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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
1:40 PM

Learn what to expect in the months ahead, as recently passed laws take effect. The Maryland Insurance Administration recently summarized the insurance legislation passed during 2018.

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.

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 28, 2018
12:55 PM

The IA&B team spent Wednesday in Dover, building new relationships and solidifying long-standing ones to lay the groundwork for continued advocacy.

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
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 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.

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 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 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 2, 2018
12:50 PM

Beginning next fall, producers can provide gifts of up to $50 – as long as the receipt of the item is not contingent on the sale or purchase of insurance.

May 2, 2018
12:45 PM
Legislation in the hands of the governor allows for gifts of up to $100 for customers and prospects.
April 25, 2018
11:40 AM

More than two dozen IA&B members joined over 1,000 independent agents from across the country to advocate on behalf of our industry at last week's Big “I” Legislative Conference.

April 11, 2018
12:10 PM

Insurance carriers – and possibly producers – may see increased flexibility on medical loss ratio (MLR) restrictions with a new rule issued by the Trump administration this week.

April 4, 2018
1:55 PM

In states that allow armed school personnel, insurers have responded with unfavorable underwriting decisions.

April 4, 2018
1:50 PM

The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) proposed to remove an obscure unfair trade practices violation for agents.

April 4, 2018
12:50 PM

We laid the groundwork last week for upcoming regulatory and legislative advocacy by building relationships with the Department of Insurance and state Senate.

March 27, 2018
9:45 AM

Congress just bought itself four more months to address the future of the debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Meanwhile, FEMA announced the next round of program changes.

March 27, 2018
9:40 AM

Congress just bought itself four more months to address the future of the debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Meanwhile, FEMA announced the next round of program changes.

March 21, 2018
1:00 PM

The state Senate this week confirmed Jessica Altman, who has been serving as acting commissioner since late last summer.

March 14, 2018
1:50 PM

A new study suggests widespread flood risk, as the debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program faces a March 23 reauthorization deadline.

February 28, 2018
11:46 AM
AgentPAC – IA&B’s state-based political action committee – helps agents’ collective voice to be heard in Dover.
February 28, 2018
11:43 AM
AgentPAC – IA&B’s state-based political action committee – helps agents’ collective voice to be heard in Harrisburg.
February 28, 2018
11:40 AM

AgentPAC – IA&B’s state-based political action committee – helps agents’ collective voice to be heard in Annapolis.

February 14, 2018
10:25 AM

Producers soon may be able to collect a fee for services rendered in issuing a certificate of insurance on behalf of a commercial policyholder. Our legislative priority is on the move in Annapolis.

February 13, 2018
4:30 PM

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been extended to Friday, March 23 – but long-term reauthorization and reform remain elusive.

February 13, 2018
4:25 PM

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been extended to Friday, March 23 – but long-term reauthorization and reform remain elusive.

February 7, 2018
3:20 PM

Gov. Wolf this week presented his budget spending plan – a plan that excludes a proposed tax on agent commissions but includes other contentious items from previous years.