to you and your customers.