May 2018 -SAAHU Newsletter Print

President's Report

president's report


Hello Everyone,

We had such a great meeting with Janet Trautwein in Southern Arizona. The EVP and CEO of NAHU visited us here in Tucson on 3/21 and as promised it was a great legislative update!

Our April SAAHU breakfast was chuckfull of eye opening information by Andrea Brody with information on how to control pharmacy costs on April 18th. 

Our golf tournament was a tremendous success! We could not have had such a great success without your support and with the support of all the great volunteers headed by Stacy Nietupski and Ryan Hansen.


Also, Mike Embry our NAHU President is calling for all of us to join him as an LPRT Qualifier, the time to act is now!


On a personal note - come June you will be installing a whole new board. I have been honored to be part of this association as your president, it has been a pleasure to lead this organization once again.

Thank you for your continued support,


Michael Bravo

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Welcome New Members


SAAHU would like to welcome all our new members to our organization! We are stronger because you have joined us! Thank you!

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Calendar of Events

We would love for you to join us!


Come check out the events coming up!

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Community Service

SAAHU is a firm believer in making a difference within the community we live in. We do this by selecting a local registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization twice per year. We are proud to announce we have supported Kids Animals Life & Dreams from August to December. SAAHU donated $250 to their charity.


Their mission is to build mentoring relationships with youth in foster care by offering animal assisted learning, initiating volunteer opportunities, helping them develop their potential, and help prepare them for a successful future. The teens that they serve are in the DES system, and are required to find a job and/or volunteer on a monthly basis. KALD has partnered with another 501(c)3 organization called More Than A Bed to provide a place of service for these kids. More Than A Bed supports foster families and children by providing practical and basic needs. They have a warehouse (Prince & Campbell) where basic necessities are stored and foster families can come and get supplies at no cost. The teens of KALD volunteer at the warehouse to get their community service hours and get paid $5 an hour and must complete 16 hours a month (total $80).


How can you continue to help them? For more information about this non-profit, you can visit their website at:

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NAHU Presiden'ts Triple Crown Program


To qualify for the Triple Crown, within the calendar year (01/01-12/31), a member must:

HUPAC: Participate in $12 x 12 draft program or contribute $150 total for the year
Membership: Recruit two or more new members
Advocacy: Use Operation Shout to send three or more messages

One, two, three -- it's that simple!

While members have the entire year to complete the requirements, winners will be announced quarterly. Once a member achieves Triple Crown, their name will appear only once on the specific quarterly qualifiers report (below), in the quarter in which the recognition was obtained. Once earned, the member has qualified for that calendar year.  Click on the reports below to see where you stand in qualifying for 2018:

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SAAHU members are eligible for discounts on products and services that can enhance their business success and increase their bottom line, including E&O insurance, technology, and compliance savings. By utilizing the NAHU-exclusive discounts offered by the following vendors, members can often more than recoup their membership investment.


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Find an Agent

Sometimes you need to find a fellow agent outside of your area - heck! Sometimes you need to find one in YOUR area! 


Here is a simple way to do it! Click here!

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Member Benefits

NAHU members are eligible for discounts on products and services that can enhance their business success and increase their bottom line, including E&O insurance, technology, and compliance savings. By utilizing the NAHU-exclusive discounts offered by the following vendors, members can often more than recoup their membership investment.

When contacting vendors for more information, members should mention their NAHU membership. Come and learn more about them at our website

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HUPAC is the political action committee of NAHU. It is the expression of our First Amendment rights to free speech and association guaranteed under the Constitution. Such political expression has become far more than a useful option for professionals in a heavily regulated business like the health insurance industry. It has become a necessity.

HUPAC is registered with the Federal Election Commission. Since NAHU and similar organizations are prohibited from making political contributions, HUPAC was created to allow contributors to combine their financial support to a candidate to achieve maximum effect.

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Operation Shout!

NAHU is the leading professional association for health insurance agents, brokers, general agents and consultants. Our members work every day with individuals, families and employers of all sizes to help them purchase health insurance coverage and use that coverage in the best possible way. As a dedicated group of more than 100,000 benefit specialists from across the nation, we advocate on behalf of American health insurance consumers.

One of the primary ways we engage in advocacy for the consumer is by supporting legislation that ensures the future and stability of the insurance industry. Through Operation Shout!, you as a member have the opportunity to participate in this exciting process.



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Leading Producers Round Table

The Leading Producers Round Table (LPRT) formed in 1942 to recognize the successful underwriters of accident and health insurance. Today, the LPRT committee is committed to making LPRT the premier program for top health, disability, long-term care and worksite marketing insurance producers, carrier reps, carrier management, and general agency/agency managers.

We would like to take a moment and recognize the 2018 NAHU LPRT Qualifiers:

  • Korina Gregg
  • Judy Johnson
  • Rebecca Kanoza
  • Raymond Magnuson
  • Rosanne Wolfe

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From the Annual Convention to Capitol Conference, to Regional Conferences, State Symposiums and more we want you to be part of the organization and all the events in provides!


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Education Foundation

The NAHU Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps the public stay informed about the public and private health insurance options available to them.

The foundation creates educational materials for the American public about private health insurance options, whether consumers are buying health insurance coverage on their own, purchasing coverage through the exchange or signing up for a plan through their employer.

The foundation also assists those needing coverage who may be eligible for public programs like Medicare, Medicaid or children’s health insurance programs.

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Golf Tournament

Thank you so much for being part of a great event! We can't wait to see you at the one next year!


Want to learn more? Jump here and register now

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SAAHU at the Capitol Conference

Capitol Conference represents an unprecedented opportunity to present positive solutions that will contribute to a stable, competitive and efficient health insurance market. 


Conference tickets are still available and this is your chance to make sure our solutions are part of the mix.


If you would like to attend please go here to sign up.

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Thank you so much to our 2018 Sponsors so far!

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Secretary's Corner

We may have not had membership meetings during the summer (July & August) however we have been very busy planning for our upcoming year.  


  • August 9th  we had our State Strategic Planning meeting in Scottsdale, AZ.  
  • Our Region 7 leadership training took place August 10th and 11th in Scottsdale, AZ and this year we combined with Region 6. I t was two action packed days full of activities and great speakers.
  • August 21st SAAHU had a productive startegic planning session as well. 
  • We kicked off our first membership meeting at a new location, Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites.  We will continue at this location.  
  • September 27th we had our fist membership meeting.   It was put on by one of our very own Vice president of SAAHU, Michael Grossman.  He spoke on Ethics and this meeting was 2 Ethic CE's.   
  • October 12th we tried something a bit different.  We had a Live Through NAHU with Janet Trautwein, NAHU CEO.  Janet gave us an update on Washington.  This meeting was also a 1 CE credit.  
  • November 15th  was Kathy Winger, business attorney who talked with us about cyber security for health insurance brokers.  This meeting was a 1 CE.  
  • December 13th we had our very own member Denisse Bravo who talked with us about wellness and use of essential oils in healing.  We also held a very successful annual silent auction.  
  • January 17th our speaker was Jessica Badowski who spoke on the powers of social media and how to leverage it to connect and attract new clients. 
  • February 21st  we plan to have Dan Johnson talk to us about wellness and stress.  We have applied for CE.
  • In March 21st we hope to have Janet Trautwein, CEO of NAHU come speak to our chapter.
  • In April we have slated for Mike Embry, NAHU President to come chat with the association. 
  • Stay tuned for the more detailed dates and times.  We hope to see you all at our upcoming meetings.

If you ever have any suggestions on speakers or topics let one of our board members know.

Respectfully submitted:

Nicole Dyson

SAAHU Secretary 2017-2018

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Treasurer's Report

The Southern Arizona of Health Underwriters budget has been approved by the 2017-2018 board of directors at the beginning of the fiscal year.

 Interested on seeing the SAAHU Budget? Just ask! The budget and financial reports are available for review upon request by contacting the association treasurer.

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