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Welcome to PIA Month!

PIA National's fourth annual Political Involvement and Advocacy Month (PIA Month) is officially underway! This year's legislative issues are more critical to PIA members than...
August 12, 2009

August is Political Involvement and Advocacy Month!PIA National's fourth annual Political Involvement and Advocacy Month (PIA Month) is officially underway! This year's legislative issues are more critical to PIA members than ever. Topping the list are health care reform and insurance regulatory reform.

Now is the time for all PIA agents to get in touch with their Members of Congress and advocate! PIA National is asking all PIA members to visit their Members of Congress during the August recess. We hope each U.S. Representative and Senator is overwhelmed by visits, scheduled in advance, and online communications from PIA members.

This is your chance to talk about issues that concern you as an independent insurance agent and small businessperson. In addition, if you are interested in supporting a pro-insurance, pro-business member of congress or candidate who is running for national office, this is a great time to get involved in election campaigns. Make sure you get involved and do your part!

PIA's Position Papers Online Now: Logon to the PIA District Lobbying Day web page. Among the resources you will find on this page are PIA's position papers on our issues of focus:

  • PIA's Principles for Healthcare Reform
  • PIA's Opposition to Federal Insurance Regulation
  • Natural Disaster Legislation
  • Crop Insurance
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Reform

Don't have time for an in-person visit? Contacting your Member of Congress is just a click away. PIA makes it easy for you. Just logon to PIA National's Online Grassroots Action Center. There you will find a list of PIA's Issues of Focus. Just click on any of them to send your message. Each has suggested text, but we encourage everybody to make the message personal.

The focal point of PIA Month is District Lobbying Day, which will be held on August 18th this year. This is your opportunity to meet with your elected representatives while they are back in their home district during the August congressional recess.

If you haven't already made an appointment to meet with your Members of Congress, please click here to learn how and to see our talking points to guide you in your meeting(s).

If your schedule doesn't allow for a meeting on August 18, that's no problem -- you can meet on a different day or send an online message through PIA's Grassroots Action Center to coincide with the August 18 District Lobbying Day.

IT'S IMPORTANT -- ACT NOW!

This year more than most, the issues that are being debated on Capitol Hill WILL greatly impact independent insurance agents. Through PIA National's District Lobbying Day web page, you can get a quick primer on these issues and step-by-step instructions to make meeting with your Member(s) of Congress easy. You know your elected officials are hearing from the opposition and the big money interests, so it's up to each of us to make sure they hear from their local, Main Street agents too. That's you!