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.

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

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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!