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NeAHU News and Notes

March 2017

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President's Report

Whew, what a start to 2017.  So much is going on, this newsletter will probably be ‘old’ by the time you read it.

As I write this, House Speaker Paul Ryan has just postponed the scheduled vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the American Health Care Act.  So the negotiations continue and who knows what is going to happen?  As always, our legislative team in Washington D.C. will keep us up to date, as they have been and will continue to be ‘at the table’ during these discussions.

Speaking of Washington D.C., a group of 20 of your fellow members trekked to our nation’s Capitol last month to attend this year’s Capitol Conference.  The conference set a new record for attendance, so that goes to show how important it is for us as a federation to continue the communication efforts with our elected officials.

We are part of Region 4, and we were the ONLY region to have 100% HUPAC contributors for all those in attendance!  (You should have seen Mike Gray work the crowd to get those final two from Wisconsin to enroll!)

Even with a big snow storm on February 24, we had nearly full attendance at the 4-Hour LTC refresher course in Omaha, and 132 brave souls showed up for the bowling event!  It was a huge success.  And on March 1, we had another crowd of 100+ in attendance in Lincoln for three hours of CE with our good friend from Iowa, the always entertaining Jesse Patton.

Upcoming events include Omaha’s Awards program (with two hours of CE) on March 29 -- and then of course the Nebraska Insurance Leaders Forum on April 20-21 at the La Vista Embassy Suites.You won’t want to miss the GREAT speakers we have lined up, including a 3-hour Ethics class moderated by Coach Tom Osborne.

Hang in there, things are only going to get more interesting as the year progresses!

J.J. Green, CLU,ChFC


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Professional Development

Join the Omaha Association of Health Underwriters on Wednesday, March 29 for its Annual Agent Recognition & CE Event  featuring two hours of quality and timely continuing education.  The event will be held at Champions Run Country Club in Omaha and the registration fee is just $15 for NAHU members.

7:30 AM - Check-in and Breakfast Buffet Open

8:00 AM - "Healthcare Benefits, Reimbursement and Consumerism in the Age of Accountability" presented by: Lee J. Handke, PharmD, MBA - CEO of the Nebraska Health Network

The healthcare industry is rapidly evolving to one where health systems and providers are accountable for the cost and quality of care. This presentation will give an overview of emerging forms of provider payment, insurance benefits and the role of the consumer in this age of accountability. Participants will understand: 1) Drivers of the market push for accountable healthcare. 2) New health insurance benefit models being considered. 3) New models of reimbursement promoted by the government and commercial health insurers. 4) The evolution of the consumer and provider market to accept the challenge of accountability.

9:00 AM - Business Program Featuring Recognition of OAHU's 2017 Underwriter of the Year, Service to Mankind Award Recipient and election of 2017-18 Officers and Directors

9:30 AM - "The Next Best Thing in Healthcare" presented by: Tom Pusic - Director of Business Development for ELAP Services

American employers pay more in health care costs than employers in any other country in the world. Markups and inconsistent pricing by health care providers and insurance companies contribute to these issues and have continued to escalate in the last few years. Working with self-funded employer groups to understand can help control employee health care costs.  Assisting with plan design and establishing limits for payment of medical claims can correct reimbursements to correlate with the providers’ actual cost of services. Developing this rational and disciplined approach to health care results in tremendous savings self-funded employers. Proven cost-plus methodologies save these plans conservatively $150,000 per 100 employees that are on the plan.  Or another way to view this is a health plan receives on average about a 25% - 30% decrease of their overall medical expenses for the first year on the program and then maintaining that through the life of the program.  Providing a reasonable and fair reimbursement establishes a win-win scenario for all.

The CE progras will provide two hours of HEALTH CEUs for Nebraska & Iowa.

Register online or contact Chapter Administrator Joe Pittman at 402-397-0280.

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Chapter News

Join up to 300 insurance & financial services industry professionals at this annual conference to focus on cutting-edge sales ideas, timely continuing education & product training & much more.  

Featured Speakers:

Janet Trautwein, NAHU's National CEO, will do a two-hour CE program on Friday, April 21 which will include plenty of opportunites for you to ask questions about what NAHU is doing to help represent out interests.

The legendary Tom Osborne will present a continuing education course on business ethics, with stories of the ethical challenges he has faced as a coach, administrator, political candidate adn Member of Congress. 

Alex Sheen, founder of the social movement, "because i said i would" will move you to become a better person in both your business and personal life.

Attendee Registration is OPEN - REGISTER NOW

Agenda - Click here to view

Hotel Accommodations

Book hotel accommodations by March 30th for the discounted rate at the LaVista Embassy Suites & adjoining Courtyard by Marriott.

Embassy Suites: NAHU NAIFA Annual Meeting block (or group code “NA4”)
For the Courtyard: NAHU NAIFA Annual Meeting block (or group code ”NAHN”)

• Embassy Suites Standard Suite: $146/night (single or double occupancy),
$156/night (triple occupancy), $166/night (quad occupancy)
• Courtyard by Marriott: $124/night (single or double occupancy)
All rates are subject to room taxes/occupancy fees of 18.13% per night.

Check-in time is 3 p.m.; checkout is 12 p.m.

Make your reservation by calling the Embassy Suites at 402-331-7400, the Courtyard at 402-339-4900 or reserve online at online: Embassy Suites OR Courtyard 



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Membership Update

But wait - there's more!  All new members who join before March 28 will receive $60 towards the cost of their registration for the 2017 Nebraska Insurance Leaders Forum as well as a $25 gift card!  Contact Chapter Administrator Joe Pittman at 402-397-0280 or [email protected] for more information or for help with signing up!



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NAHU Update

CEO Janet Trautwein Testified Before Congress on Insurance Market Stability

On Wednesday, February 1, NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee focusing on the current state of the individual market and the need for congressional and/or administrative action before March 1 to help stabilize the insurance market for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 plan years. Janet's testimony addressed legislative and regulatory actions to increase stability in both the individual and employer-sponsored market... Read more

B2B In Focus

B2B is a conglomerate of many survivors of innumerable experiences. The most prudent way of learning is acquiring the wisdom gained from others who have already traveled the path before you. Life will always be a learning curve; but by using the lessons learned by others, this curve can become less of a hill and much shorter... Read more

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Calendar of Events



Omaha AHU CE & Awards Program
March 29, 2017 from 8 to 10:30 a.m..
Champions Run Country Club - 13800 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha

2017 Nebraska Insurance Leaders Forum
April 20-21, 2017
La Vista Embassy Suites

Omaha Insurance Agents Coalition Golf Classic (with two hours of CE prior)
June 8, 2017
Tiburon Golf Club

2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition
June 25-28, 2017
Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld - Orlando, FL

Lincoln AHU Golf Event
July 10, 2017
Hillcrest Country Club

NAHU Region IV Meeting
August 24-25, 2017
Omaha, NE


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