IIABA Meeting to Tackle Agent Issues on the Hill

NU Online News Service, April 23, 11:55 a.m. EDT

Independent insurance agents and brokers from around the country will descend upon Washington D.C. this week to talk politics and insurance during the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s annual legislative conference and convention.

The event will kick-off this Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel with the Young Agents and InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon.

Agents will hear from Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Robert A. Rusbuldt, IIABA president and chief executive officer calls Schock “a rising star” in the Republican Party. He notes that, in Schock’s freshman year in Congress, he was selected by his peers to serve as Deputy Republican Whip.

On Thursday, the IIABA will hold its legislative conference breakfast. Attendees will hear from Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican conference and Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., co-chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition.

Of most interest to agents will be Barrow’s insights into the Congressional landscape on House bill HR-1206, which would “halt the devastating effects on agents that is being caused by the new health care law’s restrictive Medical Loss Ratio provision by removing agent compensation from the formula,” says Rusbuldt.

Barrow is a top sponsor of HR-1206, says Rusbuldt.

The Representative serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.

The event will conclude Friday with the IIABA’s convention general session.

Mike Donohoe, IIABA chairman, will deliver the state of the association address that morning.

Following the address, agents will get some insights “from opposing sides of the political spectrum on an array of important issues” from Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke in a panel discussion moderated by Rusbuldt.

Barnes is a FOX News political analyst and founder of the Weekly Standard. Kondracke is also a FOX political analyst and serves as Roll Call newspaper’s senior editor.

Additional information and registration is available at www.independentagent.com under the “Events and Conferences” link. 

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