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FAKE NEWS – Get your Fake News right here

Well, the media released the latest information about the expected premium increases for 2018 by the only carrier (can you say monopoly?) remaining in the individual market for Nebraska. Medica has proposed rates that were touted as an average increase of 17% over last year but let me suggest that first and foremost, this is

Playing on a Team

With the baseball season in full swing and the College World Series just a few weeks away (by the way, General Admission ticket books are available at our office), now is a good time to discuss teamwork. If you have ever played any type of team sport, you will understand that every person is important

Are You Still Passionate About Your Career?

Seems like there are many people I meet over the course of the year that are not as passionate about life and their careers as they once were. Many are just going through the motions and have lost the zeal that new agents and brokers have. Gone are the days of excitement in making the

Most Noble Profession

As I enter my 29th year in the insurance industry, I reflect on what it is that I exactly do. You see, I entered the profession by answering a newspaper ad stating I could make hundreds of thousands of dollars. Young and sort of naïve, I went in with the same enthusiasm that many of

Association Membership = Continuing Education Credits

A bill has been introduced and is in committee at the Nebraska Unicameral that would allow agents to earn six hours of continuing education credit by being a member of a professional association. When I first heard that Senator Mark Kolterman was putting forth this bill, I figured that any professional agent would applaud and

Are You Ready For ACA 2.0?

The election is over and all through the land, not a person was sure what Trump had on hand.  His knowledge is huge and the bluster is over, it’s now time for ACA to be covered with clover.  Keep some or repeal all is the question today, which is better is for us, it is

Consumers Need to be Educated

I had the opportunity this last week to see our dysfunctional health system up close and personal. This situation was absolutely mind numbing to say the least and is another example as to why we need consumer involvement in the healthcare purchasing system. Here is the synopsis of what happened. I am on a maintenance

When Did Honesty Become Obsolete?

I was brought up to respect one thing above all others. Honesty! Seriously, my parents were staunch believers that lying was never acceptable. Today, it seems it is not only acceptable but rather is expected. From our leaders all the way through to everyday people. It is permissible to be dishonest as long as your

Time to Pay the Piper

“It’s now time to pay the piper!” Any idea where this phrase comes from? It actually originated back in the days when traveling musicians would travel the countryside and provide music for the elite. A musician would play (usually a pipe or flute because they were easy to carry) and provide the music to dance

Department of Labor ruling

Ok, I know you probably have heard all about the ruling the DOL has put concerning the fiduciary standards. BUT WAIT, the DOL has done even more damage. For a government agency that none of us elected nor do we have any say in its decisions, it has recently caused serious problems on two fronts