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PIA National Announces 2016 Advocacy Priorities

PIA National (PIA) is pleased to present our 2016 Advocacy and Policy Priorities. We hope that this will be a helpful policy tool, conveying...
February 1, 2016

PIA National (PIA) is pleased to present our 2016 Advocacy and Policy Priorities. We hope that this will be a helpful policy tool, conveying PIA’s 2015 accomplishments and providing a roadmap to PIA’s legislative and regulatory priorities for 2016.

In 2015, PIA successfully defended the independent agency system and advocated on behalf of independent agents at the federal level.  PIA scored two victories in the year-end “omnibus” appropriations funding measure: a two-year delay of the “Cadillac Tax,” a 40% tax on certain employer-based health plans and the passage of the Policyholder Protection Act, which prohibits federal regulators from using assets designated to pay out insurance claims to “prop up” an affiliated bank.

PIA also successfully advocated for the reversal of a $3 billion cut to the Federal Crop Insurance Program. In addition, PIA actively advocated for the passage of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, enabling states to keep the current definition of a small group market in health insurance at 50 or fewer employees.

Building on these advocacy successes, PIA will continue to represent the independent agency system at the federal and state level. PIA National staff consulted with PIA membership across the country to develop its top five 2016 Policy and Advocacy Priorities:

  • Preservation of the Role & Value of Agents in Healthcare Reform
  • Protection of State Insurance Regulation
  • Safeguarding of Important P&C Programs
  • Promotion of Small Businesses & Tax Reform
  • Cultivation of Agent Licensing Uniformity

 

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