New NEIAHU Logo        




                 "Protecting the Consumer's Future"          

February 2016
NEIAHU Newsletter
In This Issue


Our Sponsors

Your company can become an

NEIAHU Corporate Sponsor.  Your company logo will be featured in this area each month and you will automatically be included as a sponsor in all major NEIAHU events.


Single event sponsorships are also available.


Clink on the link below to obtain the 2015 NEIAHU Corporate Sponsor Brochure and to see what the benefits are for each level!


NEIAHU Corporate Sponsor Program 


Contact any NEIAHU Board Member if you have questions!



2015 - 2016

Kathy Goffer
Vice President

Past President
Cindy Trahin

Julie Eley


Awards Chair
Sabine Barrett

Communications Chair
Amber Frey

Professional Dev. Chair
Cindy Trahin

Denny Wright

Legislative Chair
Denny Wright

Media Relations

Membership Chair
Justin Finton

Retention Chair
Linda Parish

Public Service Chair
Crystal Michel

Hospitality Chair
Jessica Clayton

Bill Hartman

NEIAHU has met the NAHU criteria to be designated as a Gold level Chapter for 2015 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. 


NEIAHU Records for Review

Note: Monthly Financial Reports are available for review. Please contact the Association Treasurer to request copies of these reports.  
 Click here: 
NEIAHU By-Laws, Annual Summary of Activities, Strategic Plan and Policies & Procedures are available for review. Please contact the Association Secretary to request copies or click below:  

    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!
Webinar - Navigating Commissions, Ethics, and Antitrust Laws 

Please join NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein for a town hall webinar on February 16 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss how antitrust laws apply to state and local chapters of NAHU as well as NAHU at the national level, what actions are permissible at the state level, and what we are doing nationally to address these issues. 

Space is limited to the first 1,000 participants.  Click HERE to register - if you can't make it or the session fills, it will be recorded and slides will be available.  

Mark  your calendar f or  the  following upcoming events!

February 2016 Member Meeting
Monday, February 15, 2016

Speaker:  Cindy Trahin
2016 Medicare Updates

NEW FEATURE!!  You asked for it, and now, it's a reality!   REGISTER and PAY ONLINE for our February member meeting!  If you prefer to pay via check or cash, please RSVP to the meeting HERE.  

***PLEASE NOTE: As of January 2016, we will be invoicing 'no shows' for our monthly membership meetings.***  

2016 ISAHU Medicare Summit
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Wellington Fishers Banquet & Conference Center
9775 N by NE Blvd.
(96th and I69)
Fishers, IN  46037

Super CE Day
Thursday, April 2 8, 2016

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

Interested in being a sponsor at Super CE day?  Download the sponsorship packet HERE for more information. 
2015 Tax Deductions

As our members work on their 2015 tax returns, the question comes up: "What portion of my NAHU dues can I deduct as a normal business expense?"  Per IRS regulations, the following percentages of 2015 dues vs. 2015 lobbying expenses for three NAHU membership levels determine the allowable deductible amounts.

NAHU Levels Allocation of Dues % Paid in Lobbyist Fees Disallowed Amount Allowable Business Expense for 2015
Local Chapter Dues $45.00 0% $0 $45.00
ISAHU Dues $90.00 50% $45.00 $45.00
NAHU Dues $270.00 25% $67.50 $202.50
Totals $405.00
$112.50 $292.50

February President's Message

The Political Races are in full swing - with the primaries in May and presidential election in November. 

So what does that mean for you?

Regardless of your political views or stand on the issues, it is your job to speak up and ensure your voice and those of your clients are heard.

This Association is one of the leading Health Insurance professional organizations.  We are fighting every day to protect our industry, secure your future and the ability for your clients to obtain affordable, appropriate coverage. 

Now is the time to take Action, because if not Now - When?

There are 3 opportunities for you to stand with your fellow insurance professionals and make a difference:

1)       The "State Day on the Hill" is scheduled for February 16th.  We will be teaming up with our NAIFA partners to visit with our legislators in Indianapolis.  One bill of particular interest is the Telemedicine Bill.  Click  here   to view the IN "State Day on the Hill" flier.

2)       Capitol Conference - Washington D.C.  Making this trip, affords you the opportunity to bring your voice to Washington.  You can share your thoughts, concerns, & those of your clients.  It's a powerful testament to your commitment to your profession and to your customers.

3)       Brokers Making a Difference - Can't attend this year, you can still help the cause by asking your clients to share their stories....  Successful renewals because of your team's efforts, struggles they were able to overcome because of your expertise, your guidance through the maze of options and your knowledge of industry trends and changes to help address their concerns about coverage and affordability in the future.  Click  here to share your stories on the website.  

4)       NEIAHU Chapter Hosting a Legislative Meeting - Our Legislative Committee is working on providing an opportunity for us to hear from the candidates running to replace Marlin Stutzman's spot in the House of Representatives.   This will be a great opportunity for us to learn about the candidates and to show case our chapter.    (SAVE the DATE:  April 18th general membership meeting BACK ON - stay tuned for details.)

Your Chapter Board and Committee members' are hard at work to make the 2016 year memorable.  But I want to a moment to recognize them for their efforts and commitment to our chapter and you, our members, this past year.  Click here to review our 2015 Chapter Summary and Accomplishments.

Unfortunately, we have had some changes to our board.  Matt Hatfield, Vice President / President Elect has resigned and will not be able to serve his term beginning July 2016, and we say good bye to Nick Shipe, Media Relations, who has moved his family to Lansing Michigan. 

To prepare for next year, the board will be holding a Midyear Strategic Planning Session.  We will review committee goals, prioritize our "To Do" list, and begin the discussion about slating for next year's board.  All members are welcomed to join in this planning session.  Anyone wanting to learn more about a board position, and those considering stepping up to a leadership or committee chair position, please contact me or any of the board members.  We need You, Now- please help!  (Details on the Midyear Strategic Planning Session will be coming next month - keep an eye out)

For those who responded to the 10 question Member Needs Survey - THANK YOU!!  Your feedback helps guide our efforts into 2016. 

Mark your Calendars for 1st quarter line up: 
February 15th - General Membership Meeting - "NAHU/ NEIAHU Website- How to Use, Where to Find?" by Amber Frey and "Medicare Updates" by Cindy Trahin 1 hour CE

February 16th - IN State Day on the Hill - Indianapolis.   Bus Trip through NAIFA

February 21-24 - NAHU Capitol Conference - Washington, D.C.    Leadership Training

March 21st - CPA presenting a course on "Individual Tax Implications from ACA" - 1 hour CE

March - Public Service Project - our chapter will be volunteering at Community Harvest Food Bank to show our support to this deserving community partner.  (Watch for date and time)

Check out the new way to register and pay for our meetings - It's fast and easy!  Amber will fill you in at this month's meeting. 

There are a lot of great things happening in our chapter and the momentum is only picking up.  I hope you can see the positive results of our efforts and will join us in the fun!  Your involvement & continued support are important to me, so please feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions.

Have a great February - For the 4 members heading to Washington, D.C., represent us well.  We can't wait to hear all about it.    

Kind Regards,
NEIAHU President 2015-2016 

NAIFA Day on the Hill - there's still time!!

NAIFA's annual State Day on the Hill is scheduled for February 16, 2016 - TIME IS RUNNING OUT!  This is a joint event between NEIAHU and the local NAIFA Chapter.  
Cost is only $30/person!    

Click HERE to access the registration flyer and reserve your spot!  There is a limited amount of space, so reserve your spot today!

It is certainly an active time, politically speaking, for our country.  Registration is open now for the NAHU Capitol Conference- add your voice to the rest of the NAHU members in DC!   Click here for more information.  
National Association of Health Underwriters       1212 New York Ave NW, Ste 1100, Washington, DC 20005
Ph. 202.552.5060       Fax 202.747.6820

Legislative Updates
Legislation, protecting your customers, and learning more about the legislative process may be a reason that you joined NEIAHU.  If legislation is your area of expertise, or if you'd just like to learn more about what is happening with legislation that affects our industry, the following links will provide you with more information.  

Welcome Newest Members!

Dawn Fair, Collaborative Solutions
Shelly Hansen, Hylant