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Ridesharing

Q: Do you know how hiring a ride with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) like Uber or Lyft works?

Q: Do you know if the TNC has auto insurance, requires its drivers to have insurance, and/or conducts background checks before hiring drivers?

Q: If you want to drive for a TNC, do you know if you must pass a background check, if your car must pass an inspection, if you must have certain types and limits of insurance?

Q: When does a ride really begin and end? How much does one cost and how high can the prices go?

Q: What’s all the hooplah about?


We’ll answer these and other questions during our live webinar, Ridesharing, which will be presented on May 16 at 11 a.m. Mountain/1 p.m. Eastern time. Insurance producers and adjusters in Montana will earn 1 hour of continuing education (CE) credit for completing the webinar and click here to register.

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New for 2017 … Webinars by Request!

In addition to our monthly schedule of insurance continuing education webinars, we are now offering insurance CE webinars by request. This means is we will hold webinars just for you–at dates and times that work for you, including Saturday mornings. Choose from among the 15 courses in our curriculum or arrange for us to develop a webinar to meet your particular needs.

How does it work?

  1. You contact us with your preferred date and time, and the webinars you are interested in
  2. We check Linda’s availablity as instructor
  3. Our fee is based on the number of attendees; the more attendees, the lower the cost per person

For more information, click here.

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New Insurance Classroom CE Seminar Approved

Our newest insurance classroom insurance CE seminar was approved this week for 4 hours in the state of Montana. P&C: 4 Important Pieces touches on four specific topics that are essential to both personal lines and commercial lines producers:

  • Bonds and suretyship
  • Crime and fidelity insurance
  • Inland marine coverages
  • Renting cars

The debut presentation of this course will be held in Kalispell on September 23, 2016 beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit our FloodCo CE page.

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Two New Classroom CE Courses Approved

We are happy to report that the Montana Insurance Continuing Education Program just approved two new classroom insurance CE courses:

P&C Smorgasbord was approved for 8 hours of credit and contains eight, 1-hour topics:

  • Renting Cars
  • Bonds
  • Identity Theft
  • Terrorism Insurance
  • Inland Marine Coverages
  • Reinsurance
  • Surplus Lines
  • Cyber Security

Life and Health Smorgasbord was approved for 4 hours of credit and contains three topics:

  • Anti-money laundering (1 hour)
  • Medicare (2 hours)
  • Affordable Care Act (1 hour)

Both courses will be presented in Missoula during the week of September 18, 2016. For more information about pricing and registration, click here.

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Our June Newsletter is Now Available

Here’s a link to our June Newsletter, which contains the latest news about our insurance continuing education course curriculum: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=153f99e08d4b5ee668e796186&id=110531a4bd

We will be visiting Missoula in September, where Linda will present 24 hours of classroom CE at the Staybridge Suites on the north side of town. For more information about these events, including pricing and discounts, click here.

Our hottest webinar at the moment seems to be the 1-hour Renting Cars, which explains the issues that arise when an individual or business rents a car and then expects the personal or business auto policy to extend coverage. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always go as smoothly as expected because a number of conflicts exist between the car rental agreement and the insurance contract.

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March Newsletter and Insurance CE Schedule

Our March newsletter was published online today, along with our upcoming insurance CE schedule. For those of you who are unaware, in addition to offering our insurance CE webinars in Montana we now offer them in the state of Oregon. We are also presenting our CE webinar courses in-house so, if you’d like your agency/company staff to attend the same webinar–either one we are already offering or one we design especially for you, contact Linda directly for more information.

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Thanks, FloodCo and Montana Logging Association!

We had TERRIFIC insurance continuing education classroom seminars in Bigfork and Kalispell last week, thanks to the folks at FloodCo of Whitefish and the Montana Logging Association in Kalispell.

Marina Cay Classroom framedLloy Griffing of FloodCo hosted three insurance CE seminars at the Marina Cay Resort in Bigfork on Monday, October 5th. Despite the dry subjects (Montana law, ethics, and cyber security), we had a terrific time and are looking forward to returning to the area in the spring for another FloodCo-sponsored event.

We spent the day on Tuesday, October 6 with Coleen, Erica, and John at the Montana Logging Association. These wonderful people were kind enough to host the day’s two Marina Cay view framedseminars: Insuring Mother Nature and Insurance Fraud.

We appreciate our clients, as well. If it weren’t for their enthusiastic invitations to return to Montana, and their faithful attendance at our classroom seminars, we wouldn’t be able to have this much fun … this often … in Montana.

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3 Brand New Insurance CE Webinars Approved in Montana

We are happy to announce that we received approval from the Montana Insurance Continuing Education Program for three brand new webinars:

2015 Montana Insurance Legislative Updates is approved for 1 hour of CE and addresses some of the insurance changes addressed during the 2015 regular legislative session. This webinar will be offered in 2015 on October 20 and December 19. 2016 dates will be announced sometime in October. This seminar meets the requirements of the legislative changes course.

Ethical Dilemmas is approved for 3 hours of CE and helps students achieve a better understanding of the ethical dilemmas they routinely face concerning service issues, privacy and confidentiality, and understanding issues related to the insurance application. This webinar will be offered in 2015 on October 14 and December 15. 2016 dates will be announced sometime in October.

Insuring Mother Nature is approved for 3 hours of CE. Mother Nature tends to surprise us with a variety of weather events. In this course, we help students become familiar with P&C underwriting risks and how they relate to certain catastrophe risks, acquire a basic understanding about why the purchase of separate flood insurance is so important, understand the earth movement exclusion (and coverage) and how it pertains to more than just earthquakes. This webinar will be offered in 2015 on November 17. 2016 dates will be announced sometime in October.

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Register for Classroom Insurance CE in Montana, October 5 & 6

We are holding two days of insurance classroom seminars in Montana on October 5 and 6, offering a total of 14 hours of approved insurance continuing education credit.

October 5, Bigfork (sponsored by FloodCo)

8 to 9 a.m. – 2015 Montana Insurance Legislative Updates (1 hour of CE) -BRAND NEW course

9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Ethical Dilemmas (3 hours of CE) – BRAND NEW course

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. – lunch (included)

1:15 to 4:15 p.m. – Cyber Security (3 hours of CE) – 2nd presentation; 1st presentation was in Missoula in June

 

Seating is limited and registration is being handled by Lloy Griffing at FloodCo. You may contact Lloy by phone at 406-270-0799 or by email at Lloy@FloodCo.net. Location: Marina Cay conference room.

 

October 6, Kalispell

8 to 11 a.m. – Insuring Mother Nature (3 hours of CE) – BRAND NEW course

12 to 4 p.m. – Insurance Fraud (4 hours of CE)

 

Seating is limited. A $10 late registration fee applies, per seminar, only for the October 6th events for registrations received after 9/29. Location: Montana Logging Association, 2224 Highway 35.

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3 New Classroom Insurance Continuing Education Courses Approved in Montana

We just received approval for three new insurance continuing education classroom seminars in Montana:

  • 2015 Montana Insurance Legislative Updates was approved for 1 hour of CE
  • Ethical Dilemmas was approved for 3 hours of CE
  • Insuring Mother Nature was approved for 3 hours of CE

The ethics and legislative changes courses will be presented for the first time at our FloodCo sponsored event in Bigfork, Montana on Monday, October 5th. Insuring Mother Nature will be presented for the first time in Kalispell on October 6.

For more information, or to register for these classroom seminars, click the following links in the red linkbar appearing at the top of the page: CE Course Dates, Insurance Courses, and/or FloodCo Sponsored Insurance CE in Montana.

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October Insurance CE Seminar Schedule/Montana

We will be in the Kalispell area on October 5 and 6 offering five insurance CE seminars, all of which are brand new.

Our October 5th event is sponsored by FloodCo and we are in the process of negotiating the venue, which will probably be in Bigfork. Registration and inquiries for the event should be directed to Lloy Griffing. He can be reached by email or phone at Lloy@FloodCo.net or 406-270-0799.

  • 8 to 9 a.m. – new 2015 legislative updates course, submitted for approval for 1 CE
  • 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – new ethics course, submitted for approval for 3 CEs
  • 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. – Cyber Security – approved for 3 CEs

Our October 6th event will be held at the offices of the Montana Logging Association:

  • 8 to 11 a.m. – new course, Insuring Mother Nature, submitted for approval for 3 CEs
  • 12 to 4 p.m. – new course, to be announced, to be submitted for approval for 4 CEs

To see our entire curriculum of insurance CE seminars, our CE webinars, or our 2015 CE course dates, visit our website.

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Insurance CE Webinar Schedule through December

Now that the summer webinar hiatus is nearing an end, we’ve posted our insurance CE webinar schedule online for the remainder of the year.

Our September lineup includes:

To see all our insurance CE course dates for the remainder of 2015, including classroom seminars in Bigfork and Kalispell, Montana on October 5 and 6, visit our website’s CE Course Dates page.

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MT Classroom CE Sponsored by FloodCo in June 2015

FloodCo, LLC is partnering with us by sponsoring a day of insurance CE in Kalispell on Wednesday, June 10, 2015:

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Ethics and E&O: A Professional Relationship – approved for 3 hours of CE
  • 12 – 1 p.m., break for lunch, which is included
  • 1 – 4 p.m., Flood Insurance – approved for 3 hours of CE; meets FEMA training requirements

Seminars to be held in the Community Room at Snappy’s Sports Senter in Kalispell.

For more information, or to register, contact Lloy Griffing at FloodCo:

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2 New Montana Insurance CE Courses Approved

We’re happy to report that the Montana Insurance Continuing Education Program has approved two more classroom CE courses in our curriculum:

Both classroom seminars will be presented in Missoula in June (on the 8th and 9th) and in Kalispell in September (on the 29th and 30th).

We expect to e submitting a Cyber Security webinar during the month of May, as well as several other new webinars and seminars in the coming months.

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February Newsletter and Calendar Dates Available

Our February newsletter, which contains our CE schedule for the month of February, was published today. To view the newsletter online, click this link. If you would like us to email you a copy of the newsletter, send us an email at CE@faulknereducation.com with “send newsletter” in the subject line.

We are in the process of finalizing our Montana classroom seminar dates and will get our complete 2015 calendar up on the website soon.

We will be in Great Falls on June 11th to present two 4-hour insurance CE seminars at the annual convention of the Montana Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (MAMIC). We also expect to be in the Kalispell/Whitefish area earlier that same week. We will be in Missoula and Kalispell sometime during the last 10 days of September and the first week of October.

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2 New Insurance CE Webinars Approved in Montana

We’re happy to announce that the Montana Insurance Continuing Education Program has approved two new webinars, which we’ve added to our curriculum:

  • Insurance Claims … and Fraud has been approved for 3 hours CE credit and addresses the following topics:
    • Unauthorized insurance entities
    • Unfair insurance trade practices
    • Claims and fraud pertaining to disasters and the following types of insurance claims: property, liability, auto, and WC
    • Tips for detecting and preventing insurance fraud
  • Personal Lines Coverage Issues has been approved for 3 hours of CE credit and addresses the following topics:
    • Who is insured on various PL policies
    • Coverage gaps in the HO and auto policies for certain types of recreational vehicles
    • PL insurance policies available to insure recreational vehicles
    • Property exposures best insured in inland marine floaters and policies

Our first presentations of these webinars will be held on the following dates – times shown are EASTERN time:

  • Insurance Claims … and Fraud – October 29 at 11 a.m. EASTERN time
  • Personal Lines Coverage Issues – December 11 at 2 p.m. EASTERN time
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5 More Insurance CE Courses Approved

We’ve have 5 more insurance CE courses approved in Montana: three classroom seminars and two webinars:

  • The three 4-hour classroom seminars will be presented in both Missoula and Kalispell during the week of September 22:
    • 4 Must-Have Commercial Lines Coverages
    • Personal Lines Coverage Issues
    • Insurance Claims … and Fraud
  • We will begin presenting the two 2-hour webinars in late June or early July:
    • 4 Must-Have Commercial Lines Coverages – Part 1
    • 4 Must-Have Commercial Lines Coverages – Part 2

We will be submitting the webinars to the state of Oregon later this month and will be submitting additional webinars in both Montana and Oregon next month.

We’ll have more details on our website  sometime next week, well as in our monthly newsletter. Click here to subscribe to our monthly insurance CE newsletter.

 

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Insurance CE webinars approved in Oregon!

We’re happy to announce that three of our insurance continuing education webinars have been approved for producer CE credit in the state of Oregon:

  • Ethics and E&O: A Professional Relationship is approved for 3 hours
  • Flood Insurance Training Course is approved for 3 hours
  • Understanding Insurance Fraud is approved for 4 hours

As we submit additional webinars to Montana for approval, we will also submit them to Oregon.

For more information, visit our Insurance CE Webinars or Shop pages.

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Montana Legislative Changes and Ethics CE Courses Approved

Our five most recent submissions to the Montana Department of Insurance were approved for CE credit for producers and adjusters:

Our webinar and classroom seminars do NOT require an exam to earn CE credit. They’re interactive and fun … considering all we do is talk about insurance!

Our self-study courses require the student to complete and pass a monitored exam. They’re not as much fun as our webinars and seminars, but they’re easy to read and understand and our exams don’t include any “tricky” questions.

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Free informational webinar about our 2014 CE offerings

Join us for a free webinar about our 2014 insurance CE and training curriculum. During this webinar, we will:

  • Introduce you to our webinar format
  • Discuss our upcoming 2014 insurance CE curriculum (classroom seminars, live webinars, and self-study courses)
  • Discuss our upcoming insurance training products that will be available for purchase and download from our website
  • Answer your questions and collect your feedback about the types of courses and products you’d like us to add to our curriculum

The actual webinar presentation will last 20-30 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session. To register, click here.

 

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Interested in Insurance CE Webinars?

I’m proud to announce that my client, A.D. Banker & Companyis offering a full line-up of CE Webinar courses beginning May 15, 2013.  These are attendance based sessions with NO final exams.  Courses are led by insurance professionals with years of industry experience and can be attended from anywhere the internet is available.  CE Webinars are currently approved in the following states:  AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MO, MS, NC, NE, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA.

I developed and wrote several of the webinars and will be presenting two of the them:  Health Insurance and the PPACA and Cyber Liability.  I’m scheduled to present Health Insurance and the PPACA on May 15, June 12, July 11, August 8, September 10, October 22, November 19, and December 17.  I’m scheduled to present Cyber Liability on May 30, June 28, August 27, October 10, and November 13.

For a list of topics, click here; from that page, click on Continuing Education at the top of the page for dates, times, and pricing.

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Why the Government’s Health Program (PCIP) is Running Out of Money

An article in today’s LifeHealthPro prompted my blog post today.  It’s about the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that was established by the Affordable Care Act to guarantee health insurance for the unfortunate individuals who had health conditions so serious insurers wouldn’t write insurance on them.

Well, folks, the federally-run PCIP is running out of money to pay for the claims of all the sick people who purchased coverage through the plan.  Why is that? you may wonder.  Well, the government paid more in claims that it expected to pay.  Here’s my question:  Why did the government think insurance companies didn’t want to write coverage for those people?  And here’s my answer:  Because people with health issues have more claims than people without health issues do.

I’m not saying unhealthy people shouldn’t be able to have coverage.  However, since the very nature of insurance–and state insurance regulations–REQUIRES premiums to be adequate enough to pull in enough funds to pay claims, there’s only one things premiums can do when the costs of claims rise.  Yep, you guessed it.  So when the PCIP provided “affordable” insurance, it wasn’t charging enough premiums to pay the claims.  Which is really BAD news for the folks enrolled in the plan.  Which those of us who understand the nature of insurance expected to happen.  [P.S.   The PCIP stopped accepting new enrollees some time ago because the government saw the handwriting on the wall.]

I’m a nonsmoker in my late 50s who has no health issues:  my blood pressure is 120/80, my cholesterol is below 200, and I don’t take regular medication.  I don’t have diabetes or any other condition.  And I pay, personally, out of my own pocket (because I’m self-employed), $563 a month for health insurance.  I understand precisely what consumers are faced with concerning the costs of healthcare.

I’m also one of the few people who has a copy of the text of the Affordable Care Act on her computer, and who has read a good portion of that text.  (I admit it:  I haven’t read the whole thing.)  There are all kinds of provisions most consumers don’t know about.  And I’ll bet a lot of politicians don’t know about them, either.

If you’re interested in reading a brief, consumer-friendly timeline of what will be happening under the Affordable Care Act, you can visit Healtcare.gov at What’s Changing and When. Although many people know more about the Affordable Care Act than I do, I’ve  researched it extensively, written a couple of insurance courses on it, and presented a number of webinars on the topic.  I welcome your questions.

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Free Webinar – Insurance Fraud

In partnership with A.D. Banker and Company, I’ll be presenting a 45-minute webinar preview of A.D. Banker’s insurance CE course, Identifying Insurance Fraud, at 1:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 7th and again on Thursday, March 21st.  The CE course is available online as a self-study course and, depending upon your state, has been approved for 5 to 7 credit hours for producers and adjusters.

Click here to register for the free webinar.

To review the courses offered by A.D. Banker (many of which I developed and wrote), visit their website and choose your state and preferred method of course delivery (classroom, online, or self-study).

All my webinars, trainings, and CE classroom presentations appear in my events calendar, which appears at the bottom of each page on this website, as soon as they’re scheduled.

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Montana, Here I Come

Newsflash:

The response to my proposal for offering insurance continuing education classes in Missoula in September was SUCCESSFUL!  So, thanks to all those wonderful people who were able to receive my inquiry and respond so quickly, I’m in the process of negotiating conference space and mapping out the curriculum.

Of course, I need to submit everything to the Montana DOI for course approval, but I’m hoping to have that done within the next couple of weeks.  Once I’ve booked the hotel and scheduled the curriculum, I’ll put up a “Montana CE” page on the website for you to look things over and download a registration form.

Montana, here I come!

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Shall I Head West to Montana?

I moved back to Massachusetts from Montana two years ago.  (Actually, my puppy and I headed out for the 2,700-mile drive on February 26, 2011.)  Since that time, many of the insurance professionals who attended the classroom insurance continuing education courses I offered during the 7 years I lived in Montana have contacted me to see when I would be returning.

Well, how can I resist all the love and devotion of those people … especially after all this time? In two words: I can’t.

I’ve decided to put together 2 days of classroom CE seminars in Missoula during the mid-September if enough people register for them.  Each day will offer two different seminars totaling 8 hours of CE credit.  At the moment, my plans for topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Flood Insurance (meeting FEMA training guidelines)
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Professional Liability (E&O, D&O, EPL, and Cyber)
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mold
  • Terrorism

If you, or someone you know, are interested in attending and want to be included on my mailing list once I’ve settled on the curriculum and reserved the date and location, email me at Linda@LindaFaulkner.com