SAAHU Newsletter – August 2020
To start off, I hope every one of you has managed the summer heat, remained safe and healthy, and are surviving these challenging times we face. It is my honor to say thank you and wish Ryan Hansen and his wife the very best of luck with their transition and move. I am humbled to take over as your next president and take extreme pride in following such great leaders that this community and association has had the pleasure of having.
We are living through challenging times and treading on water most of us never thought we would see. We are conducting business, socializing at a distance, and teaching our children in ways that feel foreign to many. These challenging times allow us to reflect, require us to adapt, and force us to grow as both individuals and as a community.
This past month we were able to conduct our first joint meeting with SAAHU and GPAHU via Zoom Conferencing. Dr. Hutton was very knowledgeable and provided an abundant amount of information on direct primary care and why employers are utilizing it. It is remarkable to see both communities come together for the greater good of our organizations. We looked to continue this momentum and success next month as a Special Legislative meeting with John Greene, VP of Congressional Affairs for NAHU. I hope all of you will be able to attend and look forward to seeing you all, even in a virtual fashion.
In addition, we are extremely grateful of the generosity of this community. Without you, the SAAHU Board and the Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Families of Tucson’s charitable donations and countless hours of time, the Dream Racer Car at the Diamond Children’s center would not be possible. This car allows the pediatric patients the ability to feel normal, be free and remain mobile during their stay. Just another opportunity to bring joy during these challenging times.
Thank you to our incredible sponsors for your support, and for bearing with us as we navigate the uncertainties in front of us. Our sponsors are also a part of the SAAHU family so please take a look at the sponsorship section and support these amazing organizations.
In the End, I look forward to this opportunity and ask that all of you stay engaged, offer your knowledge, and help us continue the success that we have experienced.
SAAHU would like to welcome all our new members to our organization! We are stronger because you have joined us! Thank you!
Have you heard we host New Member Orientation meetings? We would love for you to come and check one out soon!
We would love for you to join us!
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 are currently helping out Congenital Heart Defect Families of Tucson
The Mission of CHD Families of Tucson is to bridge the gap in quality of care for CHD Families by empowering parents with the tools to advocate on behalf of their child.
Our vision is to increase family involvement and inreach by encouraging families to recognize that our most valuable resource is our network of parents who have been where you are.
How can you continue to help them? For more information about this non-profit, you can visit their website at: https://chdtucson.org/
Thank you so much for being part of a great event! We can't wait to see you at the one next year!
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 link below to see where you stand in qualifying for 2020.
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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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
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.
If you would like further information - please feel free to reach out to Michael Bravo
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.
Here is the latest update from our NAHU counterpart - Mohanned Abdelaziz
HUPAC Roundup: Major Democratic Incumbents Defeat Challengers in Massachusetts Primaries
Nine members of Congress have lost their primary battles so far, the most in a non-redistricting year since 1974. One of the most closely watched primary contests this year occurred Tuesday in the Bay State between Senator Ed Markey and Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III. Markey, who has served as Massachusetts’ senator since 2013, defeated his challenger by nearly 10 percentage points, handing the Kennedy family its first-ever loss in a Massachusetts election.
When Kennedy first announced that he was running, polls were initially in his favor. Several political analysts within the state all believed the combination of his youth and the Kennedy name would propel him to defeat Markey, a senator who, until recently, was not particularly beloved by his constituency. While Kennedy attempted to make the fight a generational one – claiming the 39-year old was better equipped to represent the interests of the younger generation than the 74-year old Markey – Markey was able to turn it into an ideological one. Markey, who supports policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, routinely contrasted his working-class background with the ultra-wealthy member of the Kennedy dynasty. It was an angle that proved itself, with Markey coming out on top 55 percent to 45 percent. With this primary behind him, Markey is expected to easily defeat his conservative challenger this November. The Cook Political Report rates the senate seat as “Solid Democrat.”
The race made significant waves within the Democratic Party due to the internal division it caused. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who previously stated she would not endorse anybody challenging a Democratic incumbent, endorsed Kennedy shortly before voting began. Markey, on the other hand, boasted endorsements from progressives Rep. Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez and fellow Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. This loss makes Joseph Kennedy III the first Kennedy in history to lose a Massachusetts election. In abandoning his House seat for the Senate attempt, Kennedy will be out of a job at the end of the year. What is his next move? While he might he join a potential Biden Administration, any speculation about Kennedy’s future is just that.
Another closely watched Massachusetts primary was in the Bay State’s relatively rural 1st District. The district spans the largest amount of land of any other district, covering about one-third of the state. Democratic incumbent Richard Neal, current chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, successfully defeated his primary challenger. Neal made headlines recently with his role in the surprise-billing debate; Neal supports a solution to surprise billing that utilizes arbitration, a model that NAHU strongly disagrees with. Generationally speaking, the race was similar to the one between Markey and Kennedy, with 31-year-old Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse challenging the 71-year-old Neal. Morse attacked Neal from a progressive lens, claiming Neal is too closely tied to corporate interests. Neal ended up having an easier fight than Markey did and managed to defeat Morse 61 percent to 39 percent.
We would love for you to learn more https://saahu.org/Education
Within our organization we have several designations:
Registered Employee Benefits Consultant® (REBC®)
- NAHU Ethics in Business
And much more!!! Go read about them all here -- https://nahu.org/professional-development/courses
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 2020 NAHU LPRT Qualifiers:
- Korina Kay Gregg
- Judy Anne Johnson, MHP, RHU, REBC
- Rebecca Ann Kanoza, RHU, REBC
- Raymond E. Magnuson, JD, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC
- Rosanne Wolfe, RHU, REBC
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!
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.
Capitol Conference represents an unprecedented opportunity to present positive solutions that will contribute to a stable, competitive and efficient health insurance market.
NAHU members have been coming to Washington, D.C., to stand together and make their voices heard. Make sure your voice is amongst the crowd. By attending NAHU’s Annual Capitol Conference, you will have the opportunity to join with hundreds of your colleagues from around the country to lobby for health reform changes of importance to you and your clients on Capitol Hill. You will also get to hear from exciting speakers representing Congress, the Administration and other health reform stakeholders, network with other agents and see our Health Underwriters Political Action Committee at work.
In April, we had our monthly membership meeting held virtually. The topic was Healthcare Cost in the United States and Alternative Solutions presented by Chris Durkin. This was a 1 CE course. We also held 3 “Check In, Resources and Happy Hours” on zoom. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our annual SAAHU Golf Tournament. The 2021 SAAHU Golf Tournament will take place March 26, 2021.
In May, we had a 3 CE course on Ethical Challenges and Consequences. One America sponsored this meeting. Due to the pandemic this was held virtually. Following the meeting we held a virtual New Member Orientation for all the new members of SAAHU. We also held 2 “Check In, Resources and Happy Hour” virtually.
In June, we offered two virtual classes both with 1 CE credit. Topics included Financial Insecurity to Financial Wellness by Mari Noyes. The other course was Combination Disability Insurance taught by Jessi Spini and Marcy Pruitt.
July 21, 2020, we had our Annual Strategic Planning Meeting This is where the new board got together to come up with our goals for the upcoming year.
August 19th from 8-9:30 we will be offering another virtual meeting. This will be 1 CE credit. The topic will be Onsite, Shared Site and Direct Primary Care: What it is, How it works and why employers are doing it. We hope that you will join us.
We hope to be able to see you all again in person soon. Until then, we will do our best by providing you with quality and informative meetings virtually.
It you ever have any suggestions or ideas for us, please reach out anyone of our board members.
SAAHU Secretary 2020-2021
The Southern Arizona of Health Underwriters budget has been approved by the 2019-2020 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.
Thank you so much to our sponsors! We appreciate you!