PIA agents from around the country head to Washington, D.C. each year for the annual PIA Federal Legislative Summit. They’ll still be doing that but the event now has a new name. It is PIA Advocacy Day.
The 2020 PIA Advocacy Day is March 31-April 1.
PIA National emphasized that the name change doesn’t change the event. It’s the same. PIA National said, “It is a gathering of PIA members in the nation’s capital to meet with their elected representatives. This is a great opportunity to meet with your members of Congress to discuss issues that are important to you as an independent insurance agent.”
It is a very, very important event that PIA National encourages you to attend if at all possible.
“PIA Advocacy Day is the opportunity for independent agents to make their case to Members of Congress up-close-and-personal, in their Capitol Hill offices,” PIA National noted. “While the government relations staff at PIA National is your year-round advocate in the halls of Congress, PIA Advocacy Day gives policymakers and their staffs a chance to hear directly from you, their constituents.”
PIA National says the annual event produces important victories for independent insurance agents and the independent agent system. Here are some legislative victories that PIA National said came from the — now — former PIA Federal Legislative Summit:
• Protected agent commissions for selling policies through the federal flood insurance and crop insurance programs
• Ensured tax relief for agency owners that has resulted in millions of dollars benefitting passthrough entities, including independent insurance agencies
• Lead industry advocacy to repeal the Federal Insurance Office (FIO). Legislation to repeal the FIO has been introduced in both the House and Senate for the first time as a direct result of advocacy by PIA members in Washington, D.C.
• Laid the groundwork for the passage of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 40 percent excise tax (known as the “Cadillac Tax”) on certain employer sponsored health plans
The first day has a briefing that afternoon on the issues and concludes with a workshop done by the PIA National Government Relations team. It is designed to make sure you — and other agents — are ready for the next day’s meetings.
“The next day, Wednesday, April 1, PIA members head to Capitol Hill to meet with their elected representatives,” PIA National said. “In between are receptions and other opportunities to interact with policymakers and get to know your fellow PIA members better.”
There are also other ways to prepare. The PIA National Government Relations team is going to hold a series of webinars between now and then. A schedule will be sent to members and — if you are going to attend — it is advisable to attend them.
As for the new name, PIA National said it better reflects the “action-oriented nature of PIA National's member fly-in, as compared to other association conferences, which are often heavy on panels and speeches and light on actual advocacy.”
So save the dates — March 31-April 1, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
Registration will open later this year. In the meantime, visit PIAAdvocacyDay.com for more information.