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September 2018 News from ISAHU

R3 Conference, Legislative Update, Member Spotlight, and more!

President's Message


On August 6th and 7th 2018, the Region 3 Regional Leadership Conference was held in Cleveland, Ohio. ISAHU and local Indiana Chapters were well represented at the conference.  As the two-day event unfolded there was an obvious theme that carried throughout the conference. That theme was “You have to ask.” NAHU leaders throughout the region and nation told their stories of someone asking them to join NAHU, asking them to serve in a leadership role in their local, state and sometimes regional and national levels.

Very few if anyone will join something without first being asked to join. All of us as members of NAHU know at least one person that should be a member of this association that isn’t. Those that should be a member probably won’t become a member without someone asking them to do so. The question we must each ask ourselves is: do we believe in this association enough to make 5-minute phone call to ask that non-member to become a member?
If you don’t ask, the answer is already no.
Go Forth and Conquer
 
Don Griffey
2018-2019 ISAHU President
2018-19 State Board Listing

ISAHU Member Profile - Bill Robinson and Andrea Bogard


Like many of us, Andrea Bogard came into the insurance industry more by chance than by choice.  After spending her children’s formative years as a stay at home parent, when the time came to join the workforce, she took a job as a secretary at an insurance agency.  That position evolved into her quickly getting her insurance license, and over the course of the next 15 years or so, her learning the industry and eventually, buying the agency. 

Her joining NAHU wasn’t quite as much of a fortunate accident.  Bill Robinson, who, at the time was a representative for American Community Insurance Company, had to do quite a bit of work to get her to join the association.  It was a task that took him nearly 3 years to complete.  His work frequently brought him into...
Read the full profile on ISAHU.org

 

New Member Benefit


Recently the ISAHU Board of Directors approved two new member benefit programs - the Office 360 program and the Next Agency program. Office 360 provides access to office supplies at savings consistently below other office supply programs: free delivery to all commercial locations - home based businesses get free delivery for orders of $90 or more and only a $10 delivery free for orders less than $90. For more information on how to enroll in this program go to the ISAHU website and click on "Become a Member." 

Next Agency is a program providing agency software. When contacting Office 360 and Next Agency be sure and tell them you are a current ISAHU member. ISAHU receives a small dividend from these programs for all enrollment and sales to current members. These funds will be used to offset ISAHU member expenses. For general questions on either of these programs please feel free to contact ISAHU President Elect Jeff Goodwin at
jgoodwin@imaweb.com or 317.691.9086.

Legislative Excellence Award Deadline December 5

The Legislative Excellence Award honors state and local chapters that excel in legislative involvement by performing outstanding service.

The Legislative Excellence Award will be presented at Capitol Conference, 2019. One award will be given out to a local chapters with over 126 members, and one award to a local chapter with 126 or less members.

When applying for the award, you must submit the application form/score sheet which can be found under the Awards section on the NAHU website. The deadline to get all documentation to NAHU is December 5th, 2018

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ISAHU Legislative Update

 
Dwight "D" Hall
ISAHU Legislative Chair 

Welcome to September and unfortunately the end of Summer.  It sure seems like it just began!!  But never fear, we’ll still have plenty of “heat” due to the political season heating up!
 
Federal Update

As noted last month, AHP’s (Association Health Plans), Drug pricing, ACA risk adjustment payments, Navigator funds, MLR, etc continue under discussion and are in various stages of change/implementation as we speak.  In addition, return to a 40 work week rule, Repeal/delay of the HIT tax and the Excise/Cadillac tax, allowance of COBRA as creditable coverage, changes to Medicare Advantage plans, employer reporting improvements and other initiatives are in the forefront of NAHU’s efforts in D.C.
 
As always, continued Thanks goes to NAHU’s staff – eg, Janet Trautwein, John Greene, Chris Hartman and Marcy Buckner as they help direct the overall legislative process in D.C.  ...
 
Read the full update on ISAHU.org

Now is the time - to get certified!


Did you know that NAHU offers industry recognized certifications at a discounted rate for members?  There are many different types of designations available, so regardless of your specialty, there is a designation for you.  Options include:
  • Benefits Technology Certification
  • Consumer Directed Healthcare Certification
  • HIPAA Certification
  • Individual Health Insurance Certification
  • Medicare Certification
....and many more.  For more information, or to register, click HERE.  
 

Member Anniversaries

Jeffrey Goodwin - IMASERV, Inc./Indiana Manufacturers Association - 34 years
Gary Billings - Billings Insurance - 22 years
Linda Passmore - All Insurance Solutions - 18 years
Debra Rykovich - 1st Source Insurance - 18 years
Amanda Petty - Renaissance Family of Companies - 17 years
Nancy Swank - AFLAC - 16 years
Richard Buchanan - ISU Insurance and Investment Group - 16 years
Sheryl Alexander - Gregory & Appel Insurance - 15 years
Douglas Sidebottom - Assured Partners - 15 years
Bridget Redmon - ISU Insurance & Investment Group - 14 years
Robert Strickland - Indiana University Health Plans - 14 years
Carolyn Beck - SIHO Insurance Services - 13 years
Scott Clippinger - NFP Clippinger Financial Group - 13 years
Tina Hazelip - Deaconess Health Plans, LLC - 12 years
Gina Clevenger - Clevenger Insurance - 11 years
Linda Parish - Suitable Solutions - 10 years
Steven Snyder - Old National Insurance - 10 years
Kevin McShay - Encore Health Network - 7 years
Shawn Norris - NFP Clippinger Financial Group - 7 years
Sondra Gardetto - 3 years
Andre Waddell - Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center - 3 years
Roy Mikesh - Anthem Blue Cross / Blue Shield - 3 years
Lisa Heintzberger - Healy Group - 3 years
Isaac Campbell - Hatfield Insurance Services LLC. - 3 years
James Ewen - Laven Insurance Agency - 2 years
Alan McCloskey - Consolidated Union - 2 years
Roger Fisher - Consolidated Insurance Services - 2 years
Natalie Bunnell - The HSA Authority; Old National Bank - 2 years
Joe Cerda - Mass Mutual - 2 years
Ashley Warrum - SIHO Insurance Services - 1 year
Krista Seaton - CareSource - 1 year
Eric Rogers - Primerica Financial Services - 1 year
Kevin O'Hair - Health Resources Inc - 1 year

Welcome New Members

Aaron Dicken - Pfenninger, Claxton, Estelle
Stephanie McAdoo-Eady - Pro-Claim Plus
Acadia McKinley - Mayerstein-Burnell Company (MBAH)
Greta McWhorter - The Healy Group
Eric Notestine - SIHO Insurance Services
William Stafford - Rx HELP Centers
 
A reminder about CE's:  As insurance professionals, we need to do our best to encourage you to take seriously the information being presented at these courses and learn the information by being actively present.  Therefore, be sure and stay for the full class (short bathroom breaks allowed), and do not read newspapers, use your computer (unless taking class notes)  or talk loudly. The sole purpose of CE is to increase your knowledge and professionalism in order to better inform your clients of our highly complicated insurance business and to avoid chances of needing to use your Errors and Omissions coverage. 
Chapter Updates. 

Greetings from Northeast Indiana! I trust this finds everyone rested and prepared for the fourth quarter!

Summer is winding down and fall is soon to be upon us, where does time go?  Cool days are coming, boat rides will require jackets, and cottages/lake homes are being prepped  for winter hibernation. All this leads to a busy yet satisfying quarter of professional activity.

 
Labor Day being the unofficial last weekend of the summer allowed us to prepare for what’s ahead. This is the time of year where those in the Senior market don’t get a chance to sleep, those in the group market are managing renewals and taking advantage of new opportunities, and if you are in the individual market you are just hoping the carriers stick around for another year so your clients can secure coverage. No matter which market or markets you serve, your service to your clients is needed now more than ever.  Remain professional and diligent in your service to your clients and prospects; we are the face of NAHU on a local level.  
 
With this busy 4th quarter hopefully you will still find time for health underwriter activities. We just wrapped our golf outing and our September monthly membership meeting.  We will continue to have monthly meetings every month through the end of the year – see the ISAHU calendar or www.neiahu.org.

As always we are here to serve you, the members. Should you have any questions or comments please feel free to share.

Live Free, Be well, Get Involved!
Respectfully,
Jeff Fabini, 2018-19 NEIAHU President    
Things continue to “Rock and Roll” in the South Central chapter!
 
I can’t tell you what a fantastic Board your Chapter has, and not because I am the current President. We are doing so many awesome things as a team such as creating and implementing a new Partnership Program, we had our first special membership event in Columbus on Sept 13th to attract more members and finally our website is coming to fruition. None of these things could be done by one person - I encourage you to reach out to a Board member and see what you can do to be more active in this great Chapter.

We had 9/11 remembrance with a Veteran Color Guard, soloist, and various personal experiences of that day by our members. Our venue for this meeting was a museum for a former Air Force base that was located on the premises.

Speaking of Christmas, we have started the process of getting our holiday dinner together.  It is to be held December 17th. I'm sure it will be a fun and entertaining event so mark your calendar. Please note it is the last day of OEP and we figured by then if it isn’t done by then, we sure will be! 
 
Lastly, we are always looking for new CE opportunities and if you happen across a good one please let us know. We are looking at having Carolyn McNairy come back with TASC and do another CE in early 2019. I found her to be a delightfully entertaining speaker even though the topic can be disheartening… Dept of Labor issues, compliance problems, should I go on?

Charlie Mayberry
2018-19 SCIAHU President
Update from Greater Bloomington -

Our Next Meeting Date Tuesday Oct 9th 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Our meeting will be at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse.  We will be having a traditional business meeting and updates - our guest speaker is from the Cincinnati office of the Department of Labor.  We are still finalizing the topics being covered but it will be an informative meeting.
 
SAVE THE DATE!  GBAHU GOLF OUTING FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH!!
 
We are currently working on our final items for our golf outing.  I think as we read this the golf outing will have occurred and hopefully been a great success.  For those of you who played or sponsored thank you very much for your support!
 
 
Doug Skinner
2018-19 GBAHU President
GNIAHU had an excellent September Medicare meeting.  We brought in attorney Charles Backs of Bears, Mallers Backs & Salin to speak on Estate and Medicaid planning.  The room was very engaged and we definitely needed more time as questions were coming in from every table.  That presentation was followed up by a remote presentation from Charo Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, and finally a presentation from Mike Jones from Humana on Veterans Benefits.  We earned 3 CE hours in the half day meeting and learned a lot along the way!
 
Humana was our event sponsor and also presented pins to our members who are also veterans of the military.
 
The GNIAHU golf outing continues to be a huge success thanks to our many sponsors and the volunteers that continue to improve on the outing every year.  This year we added a photo booth stop and a bag toss game.  In addition to our sponsors, on the day of the outing, we raised money for ISAHU PAC and an additional $600 for this year’s charity organization, Hello Gorgeous, a local not for profit that provides free makeovers to women battling cancer.

James Brogdon
2018-19 GNIAHU Communications Chair
Office360 has teamed up with ISAHU to provide a customized program for members, designed to improve the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of your business! Office360 provides companies with products to keep your business running and reduce total cost, all with an easy online ordering system.  They are a one-stop shop for everything around your office including supplies, furniture, print, coffee & breakroom, janitorial, workplace branding, and design & space planning. 
 
The program includes special ISAHU pricing on 400+ of the top office products as well as deep discounting on over 60,000 items, all available for free next day delivery with no minimum order.  

To open an account, visit www.office3sixty.com, click on the login tab, and enter the user id: isahu and password: reg30933. Complete the registration information and your account will be set up with the ISAHU pricing program within 24 hours.  Have a question? Contact Office360 at customerservice@office3sixty.com or 317-632-1360. 

Upcoming events

Wrapping up the golf outing season is GBAHU's outing on the 28th. SWIAHU's Health Insurance Awareness Day is coming up in early October, just the day before IndyAHU's monthly meeting.  For a complete listing of all upcoming events, click here!  

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