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KAIA Board Announces Virtual Annual Meeting and Legislative Update

By Chrissey Breault | January 14, 2021

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 p.m. CT and all members are encouraged to attend. …

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Bison Insurance Group Adds New Shareholder Members of Bainswest

By Chrissey Breault | January 13, 2021

The Bison Insurance Group, an insurance agency partnership located in Kansas, and their member agencies agreed to become shareholder members of Bainswest. This agreement has been ratified by the shareholders of Bainswest and Bison Insurance Group today. The member agencies of Bison Insurance Group include: Renn & Company-Wellington Al Shank Insurance-Liberal Tyner Insurance Group-Emporia, Wamego,…

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What Kansas Insurance Agents Can Expect during the 2021 Legislative Session

By Chrissey Breault | January 12, 2021

The Kansas Legislature convenes for its 2021 regular session on Monday, January 11. The 2021 edition of the legislature will look different than last year, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 landscape. Exactly how the legislature navigates the business of running this session is not clear and will be tested depending upon the pandemic’s…

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Second Stimulus Package Highlights

By Chrissey Breault | January 8, 2021

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 Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).…

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Kansas to Offer Insurance Licensing Exams Online

By Chrissey Breault | December 9, 2020

TOPEKA, KANSAS, Dec. 9, 2020 – Today, the Kansas Insurance Department, under the leadership of Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt and in partnership with Pearson Vue, announced that Kansas will begin offering online proctored insurance producers examinations on Dec. 15. “When COVID hit, Kansas was the first Department in the nation to get our producer licensing…

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Big ‘I’ and Trusted Choice® Launch Guaranteed Income Program

By Chrissey Breault | December 8, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 20, 2020 – The Big “I” and Trusted Choice® are pleased to announce the launch of the Guaranteed Income Program in partnership with the Nationwide Life Insurance Company and the Principal Financial Group®. The new platform provides a freshly developed set of products designed to help Trusted Choice independent insurance agents better…

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General Election Report

By Chrissey Breault | November 6, 2020

It was a big night for the GOP Republicans had a very good election in 2020.  Kansas voters pushed back against millions of dollars dumped into Kansas races by Democrats from across the nation.  While many predicted a shift away from the current supermajority for Republicans in the Kansas Senate and House, voters had a…

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USDA Announced New Federal Crop Insurance Board Members

By Chrissey Breault | October 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that four new members were selected for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors. Nicole Berg, Kenneth Selzer, Scott Silveus, and Pat Swanson will serve four-year terms starting in November 2020. “We appreciate the willingness of these…

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Top Agencies Share Success Secrets

By Chrissey Breault | October 14, 2020

The 2020 Best Practices Study Update is available and provides benchmarking figures and an analysis of the latest financial and operating results of the study’s participating agencies. Organized by revenue size from less than $1.25 million to more than $25 million, the report is easy to use and contains meaningful information for every agency, regardless of size…

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