OIA Advocacy: The voice of independent insurance agents

OIA's Advocacy team is the voice of independent insurance agents on issues that protect a healthy business environment for Ohio independent agents, insurance consumers and employers. We are your advocate!

Advocacy key successes

HB493 Bill Signing

Advocacy Impact:
 OIA's Carolyn Mangas, member independent agents and BWC staff at the signing of House Bill 493 (other states workers' compensation coverage).

Thanks to the engagement of our member independent agents, OIA has supported the election of legislative candidates who championed policies that led to the following successes:

  • Ensured that smaller agencies are exempt from several new complex and burdensome cybersecurity requirements
  • Defeated several attempts to expand the state sales tax to apply to agent commissions
  • Championed a law to ensure certificates of insurance will be used for their intended purpose
  • Spearheaded a law to allow the BWC to provide other states workers’ comp coverage
  • Changed the law to allow agents to carry over excess CE hours
  • Simplified the surplus lines form
  • Clarified agent appointment requirements
  • Developed a fairer process for BWC claims that are likely to be subrogated
  • Reduced agent appointment fees by 25 percent
  • Established ridesharing insurance coverage requirements for TNCs like Uber

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Advocacy Reach

OIA has strong relationships with a variety of state agencies and public officials to make a difference. 

We have full-time staff dedicated to advocacy and building strong relationships with legislators, members of the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Department of Insurance and other important state agencies.

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Member Engagement

OIA members regularly testify on priority legislation and meet with legislators to educate them on important issues that impact independent insurance agents and insurance consumers.

Through feedback from our member independent agents, OIA helps set the advocacy agenda of legislative and regulatory issues as well as plan political events, among many other initiatives.​

​Our members are also actively engaged in a variety of events, such as OIA Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse and the Big "I" Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

2019 OIA PAC goal


Ohio Insurance Agents Political Action Committee (OIA PAC) is a voluntary, non-partisan political action committee. Our PAC is the voice of Ohio’s independent insurance agents and their clients.

Your support is critical to our continued success! Our 2019 goal is to raise $50,000 to strengthen our efforts to promote a strong economy and competitive insurance marketplace in Ohio.

Learn more about OIA PAC.