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The Story of Frank T. Priest “The Association was founded to develop better agents to better serve the citizens and industries of Kansas and promote a better relationship between member agents and the insurance companies they represent. Due to pioneers’ efforts, the dedicated officers and committee members, and the quality of the member agents, the…

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KAIA Board Announces Virtual Annual Meeting and Legislative Update Due to the difficulties of being able to safely meet in person, the KAIA Board has decided to hold our required annual membership meeting virtually, along with a Kansas legislative update.  The virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd from 11 a.m. to 12…

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Second Stimulus Package Highlights Congress reached an agreement on Dec. 20, 2020, for a second stimulus package that will provide immediate aid to both individuals and businesses. This President’s signature occurred on Dec. 27, 2020, making it the law. The law impacts both the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and loans established under the…

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Big ‘I’ Receives $500,000 for Trusted Choice® COVID-19 Relief Fund from Foremost® and Bristol West® Insurance groups’ donation to provide relief to Big ‘I’ members facing pandemic challenges.  ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 27, 2020— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) is pleased to announce that Foremost® Insurance and Bristol West® Insurance…

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COVID-19 and Commercial Property Vacancy Concerns As of this writing, 38 states and countless cities and counties have enacted some form of stay-at-home order amid the pandemic panic arising from COVID-19. If the operation is not considered an “essential” business, its doors are shut – for now. How long such orders will or even can…

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How the Insurance Industry Can Help with the Coronavirus Pandemic by Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM, AIM, AAM Two days ago, I posted this analysis of a lawsuit filed in New Orleans seeking a declaratory judgment that business income insurance covers losses arising from government-mandated business shutdowns or curtailments: “Business Income Insurance…Does It Cover Coronavirus Shutdowns?”…

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Licensing during the Coronavirus Emergency The Kansas Insurance Department (KID) has issued a bulletin and press release stating it will suspend all “non-essential” operations beginning on March 23 until at least April 6. Several members have contacted KAIA asking what to do about new employees they need to get licensed. KID has posted answers to…

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Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan Provide a vision that looks beyond the present to the desired future ndependent insurance agencies are at a crossroads. Decisions made in the next few years will have a profound and perhaps irrevocable impact on the future of the independent agency system. Strategic planning is not only a necessity, but…

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3 Ways to Identify Quality Candidates During Seasonal Hiring Hiring managers receive a deluge of applications, and they need to have a strategy in place in order to get through the high volume of resumes in a timely and effective manner while remaining thorough and without sacrificing standards. ​The summer and holiday months are a…

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