NEIAHU Newsletter

Dec. 2016
President's Message
This month has been exciting!  We are all coming off of our industry's busiest time of year.  From what I've heard, this season has been one of the best and busiest for our membership.  All I want to say is ....

Congratulations to all who made 2016 their best year, yet!!

This month, we held the Live NAHU Webinar with Janet Trautwein in early December.  We had 23 members take advantage of the 1 hour CE class and get the latest from our NAHU team.    

Our chapter will celebrate the Season with a Holiday Dinner/Awards & Recognition Program, Tuesday December 20, 2016.  We will celebrate the end of open enrollment, reflect on the many accomplishments our chapter has experienced over the past year with our annual report, acknowledge and thank our members who continue to make this a very special chapter. 
During our Awards & Recognition, we will celebrate our chapter's wins at NAHU Convention, i.e.  Chapter Certification, PaceSetter Award, Small Chapter of the Year, as well as recognize those members who have achieved mile stones, i.e. LPRT designation, HUPAC and ISAHUPAC contributors, Member of the Year, anniversaries, and the like.  

In the spirit of the season, our chapter is collecting items and cash donations for our chosen Service Project, The Rescue Mission.  You still have time to make a donation.  Contact Ava Lillmars or Tami Meeks.  It should be a very fun and festive evening of celebrating and fellowship. 

This is the best time to reflect and be thankful for the many blessings we have and for those special people in our lives.  I want to thank each of you for your continued support and commitment to our Chapter & Association.  On behalf of the Northeast IN AHU board, we wish a Blessed Holiday Season and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

I look forward to seeing you at our next general membership luncheon, January 16th for a 2 Hour CE class.  Visit the website for details at

Warmest Holiday Wishes,

Kathy Goffer

The Rescue Mission
Laurie Brumbaugh, the Director of Development at The Rescue Mission, spoke at our October Meeting.  The Rescue Mission, founded in 1903, is a faith-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, providing restorative care to men, women and children experiencing a homeless crisis. Our organization serves Fort Wayne, Allen County and its nine surrounding counties. The Mission is comprised of four ministries, or houses, that function as communities of compassion. For more information about this important resource, check out their website.

We are still collecting items for the Rescue mission!  For the list of items, please reference our website... if you'd like to make a donation, please contact Ava Lillmars or Tami Meeks.
Your New Year's Resolution - A New Certification
Did you know that NAHU offers several industry-specific certifications and designations?  In fact, through the end of the year, they are offering a 30% discount on several of the offered designations.  AND - many are available online - no classroom time!  The following classes are available:

  • Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC)
  • Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC)
  • Certification in Long-Term Care (CLTC)
  • Benefits Account Manager
  • Consumer Directed Health Care (CDHC)
  • HIPPA Privacy and Security Training
  • Patient Protection and Affortable Care Act (PPACA)
  • Self-Funded Certification
  • Voluntary Worksite Certification
  • Wellness Certification
For more information, or to get registered, please click on this link.  
Capitol Conference Registration is OPEN
Earlybird registratoin for Capitol Conference ends January 5, so if you are planning on attending, please get your registration in soon!  Conference dates are February 13-15 - if you want to see NAHU in action, this is your best chance!

 NAHU has created a website just for the Capitol Conference, so for the latest information, please check it out!
Recruiting Tool
There's a new "Why Haven't You Joined NAHU" infographic available - if you know someone who is on the fence about membership, it might be the deal breaker.  See the full version here.  

B2B Information

For a long time, NAHU has been operating its Broker to Broker members-only online community, also called B2B. It is truly one of NAHU's most beneficial membership benefits! Are you using it? B2B is an unlimited resource of healthcare industry information and government regulation guidance. It can help you better serve your clients in far less time than it would take to do your own research on industry and government websites.

There is a wealth of credible knowledge among NAHU members who regularly participate on B2B and who willingly share their knowledge with other B2B participants. You just need to post your question on the appropriate discussion group.
For example:

NAHU Member Anthony H posted: "Can an employer, small company, 2-3 employees, pay for the Medicare Supplement for the employee on Medicare? I know they can pay for Part B, but do not remember if this small of a company, or any size company, can pay for the supplement or the PDP card."

NAHU Member Jan W posted: "What is the way for a broker to sell / roll over their book of MAPD and PD clients? I've been told this can't be done. That the original agent must stay the agent until the plan choice/carrier choice is changed and that's not always in the best interest of the Medicare eligible. If that's the case, seems like a lot of brokers are building a book of biz that wouldn't be worth anything but the list of contacts and even then, the new agent can't outreach to them. Please provide insight how this can be done so the original agent can retire and not worry about doing all the certifications, etc."

NAHU Member Maria R posted: "I have a group set for renewal  September 1, 2016 who will drop down to under 50 Fulltime / Fulltime equivalent by renewal date this year. Do they have to meet the affordability portion of healthcare reform with this upcoming renewal?"

In each case, credible responses were posted within 24 hours, which provided the needed guidance to these inquiries. And all B2B postings are archived for any NAHU member to review at any time.

NAHU Member Susan S posted: "I absolutely love B2B. The posts have always been interesting and thought provoking. Sometimes the discussion has even changed my mind about an issue-which is a miracle in and of itself!"

We invite you to jump in and join B2B. See how it works and what a great educational resource it will be for you and your clients. We think you'll really like it! Look in a recent issue of the HIU Magazine for a featured article on B2B. You can also go to B2B from the NAHU website. From the NAHU website, simply select the Members navigation tab and click on "B2B" in the drop down menu.

HUPAC Wishes to Thank...
Our HUPAC team, Denny Wright and Nancy Blake, wish to thank Sabine Barrett, Justin Finton, Kathy Goffer, Matt Hatfield, Jody Kinsey, Rhonda Loyd, Crystal Michel, Rita Musser, Linda Parish, Ruste Pontenberg, Mike Ripley, Ryan Stoneburner, Cindy Trahin, and Denny Wright for their generous contributions to HUPAC over the last year.  Your dollars count!  
Upcoming Events
Holiday Social/Awards Program
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:00pm
Hotel Fort Wayne
Registration is CLOSED for this event, but if you've already signed up, we can't wait to see you!

January 16, 2017 - Membership Meeting
2 Hours CE - details available on our website

Wanna know what's going on in Fort Wayne?  Check out Greater Fort Wayne's CALENDAR OF EVENTS and get involved in the exciting changes happening in the city you love!

In This Issue
President's Message
New Certification
Capitol Conference
Broker 2 Broker
What's Next?
Kathy Goffer
Vice President
Bill Hartman
Past President
Cindy Trahin

Jeff Fabini
Sue Jones

Awards Chair
Sabine Barrett

Communications Chair
Amber Frey

Denny Wright

Hospitality Chair
Jessica Clayton

Legislative Chair
Denny Wright

Media Relations
Edward Judkins
Membership Chair
Justin Finton

Retention Chair
Dawn Fair
Professional Dev. Chair
Cindy Trahin

Public Service Chair
Ava Lillmars
Bill Hartman


NEIAHU has met the NAHU criteria to be designated as a Gold level Chapter for 2016 in the Annual Chapter Certification program.  
NEIAHU has achieved certification every year since 2007 when the Chapter Certification program was first introduced!

NAHU's Mission Statement
NAHU will improve its member's ability to meet the health, financial and retirement security needs to all Americans through education, advocacy
and professional development.
NAHU's Vision Statement
Every American will have access to private sector solutions for health, financial and retirement security and the services of the insurance professional.  

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