NEIAHU Newsletter
March Newsletter March 2016
President's Message

As I reflect on our recent "State Day on the Hill" and NAHU Capitol Conference, it makes me pause.  Sometimes, it may seem daunting to try to get involved, make a difference, confront the wrongs affecting our clients and industry.  And just when you think you've had enough, you get that phone call or letter from a client sharing how much you, your company, and vendor partners made a real difference in their lives.

It's easy to think that you can't change the system because the problem, issue, law, government is too big - Well that may be true as a single voice, but when you surround yourself with the strength of fellow NAHU members and NAHU staff, the collective efforts of individual s become one LOUD UNIFIED VOICE.    
This year's visit to Washington D.C. provided time to celebrate, to learn something new, to embrace opportunities for change, and even a sense of optimism which may have been missing in recent years.  The State of Indiana sent a delegation of 21 members, 4 members representing NEIAHU.

The general sessions were very informative, breakout sessions challenging, region meeting exciting, Leadership training inspiring, and the meetings on the Hill - exhilarating.

There is so much that our NAHU team does for our industry.  Every day, these folks work hard on our behalf so our stories, concerns, frustrations, and client struggles can be heard.  This conference also provided a great opportunity to get the pulse of lawmakers, the election cycle, the challenges, and the possibilities that will continue to face our industry.

Our Collective Message during our Capitol visits with legislators focus on three areas:  
1) Access to Licensed Benefit Professionals, 
2) Choice of Health Plans, and 
3) Changes to Increase Affordability.  

Our association looks forward to the potential opportunities of working toward healthcare stability.  To make the healthcare insurance market more efficient and more responsive to American employers and individual health consumers, NAHU believes some changes need to be made to ensure access, choice, and affordability.  If you want more information on each of NAHU's key priorities, you can find them HERE.  

Even if you don't make it to Capitol Conference or State Day on the Hill but believe in our association's efforts in protecting you, your clients, and our industry, then please consider supporting our Health Underwriters Political Action Committee both for the State (ISAHU PAC) and Federal (HUPAC).  Help our Voice continue to be heard loud and clear.  If you already contribute to the PAC, Thank You.  For those who have been waiting to show your support, If not Now - When?  Please visit or Contact Denny Wright at
Our legislative committee has invited the candidates running for the 3rd District seat in the House of Representatives to join us April 18th   for a Meet the Candidate Forum.  This will be open to the public.  Keep an eye for details.   
If you have never had the opportunity to meet our NAHU Leadership, I strongly encourage you to attend the Greater Northern Indiana AHU chapter meeting, April 22, 2016.  NAHU Leadership Town Hall - keynote speaker is our very own Janet Trautwein, CEO, NAHU, NAHU Incoming Pres. Elect, Mike Embry, Incoming Region 3 V Pres. Denise Van Putten, and ISAHU State President, David Berman,& local chapter President, Don Griffey.  The program will be moderated by Pat Griffey, candidate for NAHU Treasurer.  This is a great opportunity to meet these folks and to learn more about NAHU.  Visit for details.

Our Chapter board and committees continue to work hard on your behalf.  Highlights of board and committee activities can be found in the ISAHU March newsletter.  I hope you take a moment to check it out and thank those volunteers who are trying to make this chapter the best it can be.       

Respectfully Submitted,
Kathy Goffer
NEIAHU President, 2015-2016

March Meeting Reminder
March Monthly Meeting
March 21, 2016
ACA and Tax Implications 

Della Kirkman, CPA and owner of Kirkman CPA Group 

1 hour CE
Meeting Sponsor:   Combined Worksite Solutions

Featured Nonprofit:  Erin's House

Registration/Networking:  11:30am
Buffet Lunch:  11:45am
Welcome and Announcements:  12:00pm

Cost:  $15 members
          $35 nonmembers

***Effective January 2016, 
NEIAHU will send invoices to no shows.***

Hotel Fort Wayne
305 E. Washington Center Road
Fort Wayne, IN  46825

Meetings are held in the Auburn/Cord rooms - enter through the main lobby.  

NAHU Promotional Video
As a member, you are likely aware of the benefits afforded to you through association with the National Association of Health Underwriters.  NAHU has produced a video that showcases the benefits of membership - click on the video below to  view it.  Be sure to share it with your colleagues!
NAHU 2016 Promo
NAHU 2016 Promo

NAHU Education Foundation
The NAHU Education Foundation provides a wealth of resources for brokers and advisors to use with their clients.  Make sure and check out the toolkit available to you today, and share it with others that you think could use it!  

Community Harvest Food Bank
Five NEIAHU Members spent the better part of their morning on March 16, 2016 volunteering at Community Harvest Food Bank.  Pictured here are Rita Musser, Crystal Michel, Marjorie Walters, Amber Frey, and our new friend, Donna (not pictured, Cindy Trahin).  We filled bags for Community Harvest's Seniorpak program.  Community Harvest will never turn down a volunteer!  For more information about their remarkable work, or to get involved yourself, visit their website
Benefits Account Manager Certification Course
NAHU has made available a Benefits Manager Certification Course at a discounted rate for members.  The role of the Benefit Manager has evolved immensely in the face of healthcare reform - this course will better equip students for this role.    

Invite a Friend!
Please feel free to invite your co-workers and friends in the industry - or related industries - to join us for our monthly meetings and special events.  Good food, great networking time, continuing education on current topics!!    

Just be sure to get your reservations in NOW so the Hospitality Committee has the numbers ready for the venue for seating and meal arrangements!

Best Wishes
NEIAHU is still sending prayers and get well wishes to Angela Pippen.  We've received word that she is doing phenomenal.  Angela would love to hear from you!   

To send a card or letter:

Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-1465

To call:  

404-929-9620  (It is a shared line, so you'll have to ask for her.)

Annual 2015 NAHU Review
Attendees of the 2015 Capitol Conference received a hard copy of NAHU's 2015 highlights - don't miss the action.  Click HERE to view the PDF version.

In This Issue
President's Message
NAHU Promo Video
Community Harvest Food Bank
Invite Someone New
2015 In Review
2015 - 2016
Kathy Goffer
Vice President
Past President
Cindy Trahin

Julie Eley

Awards Chair
Sabine Barrett

Communications Chair
Amber Frey

Denny Wright

Hospitality Chair
Jessica Clayton

Legislative Chair
Denny Wright

Media Relations
Kathy Goffer
Membership Chair
Justin Finton

Retention Chair
Linda Parish
Professional Dev. Chair
Cindy Trahin

Public Service Chair
Crystal Michel
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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