Washington — Audio-only telemedicine report: In 2021, the Washington state Legislature enacted Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1196, concerning audio-only telemedicine. In accordance with Section 8 of ESHB 1196, OIC has published its report on audio-only telemedicine. For more information, including a copy of the report, please visit the OIC’s
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The CSGO gambling site, CSGOLuck does surveys and studies about all kinds of things. Though we aren’t all that sure what this has to do with gambling, the site’s current study is about Christmas movies and which of the hundreds that have been done over the years are our favorites.
It’s the flu and cold season. And it’s the next incarnation of COVID season, too. We also have to worry about RSV. So how are we — the American people — addressing this year’s sickness worries? The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania asked that question and
COVID’s impacts on business are still being felt. As things continue to “normalize,” and as we push toward a new year and 2024, those same businesses are still reworking their home and office policies. The goal is to bring more people back into the work-only-at-the-office fold. Flexjobs is a site
Willis Towers Watson says businesses picking up, or renewing, commercial property insurance are going to see rate increases continuing into 2024. The Insurance Marketplace Realities 2024 report notes that the increases will likely be single digits for all lines. That’s one side of the coin. The other is casualty insurance.
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A white paper adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) at its Summer National Meeting updates a 2019 white paper on cannabis-related insurance issues and regulation. Produced by the NAIC’s Cannabis Insurance Working Group, the Regulatory Guide to Understanding the Market for Cannabis Insurance: 2023 Update discusses the
As the September 30 expiration date for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) quickly approaches, members of Congress need to hear from agents urging them to act to prevent a lapse of the NFIP. The history of NFIP extensions has been messy. The program was extended 17 times between 2008
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Finally, the Oregon Legislative website has been fully updated. Here is the list of successful bills that PIA was following. Remember, three very bad bills that died are thankfully not on this list: (HB 2920 – bans certain risk factors used in setting auto insurance rates), HB 3242 (cause of
We Did Great This Session in Difficult Fights For the insurance industry, three hard-fought legislative bills involving insurance died, and other bills passed that deserve mention. PIA will publish a final bill list of all bills we were tracking as soon as the legislative website has been fully updated and
On June 22, 2023 two bad insurance bills had different outcomes when they came up for votes on the Oregon Senate floor. HB 3242 HB 3242-B passed by a vote of 17 yes to 7 no. The link to the bill is: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2023R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3242/B-Engrossed. The summary reads: “Provides insured with cause
URGENT – One Last Chance to Stop Bad Legislation! Senate Republicans Have Returned from Walkout Bad Insurance Bills May Be Voted on Floor Soon Senate Republicans Return After Longest Walkout in Oregon History; Both Sides Declare Victory (wweek.com) Republican-led walkout ends after more than a month as Oregon Senate resumes
Bad Insurance Bills Pass Committee How Will Insurance Producers be Impacted? Since HB 3242-A passed committee, how will agents be impacted? First, due to PIA’s action in the House, HB 3242-A no longer contains an increased standard of care for insurance producers. But in Section 1 of HB 3242, the
Oregon Secretary of State Resigns Shemia Fagan, Oregon’s Secretary of State, has resigned effective May 8. In case you haven’t seen them, here are some articles about it: Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan resigns – oregonlive.com Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s chief of staff resigns – oregonlive.com Pot
Legislative Advocacy - Washington
Washington State 2023 Session is a Wrap The 2023 session of the Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die just after 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening, April 23rd, after 105 days of fast-paced action. This session marked the first year back in person since 2020, and featured 30 newly elected, or promoted,
Washington Legislators enter the home stretch as last full week of session arrives Washington’s 2023 legislative session is now down to its last full week, with adjournment set by midnight on Sunday, April 23rd. The House and Senate have taken the weekend off, and will resume floor action on Monday,
Washington Lawmakers head to the floor after last committee cutoff of session With two weeks remaining in the legislative session, lawmakers are now full-time on the floor of the House and Senate, initially considering the other chamber’s policy bills until Wednesday’s opposite-house cutoff. From there, the remainder of session will
House of origin cutoff comes and goes, lawmakers return to policy committees to consider remaining bills Lawmakers spent the first half of this week on the floor of the House and Senate again, sometimes in long and late-running sessions, debating and voting on bills up to the March 8th cutoff
Washington Legislative Session has moved into long days and nights as lawmakers debate, amend, and pass bills to the other chamber before next cutoff This week marked the midpoint of this year’s legislative session, as lawmakers wrapped up committee work on their own bills with last Friday’s fiscal committee cutoff.
Business, Financial Services, Gaming & Trade (Senate) – SHR 2 and Virtual J.A. Cherberg – 2/14 @ 8:00am • SB 5720 – Public Hearing – Concerning risk mitigation in property insurance. (Remote Testimony Available). Consumer Protection & Business (House) – HHR C and Virtual JLOB – 2/14 @ 1:30pm •