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Distinguished Programs Promotes Madsen to Pacific Northwest Sales Executive

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Distinguished Programs has promoted Jack Madsen to the role of regional sales executive.

In his new role, Madsen will consult with retail agents and brokers across all of Distinguished Programs’ insurance products and services, covering the Pacific Northwest, including Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii.

Madsen has more than two decades of experience as a sales professional, with more than 10 of those years in insurance. Prior to his role with Distinguished Programs, Madsen was a sales executive for Fulcrum Insurance Programs. Fulcrum Insurance was acquired by Distinguished Programs in 2015.

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Distinguished Programs is a national insurance program manager providing insurance programs to brokers and agents.

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Kentucky Inches Closer to Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky gained momentum Wednesday when a House committee overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the measure on a 17-1 vote. The bill moves to the full House next, and one of its lead sponsors, Rep. Jason Nemes, predicted it will pass by a wide margin. It would still have to pass the Senate, where its prospects are more uncertain.

The committee room was filled with advocates who have pressed for years to legalize medical marijuana for people battling chronic pain and debilitating medical conditions.

One Kentucky advocate, Eric Crawford, told lawmakers he already uses medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids to deal with pain and muscle spasms. Crawford suffered spinal cord injuries in a vehicle crash more than two decades ago.

“I’m not the only sick person in Kentucky in this predicament,” he said in emotional testimony. “There are thousands of other sick people in our state that use cannabis medically and are considered lawbreakers. Do you think we’re all criminals?”

He urged lawmakers to “do the right thing” and legalize what they consider a form of medicine.

“It is your moral duty to help those less fortunate than you,” Crawford said. “It is your job to enact laws for the betterment of sick Kentuckians.”

Some committee members pointed to overwhelming support from constituents back home to legalize medical marijuana as they voted for the bill. Advocates say medical marijuana would lessen dependence on pain medications in a state haunted by opioid addiction.

Medical marijuana is already legal in 33 states.

Smoking medical cannabis would not be permitted under the bill. Consumption could take place through such forms as pills and oils. A regulatory board would determine what conditions would qualify for doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients. The board would consist of eight doctors, four public advocates and a pharmacist.

Republican Rep. Kim Moser, who voted against the bill, said more research is needed on the health benefits of medical marijuana.

“I just want to make sure that seriously ill patients get the appropriate treatment and care that they need and deserve,” she said. “And I just want to make sure that they are getting the medication that they think they’re getting.”

Kent Ostrander of The Family Foundation told the committee that the state shouldn’t rely on “anecdotal-based assumptions” about medical marijuana.

He acknowledged that “there is medicine in the cannabis plant,” but added: “we just want to make sure that the good in the plant can be extracted and the bad can be removed. … But do we fully know what’s in the cannabis plant?”

After the lopsided committee vote for the bill, Crawford – who has been a frequent visitor to the state Capitol to promote the cause – acknowledged it was only an initial victory.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” he said.

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The legislation is House Bill 136.

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Idaho Falls Agent Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

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Idaho insurance agent Misty A. Adams was taken into custody this week after being sentenced for insurance fraud.

A licensed insurance producer from Idaho Falls, Adams, 45, reportedly backdated her son’s auto insurance policy after he was involved in a car accident.

With the backdated insurance policy, Adams then filed a claim with Allstate Insurance.

In addition to Adam’s insurance producer license being revoked in November of 2017 for violations of the Idaho Insurance Code, an administrative penalty of $46,000 was imposed.

Ms. Adams pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and was sentenced in Bonneville County. Adams was given a unified sentence of five years with two years fixed and three years indeterminate. The court then suspended the sentence in favor of five years of felony probation.

This week Adams was ordered to serve 28 days in jail, complete 100 hours of community service and undergo psychological testing. Adams was also ordered to pay a $500 fine, $1,865 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Insurance, $7,967 in restitution to Allstate Insurance and other court costs.

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Alliant Names USI’s Parvey Vice President in Oregon

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Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has named Casey Parvey vice president.

The Portland, Ore.-based Parvey will provide risk and insurance solutions to a client base throughout the region.

Parvey has a background in workers’ compensation, property, liability and other lines of coverage. Prior to joining Alliant, he was vice president at USI Insurance Services. He was an account executive at Providence Health & Services before that.

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alliant provides property/casualty, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, underwriting, surety, and financial products and services.

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