Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
December, 2013

 37th Annual Winter Conference

 Midwest Madness! 

February 5-6, 2014

Ramada Inn, Kearney


 12 CEUs (3 Ethics)* P/C & Agribusiness

By Master Instructors Chris Amrhein &

 Sam Bennett

Expanded Exhibit Hall 

Over 40 Exhibitors
 Prime Rib Buffet

 *approval pending


January 22 Discount Deadline - Registration & Hotel Reservations   



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Agency/Company Personnel

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Young Agents  $99!

Multiple Registration Discounts  

IIAN's Newest Member Services

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John Dismukes Consulting

Top-notch agency valuation & management advice

10% off for IIAN members!


RLI PUP Access

Manage your Personal Umbrella business online - including e-signatures & credit card payment!


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Career Center


Post your openings and resumes.




IIAN Foundation Scholarships
March 1, 2014 Deadline

Six $1,000 - High School Scholarships
(including 3 for Lancaster/Adjacent Counties)
One $1,000 - College Scholarship
Two $1,500 - InVEST Scholarships for the NECC Online Insurance Services Degree 


Download applications here. 


Technology Corner  


Best Practices For Electronic Policy Delivery


Free Webinar For Members - Jan 14

Click here to register 


Developed by the Big "I" Agents Council on Technology (ACT), a new report is focused on the "best practices" for policy delivery from the carrier to the agent electronically, as well as from the carrier or agent to the insured by paper or electronically. The intent is to advance our industry practices to meet changing consumer experiences and expectations, rather than to place a "Band-Aid" on our current paper intensive workflows.
Following an industry phase-in period, the ACT work group strongly believes that its recommendations will result in a better customer experience, will reduce our reliance on a costly paper process and will help us compete effectively with direct carriers - while at the same time complying with emerging state and federal regulations.
Click here to access the full report.


Welcome New Big "I" Members!
These independent insurance agencies recently joined
Coleman Associates --
 Bobbi Coleman
Paul Thompson Insurance Agency -- Paul Thompson 



Mill-West Insurance --
Reginald & Tamara Roth



Steve Hannon Insurance --
Steve Hannon


Thanks to the Big "I" Industry Partner for December


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 Columbia Insurance Group


Their support enables IIAN to present affordable, high-quality member programs.

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IIAN's New Web Site - Gateway To Your Association!
Big "I" Member Resources All In One Place
IIAN has completely redesigned your web site to be a key resource for you and your agency.  We believe it is more user friendly and better organized so you can find what you need under five major headings:  INFORMATION &  NEWS - MANAGEMENT TOOLS - EDUCATION & EVENTS - MARKETS & MARKETING - INTERACT & ENGAGE.  On the home page you'll find links to registration for upcoming IIAN education programs, webinars, and conferences, as well as the latest industry, association, and agency management news.  Check it out at !  
Happy New Year From IIAN's Board & Staff

IIAN's staff and Board of Directors would like to take the 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!


We hope you, your organization, and your family have a healthy and prosperous 2014!  Contact us any time for information and assistance (the IIAN office will be closed Jan. 1).

 IIAN staff roster and e-mails   IIAN Board roster and e-mails 

IIAN Ready For Unicameral Session Starting Jan 8

Watch For IIAN's "Capitol Notes" E-Bulletin

When the 2014 Unicameral session starts on January 8, IIAN Legislative Representative Jim Cavanaugh, will be there from the first day to "sine die", scheduled for April 17, 2014. IIAN's Legislative committee, chaired by Bob Hoppe of Columbus, meets regularly with Cavanaugh during the session to pro-actively address issues important to independent insurance agents.

At its meeting on December 12, IIAN's committee determined to continue to pursue increasing Nebraska's minimum motor vehicle liability limits in 2014 -- and will address insurance issues carried over from this year's "long session", including cancellation of HO policies due to weather related losses.  See what passed in 2013, and access list of bills carried over to 2014.

June 2013 Legislative update
2013 Unicameral Session Wrapup


And watch for IIAN's Capitol Notes e-bulletin and YouTube video reports throughout the session!

Team Up With 4-H In Your County To Support Youth & Promote Your Trusted Choice® Agency

2014 Local "Life's Choices" 4-H Projects Starting In January

IIAN's continuing partnership with the 4-H Foundation is gearing up now for 2014 - it provides Nebraska Trusted Choice® agencies in counties all over the state the opportunity to promote their agencies locally and be identified with a great cause.  The 4-H "Life Choices" program helps young people learn how to prepare themselves for a successful career and interview for the jobs they want - while exposing them, their parents, and educators to insurance career opportunities in Nebraska and the added value of Trusted Choice® independent insurance agencies.  Kids who participate in "Life Choices" projects in their communities will compete in four District interview contests, to qualify for the state-level contest at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair.  More about Life's Choices Trusted Choice® partnership.

Winners at the 4-H Trusted Choice(R) "Life Choices" West Central District interview contest in North Platte in April, 2013. 

   IIAN members interested in becoming involved with local 4-H "Life's Choices" projects can contact Shane Potter with 4-H, 402-472-9026,, or Phil Harr, IIAN Marketing Representative, 1-800-377-3985,   

Mid-America Technical Conference Addresses P/C Coverage Problems & Develops Solutions

Since 1934, the Mid-America Technical Conference has been serving the American agency system as a forum for discussion on topics such as property-casualty coverage, rules, forms, and other technical aspects within the insurance industry. IIAN member Andy Bassett, CPCU, CIC, from Omaha, represented Nebraska Big "I" members at the annual conference held November 3-5, along with a group of agents chosen from their home states to sit down with ISO, ACORD, NCCI, and company representatives to discuss coverage issues, problems and solutions - which are submitted by agents. These discussions often lead to positive change! See success stories.  Read Andy's report from 2013 conference.  To submit your coverage or rule problems to Andy for the 2014 conference, email . 

Missouri ACA Statute Challenged In Court By Navigator Organizations

The case, entitled St. Louis Effort for AIDS v. Huff, was filed by  organizations that are certified under the ACA to provide assistance in helping uninsured Missourians obtain health insurance. The plaintiffs allege that the Missouri statute regulating navigators and certified application counselors funded by the federal government, both prevents them from providing the assistance the ACA requires them to provide to consumers, and prevents consumers from obtaining such assistance. Click here to read lawsuit.


New Member Spotlight - Woodhouse Family Insurance
Woodhouse Testimonial 
See What Tom Baker Has To Say
About Joining The Big "I"
ISO Exclusion For Data Breach Makes Its Way Into CGL & BOP Policies
ISO officially filed multi-state mandatory endorsements which remove any ambiguity over the ability to submit a data breach claim under a CGL or BOP policy. The new forms (including CG 21 06 and 21 07), filed with an effective date of 05/14, exclude coverage for damages arising out of "any access to or disclosure of any person's or organization's confidential or personal information [...] including [...] trade secrets,[...] financial information, credit card information, health information, or any other type of nonpublic information." It also excludes the loss of or loss of use of electronic data. As is customary with emerging exposures, the industry's consensual response is to segregate the new exposure from the better known ones, and address it separately. Adding a specific exclusion will facilitate the company's position that it is not its intent to cover data breach violations.
Price Gains Slowing Down

Even though commercial insurance prices increased for the 11th straight quarter - rising by 5% in aggregate during third-quarter 2013 - price gains are slowing down from the 6-7% gains of the past six quarters, according to Towers Watson. Price hikes by line of business were lower in all lines, except for EPL, which saw price increases in double digits. No line of business reported a price decrease. Click here to read the article.