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Posted by Tracy Dacus on October 30, 2013 - 5:19pm
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The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released the results of the investigation into the death of Cirque du Soleil performer Sarah Guillot-Guyard.  The accident occurred during the final scene of “Ka” at the MGM Grand in Vegas on June 29th, when the wire holding 31-year-old Guillot-Guyard was severed and she fell 94 feet.  She died en route to the hospital from ‘multiple blunt force trauma.’  

 

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on October 24, 2013 - 1:47pm
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The Associated Press estimated that $684 million will be spent annually to market and promote Obamacare.  That’s quite a budget!

We’ve seen a lot of creative marketing campaigns to sell insurance.  Who doesn’t love the GEICO gecko’s accent?  Then there’s the helpful and overly perky ‘Flo,’ who has over 5 million Facebook fans from selling Progressive insurance.  My personal favorite is ‘Mayhem,’ who impersonates everything from a faulty bungee cord to a hot female jogger to show people why they need Allstate insurance. 

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on October 23, 2013 - 5:09pm
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Remember when President Obama said ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan?’  It turns out that’s not the case for everyone.  If you have an individually purchased health insurance plan like 14 million other Americans, you may have received notice that your plan is being cancelled.  Kaiser Health News reports that major health insurance carriers in Florida and California have sent out hundreds of thousands of cancellation notices to individuals.  
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Posted by Andy Adams on October 21, 2013 - 9:37pm
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Our friend Bruce Hotze shared the following letter that Bum Phillips wrote a few years ago.  It was written to honor Texas Independence Day, but it is well worth a read this week as we remember Bum:

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Posted by Andy Adams on October 21, 2013 - 3:59pm
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This is the video showing off the proposal for a remade Astrodome.  We will be voting whether to approve it come November.  What do you think?      

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Posted by Andy Adams on October 18, 2013 - 9:54am
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At the Allegiance Bank Texas ACA seminar, I was asked to take out my "crystal ball" and predict what might be coming down the line for the ACA.  I answered that my track record on predicting the ACA is pretty poor.  Of course, that did not stop me from making some vague comments about what might change with the ACA.

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on October 17, 2013 - 11:14am
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Adams Insurance Service is proud to be a part of American Subcontractors Association Houston Chapter’s education series.  Our Vice President of Risk Management, Mike Macomber, will present two of these five free 60 minute sessions hosted by industry experts.  

Next Wednesday Mike presents ‘Developing Effective Foremen and Supervisors.’   This study is designed to help upper management review the quality of their line supervisors.  We will look at the criteria used to hire or promote your existing line supervisors, and review training concepts and ideas needed.  The one-hour interactive class will include materials covering: 
 
Listening skill development
Communication
What is a competent manager?
Hiring and interviewing
Developing your bench
 
This program is not designed to teach technical aspects of your business nor legal principles.  It is designed to assist in the development of your line supervisors so that they are better prepared to effectively manage your workforce.  
 
The class will be held at the Adams Insurance Service offices on Wednesday, October 23rd from 2-3pm, and is free for ASA members.  Space is limited, so register now through the ASA website.
 

 

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Posted by Andy Adams on October 17, 2013 - 10:38am
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Today's WSJ has a great op-ed about the slow-motion disaster that is the health exchange website:

HHS still refuses to disclose how much taxpayers shelled out for this exchange lemon. The money came from several ObamaCare, general HHS and Medicare accounts and flowed to more than 50 outside vendors, with several no-bid contracts awarded outside the normal procurement process.

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Posted by Andy Adams on October 15, 2013 - 11:52am
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Part 1 of my series made reference to a virtual DMV for health insurance.  I have to retract that statement and apologize to the DMV.  I have tried to log on and review quotes on a individual basis 7 times in the last two weeks.  I have not been able to make it past the password creation screen.

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