NEIAHU Newsletter

Feb. 2017
President's Message
Hello Members,

This month is a busy month for the chapter and our Association.  Our chapter sent 5 members to Capitol Conference in Washington D.C.  It was an exciting time to be in our Country's Capitol. The Indiana delegation made up of 28 members from 7 chapters who met with all our legislators.  We heard from our NAHU experts on what are the industry's priorities and the steps needed to move our agenda forward.   Over the next few months, you will hear from Cap Con attendees on their overall experience and a few of their takeaways.  Next month, our legislative team will provide more details on how NAHU is helping shape the priorities for stabilizing the Individual markets, recommendation to shift items back to the States and repealing the HIT, Cadillac and Employer Exclusion.   You won't want to miss our March 20, 2017 meeting.

Our February program included a 1 hour CE on NAHU Navigation and Resources:  How to Navigate Our Association websites, refreshing member profiles, online renewal with bank drafts, Compliance Corner, Legislative Priorities, and Certification and Designation programs.  A Special Thank you to Amber Frey, Medpartners, for sharing her expertise and providing the training.

What's on our agenda for the first quarter of 2017?  
1)       Chapter Business Entity - updated and filed
2)       Application for our Not for profit status - submitted and anxiously awaiting our Letter of Exemption.  A special thanks to Sue Jones, Bost Benefits, for keeping this on the board's radar.
3)       Chapter Certification - Submitting documentation due at the end of this month.  Meeting Gold Status but Reaching for Platinum.  If not in 2017, it's definitely a goal for 2018!
4)       Working on the Pacesetter Awards project which requires every board member and committee chair to make sure their activities and accomplishments are captured.  Sabine Barrett, PHPNI, Inc., is spearheading this monumental task.  We're expecting another great year!
5)       Public Service project this month, Members, will be serving lunch at The Rescue Mission, February 22nd.  Thanks to Ava Lillmars and Tami Meeks for their efforts in coordinating this event.  
6)       Hospitality project - prepared and sent out our annual member survey. It's quick & easy. If you haven't completed yet, please take a few minutes - the survey is located HERE.  Shout out to Amber Frey and Jessica Clayton for their help in getting this out to our members, just in time for the Pacesetter.      
7)       Super CE Day planning committee has speakers and agenda set.  April 27th - This will be another outstanding day of learning, networking, and collaborating.  Registration is Open.  Sponsorships are selling fast.  Hope to see you there.     SUPERCEDAY.COM

Your board continues to focus on our 2016-2017 goals and we look forward to seeing what the new year brings.

Lastly, a very special Shout Out to our fellow members in the Southcentral Chapter.  for achieving Platinum Certification for the second year!  What a great team accomplishment and well deserved.  
Warm Regards,
Kathy Goffer     

Committee Highlights:  Awards Committee
Have you ever wondered what happens on some of our committees, or even what they are responsible for?  Sabine Barrett, our awards chair, shares the responsibility of the Awards Commitee below.  

Awards Committee will meet 3 times per year (1 time in Feb and 2 times in March) to determine the progress of the Pacesetter awards requirements.  The committee will compile all required information and organize this for submission to our NAHU Awards Committee in Washington to arrive no later than April 5th deadline.  If it is determined our chapter wants to attempt to apply for other Local Chapter Awards, there may be other meetings set throughout the year.  The primary function of the committee is to learn the definition for awards requirements and then communicate with leadership, gather documentation, organize the documentation and send the completed information in for review.
Featured Nonprofit: Homebound Meals
Rebecca Blevins, Development Coordinator at Homebound Meals, spoke at our February Meeting.  She provided a wealth of information about the resources available at this local nonprofit.

Homebound Meals began as a program to bring meals to those who needed it from Lutheran Hospital in 1971.  It quickly grew, within a month, they were delivring from St. Anne's, Turtle Creek South, Parkview Hospital, and St. Joseph Hospital.  

Homebound Meals, Inc. is a Not for Profit Organization. Clients pay a fee, which covers the cost of their meals. Many of their clients who are unable to pay for their meals receive them at a subsidized price. Drivers volunteer their time and use of their car to deliver the meals to the clients. Some of our drivers have been driving since the inception of the program in 1971. Many volunteer drivers have driven for 10, 20, and even over 35 years. The drivers are dedicated and caring, and are the backbone of the program.

To donate to Homebound Meals, or any nonprofit that is featured at a meeting, please contact Ava or do so through our website by adding to your registration in $5 increments.  Donations are also accepted at our monthly meetings.
Legislative Updates
We recently added a new feature to our website.  Now that the Indiana Legislature is back in session, we added a place where  you can access weekly updates. Click HERE to see what's happening in the state.  

Did you know that NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein testified before Congress about the importance of maintaining stability in the market?  A transcript of her testimony is available here. NAHU also has prepared talking points on the subject.  A video of Janet's testimony is available here. published an interesting article about Congress freshman and who to watch as they grow into their new roles. Indiana's Jim Banks was listed as one to watch!  See the article on their website.  

Politico also had an interesting article about the challenges Trump has faced in his first few weeks in office.  It's available here on our website under Legislative Links.  

Check THIS out - it's a tool to track how often every member of congress votes with or against the president.  It's also available on our website -  

We're working on getting information that is useful to you on our website.  If there's something you're looking for on the website and you can't find it, contact us!   
Capitol Conference Highlights

Upcoming Events
March 8, 2017

March Monthly Meeting
March 20, 2017

April 27, 2017
Hotel Fort Wayne 

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
Committee Highlights: Awards
Legislative Updates
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

Super CE Day 2017
Don't hesitate to get yourself registered for Super CE Day 2017.  Earlybird member rate of $99 only applies through February 28!

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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