Each year, PIA agents from around the country travel to Washington, D.C. to attend PIA National’s annual congressional fly-in, formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit (FLS), now known as PIA Advocacy Day.
The name change reflects the unique, action-oriented nature of PIA National’s member fly-in, as compared to other association conferences, which are often heavy on panels and speeches and light on actual advocacy.
PIA Advocacy Day is the opportunity for independent agents to make their case to Members of Congress up-close-and-personal, in their Capitol Hill offices. While the government relations staff at PIA National is your year-round advocate in the halls of Congress, PIA Advocacy Day gives policymakers and their staffs a chance to hear directly from you, their constituents.
PIA Advocacy Produces Wins for Agents
PIA’s advocacy at our fly-in has produced significant recent victories, such as:
Ensuring tax relief for agency owners that has resulted in millions of dollars benefitting passthrough entities, including independent insurance agencies;
Leading industry advocacy to repeal the Federal Insurance Office (FIO). Legislation to repeal the FIO has been introduced in both the House and Senate for the first time as a direct result of advocacy by PIA members in Washington, D.C.;
Laying the groundwork for the passage of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 40 percent excise tax (known as the “Cadillac Tax”) on certain employer sponsored health plans.
Make Your Priorities, Their Priorities
The first day of the PIA Advocacy Day event, Tuesday, March 31, begins with an afternoon issue briefing and workshop conducted by the PIA National Government Relations team to make sure you are up to date on the issues and prepared for your meetings. The next day, Wednesday, April 1, PIA members head to Capitol Hill to meet with their elected representatives. In between are receptions and other opportunities to get to know your fellow PIA members better.
Save the Date for March 31-April 1, 2020 in Washington, D.C. to help lead the way for your profession.
Registration will open later this year. In the meantime, visit PIAAdvocacyDay.com for more information.