The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) held its 26th Annual Capitol Conference from Feb. 22 through 24 in Washington, D.C. The theme of the meeting was “Benefits Specialists: Leading the Way to Healthcare Stability!” Nearly 800 health insurance professionals from across the country did just that by promoting resolutions for healthcare issues to congressional leaders.
The greater Sacramento area was well represented by Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters (SAHU) members and officers David Brabender, Anthony Halby, David Fear Jr., David Fear Sr., Cerrina Jensen, Ned Schaut, Brad Davis, Carolyn Lewis, Lorraine Holly, Megan Chiarello, and Leanne Chrisman. These SAHU members met with representatives from the offices of Doug LaMalfa (D1), John Garamendi (D3), Tom McClintock (D4), Doris Matsui (D6), Ami Bera (D7), Jerry McNerney (D9), and Jeff Denham (D10). The Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters (SAHU), is one of over 200 NAHU chapters across the country.
Topics of discussion included removal of broker commissions from the medical loss ratio, simplification of employer reporting requirements, restoration of Medicare advantage dis-enrollment options and the repeal of the Cadillac tax.
“It is important that we continue to provide our members with the tools they need to stay informed about health reform and what has been implemented, while also giving them a voice to have an impact on regulations that have yet to be made,” said NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein. “We are educating agents and brokers so they know what to expect and how to best prepare and assist their clients.”
The National Association of Health Underwriters represents 100,000 professional health insurance agents and brokers who provide insurance for millions of Americans. The Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters (SAHU) is a local chapter of the California Association (CAHU) and the National Association (NAHU).
“What an amazing experience,” said David Brabender, SAHU’s Legislative Chair. “NAHU did an outstanding job providing clear messaging and materials to its members. I’m optimistic that NAHU will ensure agents play a major part in shaping the evolution of the ACA.”