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PIA Advocacy Month

 

August is PIA Advocacy Month!



PIA Advocacy Month

While Members of Congress are home in their districts for August recess, PIA is asking its members to meet with at least one of their representatives from Congress. The goal is to mobilize as many PIA members as possible to create relationships with members of Congress in order to continue the conversation about issues facing independent insurance agents here in Washington, D.C. We also encourage you to schedule a Congressional visit to your agency or attend a town hall meeting your representative holds.

Participation is easy! Just follow the simple steps below to set up your meeting:

1. Contact your Representative or Senators to schedule a meeting, a visit to your agency or to find out when they're holding a town hall style event. Click the respective links below to locate the contact information for your Representative's or Senators' district office closest to you.

    2. Register for Advocacy Month and let PIA National know once you've scheduled your visits. Let us know that you are participating. It allows us to send you updates, personalized feedback forms & resources via email.

    3. Review our Issue Sheets and talking points to prepare for the meeting (see below "Issues to Discuss").

    4. Prepare for your visit(s) by reading our tips for conducting successful congressional visits (PDF).

    5. After your meetings, be sure to send a thank you note to each person you met with.

    6. Finally, it is important for PIA to know how your meetings went. Do this by.submitting your feedback. This allows us to conduct follow-up with offices on issues important to PIA.

    Issues to Discuss

    PIA is asking that you discuss 2-3 of the important issues below.

    Issue Papers (PDF files)

    1. Small Business & Tax Reform
    2. Healthcare Reform
    3. State Regulation
    4. Crop Insurance
    5. Flood Insurance


      Click to view all of PIA's issues of focus.

      Click to view related talking points.

      What Should I Expect From the Meeting?

      Members of Congress rely heavily on the views of their constituency. Most will ask questions so they can learn from the best—you, a professional insurance agent. Generally, these meetings are laid back and last 20-30 minutes. But don't let that undervalue the incredible importance of what you're doing: Building a relationship with someone that votes on legislation that impacts the future of your business.

      Contact Us

      Have a question? Please feel free to contact your PIA National staff at any time for assistance.

      Stephanie Klarer, Government Affairs Coordinator
      stephaniekl@pianet.org
      (703) 518-1364

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