Health, flood and “federal encroachment” on PIA summit agenda

The federal government has become too estranged from main street brokers, members of Professional Insurance Agents say.

Catastrophe & Flood


Congressional reform on health and flood insurance, along with “the continuing threat of federal encroachment” into the insurance industry head the agenda for the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA)’s Federal Legislative Summit this week.

Beginning Wednesday, March 26, PIA members will discuss and advocate on a host of issues the trade association finds troubling, including flood insurance, healthcare, TRIA renewal, crop insurance and general insurance regulation.

The following day, members will make a series of Capitol Hill visits to discuss the issues of professional insurance agents with their members of Congress.

“The past year has seen a renewed push to revive previous failed efforts aimed at bringing about the federal regulation of insurance,” said PIA National Director of Federal Affairs Jon Gentile. “The recent report by the Federal Insurance Office attempts to obscure the fact that there is a clear choice between state insurance regulation and federal intrusion.

Our members will be telling lawmakers in no uncertain terms that PIA supports our state-based system of insurance regulation and opposes attempts to advance federal regulation of insurance.”

An ending reception will be sponsored by the PIA Partnership, including the annual Professional Insurance Agents Political Action Committee awards dinner.

“PIA’s annual legislative summit is an important part of our year-round program of legislative advocacy,” said Tim Russell, chairman of the PIA National Government Affairs Committee. “There is no better way to forge and maintain relationship with lawmakers than to do it up close and personal. It gives lawmakers the opportunity to meet with Main Street insurance agents from their districts who do business with real people, in the real world.”

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