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July 11, 2018
2:35 PM

Following passage of two bills during the 2018 session, the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) is shutting down the practice of variable commission rates – with one exception. It may be time for your agency to revisit your practices and make sure you’re compliant.

July 11, 2018
1:40 PM

Once again the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) faces an expiration with the possibility of a lapse. Learn where legislation stands that could extend the program beyond July 31. 

July 11, 2018
1:30 PM

Once again the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) faces an expiration with the possibility of a lapse. This time, the Maryland Insurance Administration is advising consumers to prepare.

July 11, 2018
11:40 AM

Take advantage of the Trusted Choice brand as it garners national attention on ESPN networks and beyond. Utilizing free branding tools – from infographics to advertising materials, logos to videos – is a great place to begin.

June 28, 2018
1:00 PM

Our advocacy efforts paid off when the State House advanced legislation that will “fix” the Protz decision that triggered a mid-year increase in WC costs.

June 27, 2018
3:50 PM

Accessing your producer licensing information just became easier. The National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) just released a mobile app.

June 27, 2018
3:25 PM

Get up to speed on new requirements and forms stemming from legislation that creates an “enhanced” underinsured motorist coverage option.

June 20, 2018
2:30 PM

State regulators are voicing concerns about mandatory offers of coverage (or lack thereof), as consumers lodge complaints in the aftermath of recent storms.

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June 20, 2018
1:40 PM

Amendments to the state’s Surplus Lines regulation took effect this week, changing brokers’ license-renewal deadlines.

June 20, 2018
12:30 PM

Avoid penalties by setting up a proper promotional program, to include compliance with the state’s newly amended rebating law which takes effect Tuesday, July 3.

June 20, 2018
12:20 PM

Get up to speed on the roles of adjusters in the claims process. The Department of Insurance is prioritizing consumer education on the topic.

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June 20, 2018
11:50 AM

Certain vacant properties now require three declinations before going to the surplus lines market, which may prompt new procedures in your agency.

June 19, 2018
2:20 PM

Your auto customers vacationing north of the border must carry Canadian ID cards or risk fines. Non-Resident Inter-Province Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Cards must be shown if a U.S. resident is involved in an accident or is pulled over.

June 19, 2018
12:00 AM

NFIP claims with a loss date of June 7 through the end of the year are subject to changes in the claims process, as FEMA looks to improve customer service.

June 6, 2018
12:35 PM

Legislation addressing the WC cost increase brought about as a result of the Protz v. WCAB decision was voted favorably out of the House Labor and Industry Committee this week.

June 6, 2018
12:15 PM

Learn how to advise those impacted by the late-May flash flooding – from how to document property damage to what to expect with storm-damaged vehicles.

June 6, 2018
11:25 AM

The latest malware – which has compromised hundreds of thousands of routers – drives home the need for identity theft and cyber liability insurance.

June 6, 2018
10:20 AM

Thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, and supported this year’s Delaware Convention. Check out photos from last week’s event, and mark your calendar for next year.

June 6, 2018
10:10 AM

If you’ve noticed an influx of updated privacy terms and conditions, you’re not alone. Chances are the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) triggered them. Which begs the question: Does the reg apply to your agency or your customers?

May 23, 2018
12:50 PM

Residents and business owners in Frederick and Washington Counties may receive accommodations from their insurers following last week’s severe weather.

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May 23, 2018
12:25 PM

As the U.S. Treasury Department mulls federal tax law guidance, your federal government affairs team – the Big “I” – continues to advocate for insurance agency owners to receive the full benefit of new deductions.

May 22, 2018
11:10 AM

Leverage consumers’ newfound awareness of home-based business and telecommuting insurance considerations to round out accounts and reduce your E&O risk.

May 16, 2018
12:25 PM

Get up to speed on new requirements and forms stemming from legislation that creates an “enhanced” underinsured motorist coverage option.

May 15, 2018
3:45 PM

Help your customers recognize and report suspicious, insurance-related phone calls. Insurance Commissioner Altman is warning of a scam, in which the caller poses as an Insurance Department employee.

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May 9, 2018
3:40 PM

There’s some volatility in the interpretation of exempt and non-exempt status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of employers in a case involving car dealerships.

May 9, 2018
3:05 PM

As some health insurers propose 90+% rate hikes for individual plans, the Maryland Insurance Administration is optimistic that recently passed legislation will alleviate the severe increases.

May 9, 2018
10:30 AM

We’re poised to work with the Department of Insurance administration, which now includes a new deputy insurance commissioner who replaces Mitch Crane.

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May 3, 2018
9:45 AM

Facing thousands of consumer complaints on the subject annually, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department is asking for producers to help educate consumers on the state’s auto insurance notification requirements.

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May 2, 2018
3:05 PM

The Department of Insurance this week issued a bulletin to clarify implementation of the state’s recently increased minimum auto liability limits.

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May 2, 2018
1:05 PM

In the fall a new wage-credit chart will apply to policies subject to the Pennsylvania Construction Classification Premium Adjustment Program.

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