December 18, 2019
Thank You For Your Membership & Support   
IIAN's staff and Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your membership. We are so glad to have you as part of the Big 'I' family and appreciate your support of your association!  Without your involvement we simply couldn't do what we do to help you succeed.

We wish you, your organization, and your family a happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous 2020!  Contact us any time for information and assistance.
IIAN staff roster and emails                            IIAN Board roster and emails
          

Holiday Schedule:  The IIAN office will be closed at noon on December 24, back open on December 26; also closed at noon on December 31, back open on January 2, 2020.                        
MEMBER BENEFITS HIGHLIGHT
Free ACORD Forms For IIAN Members - Claim Yours Online
     The Big "I" and ACORD are launching a new member-only benefit.  Beginning January 1, 2020, Big "I" member agencies with annual P&C gross revenue of less than $50 million will receive a free license to use ACORD forms.  The result is that your agency will not have to pay the End User License fee to ACORD, and agents should experience no change in your management system workflow, or use of ACORD forms beginning January 1 - but your agency will need to complete an initial membership validation check.
    ACORD is directing IIAN member agencies to the  ACORD Forms License website to follow a very short process to claim your complimentary license.  You then return to the management system workflow, acknowledge that you have obtained the license, and return to accessing the needed ACORD forms.  This process will be required annually.
   IIABA is working with ACORD  to make sure that the membership authentication process goes smoothly, and will perform a deep review of the End User License as soon as it becomes available.  Currently, there is some question as to whether agencies will be able to access previously completed forms under their old vendor agreements, after January 1.   Agencies are advised to review the EUL agreement carefully before signing.
   If your agency needs to access a form not maintained by your management system vendor, you will need to subscribe to ACORD Advantage Plus, or to the ACORD Agent &Broker Redistribution Program.    Learn more.     ACORD Forms FAQ page  .
LEGISLATIVE NEWS
IIAN will be there when the 2020 Unicameral session starts January 8
IIAN Is Gearing Up For Unicameral Session Starting January 8
     IIAN's Legislative committee and Legislative Advisory Council (LAC) members are gearing up for the 2020 Unicameral "short session" starting January 8, and scheduled to run until April 23, 2020.
    IIAN Legislative Representative Jim Cavanaugh advised LAC members during their quarterly conference call on December 11, that the 2020 session is looking to be fairly routine regarding insurance issues.   "We'll also be focusing on helping IIAN members and their clients understand and implement LB 139 regarding uninsured independent contracots, which passed this year," said Cavanaugh.    See "Understanding LB 139" for more information.
   B ills which were not killed in the 2019 session will carry over to 2020 - including LB 370 which would  double Nebraska's auto Financial Responsibility limits - and which IIAN continues to support.  IIAN has been following two Interim Study Resolutions of interest -  LR 94 regarding regulatory "sandbox" programs,  and LR 164  regarding updating insurance laws in response to technology innovation.  A new bill regarding consumer privacy may also be introduced, similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act which takes effect January 1, 2020 - IIAN will be watching this issue closely.   
      Members interested in joining over 100 Big "I" Ambassadors and becoming an LAC "insider", can find more information on the IIAN 
LAC page.   And all members are invited to IIAN's 2020 LAC Issues Briefing and "Mardi  Gras" Senators' Reception at the state capitol in Lincoln - February 25, 2020.  
   "With half of our Nebraska senators up for election in 2020, building personal relationships with state senators and supporting them before and after the election cycle is what our Ambassadors program is all about," comments LAC Chairman John Deardorff.   
Big "I" Applauds House Action on Agent Priorities
Legislation would extend TRIA, NFIP and repeal the 'Cadillac tax"
On December 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and repeal the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax," all as part of government funding legislation.
     This bipartisan agreement between House and Senate leaders would fund the government until September 30, 2020. It would also reauthorize several important programs including TRIA and the NFIP. TRIA was scheduled to expire at the end of 2020 and will be extended for seven additional years in this package. The NFIP was scheduled to expire in a matter of days on December 20. This legislation would extend the program through September 30, 2020. Additionally, this package included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax," which would have imposed a 40% tax on health benefits that exceed an established annual cost.   
   "Without repeal, this harmful tax would hit many of our small business members and their clients starting in 2022 and over time would affect more and more individuals because the tax threshold is tied to a slow measure of inflation," said IIABA CEO Bob Rusbuldt. "This snowball effect would do irreparable damage to the employee benefits marketplace."
     "TRIA is vitally important to maintaining the strength of the commercial property-casualty insurance market and would provide much-needed stability to the U.S. economy," commented IIABA Sr. VP of Government Affairs Charles Symington.  "The Big 'I' also appreciates the extension of the NFIP . . and the certainty this legislation provides through September of next year.  We also call on Congress to continue their efforts on a multi-year reauthorization to modernize the program."
'Tis The Season To Give For Your Future 



Big I PAC Video
Big I Ambassador Brian Bradley talks about the power of your support on Capitol Hill

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This is the time of year when you donate to worthy causes that are important to you - and what could be more important than ensuring the future of your agency and livelihood?
   Your Big "I" lobbying team in Washington, D.C. needs your support to continue the fight to protect agent commissions, reduce your tax burden, and keep the federal government out of insurance regulation.
   Your contribution to InsurPac - your national Big "I" PAC - before December 31 will be combined with thousands of others across the country to push InsurPac above the $1 million mark for 2019 - and keep the Big "I" competitive with other industry PACs that don't necessarily have your best interests at heart.

ASSOCIATION NEWS
IIAN's Jeremiah Gudding, seated left, and Colten Zmarzla, right, were at Scheels in Lincoln on December 6.  Zmarzla was interviewed live by KFRX radio during the successful fundraising event, broadcast from Scheels' indoor ferris wheel.
IIAN Sponsoring Three Wish Kids In 2020
"Wheels For Wishes" Raises $68,000 For Make-A-Wish On December 6
On December 6, Big "I" members helped KFRX raise $68,000 for the Make-A-Wish organization at Scheels in Lincoln, and announced that IIAN and Trusted Choice will be sponsoring three childrens' wishes this year! Keep an eye out for more information about our kids and their wishes!!
UPCOMING EVENTS
A unique opportunity to learn about the farm and agricultural insurance industry and earn/renew the prestigious Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist certification (AFIS) - in just three days!  More information and registration - click here.
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