LAAHU // Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters
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Calendar & Education:

LAAHU's first "legislative update" phone call on 
Date: August 10, 2016
Time: 8:30 am 
To call-in:
Conference Call Number: 
Pin: 424206135

Small Group Panel
Options for the 51-100 Market
Sportsmen's Lodge 
Date: August 18, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
The panel will include representatives from carriers, a broker friendly PEO, and self funding solutions.  We will address the most pertinent questions being asked by agents today to help lower the impact of moving from composite to age-banded rating for your clients.


NAHU Certification Account Manager Training
Instructor:  Susan Rider 
Be prepared for 4th Quarter 2016!
Date: August 24, 2016
Time: 12 pm - 5 pm
Lunch will be provided
COMPLETE Account Manager training with (9) CE Equivalents
Valuable for new to the industry agents as well!  Location: Providence Tarzana Medical Center 


NAHU Certification PPACA
Instructor;  Jessica Waltman
 Add the PPACA Certified to your email signature!  Discount for those of you with the CHRS designation!  No additional charge for updates!
Date: August 24, 2016
Time: 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.
Continental breakfast will be provided.


LAAHU's Vanguard Council Networking Event 
Featuring:  Assemblyman Anthony Portantino - currently running for State Senate.
Date: September 6, 2016
Los Angeles Athletic Club
Time:  6:30-9:30
Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres

CAHU Healthcare Summit
Universal Studios Sheraton
September 13 & 14 2016

LAAHU GOLF Tournament
Braemar Country Club
September 19, 2016

The New Era of Long Term Planning -  LAAHU
Co-Sponsored   with Barry Fisher
Keynote Presenter - Harley Gordon, Founder of the CLTC Designation Program
September 22, 2016


LAAHU/VCAHU 2nd Annual Medicare Summit
Friday, October 7, 2016
Woodland Hills Country Club
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
LAAHU Annual Sponsors









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August 2016
Your New LAAHU Board
A new fiscal year is upon us. What does that mean? It's time for something exciting! Every year the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters has a new group of dedicated individuals that volunteer their time for YOU!

That's right, for you, the insurance broker. These individuals are in the health insurance industry and we all know how hectic our industry can be. Besides doing their regular job, they have chosen to serve you!

So here they are, your 2016-2017 LAAHU Board of Directors.

Dawn McFarland

Immediate Past President
Alan Katz
Bobbi Hamilton Kaelin

Joan Bumgarner

Ross W. Pendergraft

Membership Chair
Cindy Jones

Professional Development Chair
Neil A. Booth

Awards Chair
Gus Altuzarra

Legislative Chair
Elizabeth Underhill

PAC Chair
Naama O. Pozniak, CHRS, CIA

Community Outreach
Kerry Wright

Communications Chair
Juliet Lucero

Media Relations
Dierdre Kennedy-Simington

R ecruiting & Mentoring
Sima Reid

Vanguard Chair
Nathan Lacroix

Member At Large
Mr. Donald Weiss

Member At Large
Barry A Sikov

Member At Large
David Benson

Member At Large
May Jung

Member At Large
David W. Style

Member At Large
Randall S. Donsky

You may contact any of the board members at any time. Their email addresses are listed on the LAAHU website under  Board of Directors. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to any one of us!

There you have it, your 2016-2017 LAAHU Board of Directors! If you would like to get involved on a committee, speak up! At the next member meeting, introduce yourself to the board members and congratulate them on volunteering and making a difference for brokers!
CAHU Health Care Summit

It's that time of year again! The CAHU Health Care Summit is happening September 13th and 14th at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City, CA. Be sure to register right away and book your hotel.

At the summit you will earn CE credits and learn ways to grow and evolve your business in this new healthcare landscape. Make sure you don't miss the Vanguard Casino Night!

CAHU Healthcare Summit
Universal Studios Sheraton
September 13 & 14 2016

California health exchange to see double-digit rate hike in 2017
Health insurance plan rates will rise an average of 13.2% next year in California's health insurance exchange, more than triple the increases of prior years, state officials announced.

That 13.2% hike in the exchange, known as Covered California, compares with a 4% increase this year and a 4.2% increase in 2015, the state said Tuesday in a news release.

Covered California executives attributed the big rate hike to several factors including rising health care costs, especially for specialty drugs, and pent-up demand for services by enrollees who were uninsured prior to the enactment of the 2010 health care reform law.

Enrollees who switch plans, however, may see much lower premium increases, exchange executives say.

"Shopping is going to be more important this year than ever before," Covered California's Sacramento-based executive director, Peter V. Lee, said in the statement.

"Almost 80% of our consumers will either be able to pay less than they are paying now, or see their rates go up by no more than 5%, if they shop and buy the lowest-cost plan at their same benefit level. That's the power of shopping," he said.

For many of those insured through Covered California, a big chunk of the premium increase will be absorbed by the subsidy paid by the federal government to help lower-income enrollees buy health insurance. About 90% of Covered California enrollees are eligible for the premium subsidies - authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - to help to pay for their premiums. The average subsidy covers roughly 77% of enrollees' monthly premium.

With 1.41 million enrollees, California has the largest state-run health insurance exchange and the second largest ACA public exchange, trailing only Florida, whose exchange, run by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, has 1.53 million enrollees.

Source: Business Insurance
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August Member  Meeting Lunch 
August 18, 2016 -  Topic: Changes 
in  the 51-100 Market

Date: August 18, 2016
Location: Sportsmen's Lodge
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30  pm
Agenda: Registration 11:00 am -11:30 am
- Lunch 11:30 am -12:00 noon
- Announcements 12:00-12:15
- Open Forum for members 12:15-12:25
- Small Group panel 12:30-1:30

The panel will include representatives from carriers, a broker friendly PEO, and self funding solutions.  We will address the most pertinent questions being asked by agents today to help lower the impact of moving from composite to age-banded rating for your clients.

Click here to register!