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PIA Members Will Bring Main Street to Capitol Hill March 17-18

"This year's summit occurs as many issues with the potential to affect agents' bottom lines are in focus on Capitol Hill," said PIA National...
March 10, 2010

Members of PIA will bring Main Street to Capitol Hill when they convene March 17-18 in Washington, D.C. for the 2010 PIA Federal Legislative Summit.

"This year's summit occurs as many issues with the potential to affect agents' bottom lines are in focus on Capitol Hill," said PIA National President Jon D. Spalding. "We will be meeting with our Members of Congress as they debate regulatory reform, healthcare reform, natural catastrophe policy, flood insurance issues and proposed revisions to the crop insurance industry's Standard Reinsurance Agreement. Our members will be addressing all of these issues with lawmakers."

Spalding said so far, professional insurance agents have succeeded in reversing attempts to specifically exclude agents from selling health insurance policies under the so-called insurance exchanges that are being proposed as part of healthcare reform. He added that the latest proposal from President Obama - to create a federal bureaucracy to regulate health insurance rates - is counter to PIA's position that the states, not the federal government, should continue to regulate the business of insurance.

"Too often, Washington, D.C. can operate in a vacuum," said Spalding. "That's why common sense must be regularly supplied to Capitol Hill by us - Main Street insurance agents who do business with real people, in the real world. The PIA Federal Legislative Summit brings Main Street to Capitol Hill."

PIA to Hold 2010 Federal Legislative Summit (PIA press release 3/8/10)

March 10, 2010