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December 2016 Newsetter
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Board of Directors
Mark Your Calendars

Please mark your 2017 calendar for the following dates:

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Brecksville Community Center
Morning Program features
Tom Campanella
Baldwin Wallace College
Topic: TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 22*
Morning Program
Brecksville Community Center
*4th Wednesday

Wednesday, Mar. 22*
NEOHUA Expo & Benefits Forum
Holiday Inn
Full-Day Event

Wednesday, April 19
Morning Program
Brecksville Community Center

Wednesday, May 17
Morning Program
Brecksville Community Center

Wednesday, June 21
Morning Program/Annual Meeting
Board Swearing-In
Brecksville Community Center
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Letter from the President,  
Joanie Keehn

As 2016 comes to a close, I want to wish our members a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. 

I have outlined below what our 2016 NEOHUA Key Accomplishments were:
  1. 29 members giving to the Ohio PAC
  2. 26 members giving to HUPAC
  3. 11 People attended the CAP Conference and spoke to local legislaters
  4. Over 35 exhibitors at our Expo
  5. Over 10 CE credits provided in monthly member meetings
  6. Successful golf outing
  7. Instituted coffee talk program
  8. Donated over $1,400 to the Cleveland Sight Center
I have also outlined what out 2017 NEOHUA Goals are:
  1. 15 People to attend the CAP Conference 
  2. 35 members giving to both Ohio PAC and HUPAC
  3. Engage members in ways that benefit them and the organization
  4. Update Bylaws and Policy & Procedures
  5. Provide quality programming
  6. Bless Haven of Rest in Akron with our support
  7. Continue to be involved with legislators at a local level
  8. Host another successful Expo and golf outing
  9. Create a sponsorship program
  10. Actively promote CareWorksComp: Ohio Workmen's Comp program
January 18, 2017 Program features
Speaker: Tom Campanella, Baldwin Wallace University  
2 CE Applied for

Coffee Talks have been well received and will continue 
after the first of the year

Take advantage of our Coffee Talks
Westside location is Panera in Great Northern Mall
Time is 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Watch for topic details
"Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable -- the art of the next best" (Otto von Bismarck) 
by Dave Cunix

How often we forget these words of wisdom!  We get so caught up in the fight, so positive that we are right and the other side wrong, that we rule out the possibility of success.  We personalize the argument and demonize the other side.  Democrats are godless communists.  Republicans are racists and/or fascists.  And when we don't get 100% of what we wanted, we vilify not only the other side, but even the representatives on our side who have failed to deliver.
Janet Trautwein, the CEO of our organization, spoke at our October meeting.  She conducted a Master Class on Politics.  She helped us to understand that our legislative goals are long term.  We will have successes and failures along the way, but our mission is to work hard to move forward.  She explained that friends can be found in the most surprising of places.  She reminded us that we may have an agenda, but so does everyone else.  Good politics is the merger of many agendas into positive legislation.  And, like Spielberg's Lincoln, she discussed the difference between public and private positions, public and very private negotiations.  Janet unveiled a picture of the real world and our part in making it better.
Many of us will be in Washington this February for the annual Cap Conference, our opportunity to meet with members of the U.S. House and Senate.  Even more of NEOHUA will be in Columbus to meet with members of the Ohio House and Senate.  I had an opportunity to talk with Mary Taylor who is both our Lt. Governor and Insurance Commissioner when we were down in Columbus this past April.  This is how we affect change.
Janet Trautwein came to Cleveland to tell our members that we are all important, that we can all be part of the solution, that we can all participate in politics - the art of the possible.

Legislative Report
Mark Ruzic

Dear Members,
I am attaching two pieces of legislation for your interest. The first piece is on H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act which has been passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This bi-partisan effort includes changes to Medicare open enrollment rules. It also includes changes to allow HRA accounts to be used by small businesses to provide health insurance and to assist with out of pocket expenses. 
The second piece of legislation is an overview of what Congressman Tom Price will be trying to move forward post Obamacare.  I think it will give you a good basic knowledge of where he will try to take us with his new position in the Trump administration. 

NAHU Certification Course

I n an effort to Provide our members quality programing, OAHU is considering offering the NAHU Certification Course, Self-Funding.  Self-funding is one of the most effective ways employers can control the rising costs of healthcare coverage. 

Cost for this course is $225 per person Would you or would you not be interested?

Please take a moment to click the link below to let us know. 

NAHU Membership Council update
December  2016
This is a very short and important member update
We really wanted to stress one important update in this month. Our staff and Board are working very hard to be a part of or have input in the transition team of our new President Elect Trump.  Additionally NAHU just released the following press release below regarding the nomination of Dr. Price and Seema Verma.
Please also relay to your chapters to pay close attention to the Washington updates every Friday for up to the minute news. 
Do you have suggestions regarding our work with the Trump transition team and members of Congress on the future plans to reform the ACA that you would like to share with NAHU? We have created a special email address for questions and comments from members to send your thoughts on these topics. Please send your ideas to
NAHU Applauds New Leaders at HHS and CMS

(Washington, D.C.) - Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), issued the following statement today on President-Elect Donald Trump's recent appointments of Dr. Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Seema Verma as administrator for the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):

"Dr. Price will be an outstanding leader for HHS and we look forward to working with him as the agency works to stabilize a healthcare-funding system that is in crisis. Dr. Price has always actively listened to our ideas to reform the healthcare system and sought our opinion on proposed changes. Based on the tremendous leadership he provided as chairman of the House Budget Committee and member of the House Ways and Means Committee,we are confident that Dr. Price will demonstrate that same ability in his new job as HHS secretary.

"Seema Verma's comprehensive understanding of the American healthcare system and commitment to implementing real consumer-driven healthcare make her an ideal choice to lead CMS at this important time. Ms. Verma was one of the architects of the highly successful Healthy Indiana Plan as well as other state Medicaid reform programs. We look forward to working with Ms. Verma on improving Medicare and Medicaid services through practical healthcare reform."
Capital Conference Leadership : February 12, 2017 (starts at 12:00)
Capital Conference : February 13-15 2017

Education, Networking, Exhibitors and CE Opportunities 
will be found at our 
2017 Benefits Forum
(an expo for the health insurance professional)

     1. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
     2. Holiday Inn Indpendence
     3. 7:30 AM Registration - 4 PM Adjourn  

(If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2017 year's event, please call the NEOHUA office at 440.899-8089 for more information. Or you can email us for exhibitor menu information.) Don't hesitate to sign up. Last year all exhibit space sold out.

2017 Exhibitors who participating include:
Lifetime Benefit Solutions, Inc.
The Dental Care Plus Group
Political action takes on many forms, directions and involvements. One specific action is becoming a member of HUPAC or, as we like to say, "You-PAC." HUPAC is a powerful player for YOU in federal politics. NAHU members have supported HUPAC and our legislative priorities, which is the lifeblood of our association. HUPAC can only raise funds from NAHU members so it's crucial that every NAHU member takes the next step in their membership and contributes to HUPAC. Have you heard enough?  Click here to contribute now.

Presidential politics dominate the airwaves and talk shows across the country. However, Congress will be the body that has the most effect on healthcare and any redesign. So while the most attention is given to the presidential race, whether Trump or Clinton wins, Congress will impact your professional life the most. HUPAC is focused on the legislative branch and the congressional races up for election. 

Time is running out. As we push into the last few weeks of the election cycle, HUPAC needs YOU! It doesn't take a lot to become a HUPAC contributor, as little as $3 a week -- less than the price of a Starbucks latte. If you're convinced,  click here to become a supporter for $12 a month.

As you know, both sides of the political aisle have bills ready to go that will impact you. We need to make sure we have friends on both sides of the aisle who will protect us all. HUPAC is one very important political action committee that supports candidates who support our legislative agenda, and we have a track record of winners being elected to Congress.

YOU are at the frontline of providing consumers the right health insurance choice. YOU understand the depth of health insurance issues. YOU make a difference every day for your clients. Its time YOU join the others to make a difference in the halls of Congress. We all need YOU. HUPAC needs YOU!

So will you join me today in becoming a HUPAC monthly contributor?

Thank you for all you do to help HUPAC!
Eric Kohlsdorf
National HUPAC Chair

NEOHUA OAHUPAC Contributors:
as of November 30, 2016

Capitol Club Contributors
Shelley Chornak 
Michael Coppola 
David L. Cunix 
Darlene Kaczmarek 
Larry Kaczmarek 
Randy Klein 
Dave Petno 
William E. Phillips 
Mark Ruzic 
Frank Spinelli 
Katherine Statz 
Ken Statz 

 PAC Contributors 
Dave Auble 
John Bergan 
Joseph T. Blasko Jr.
Linda Erlenbach 
Michael Farrell 
Sue Forester 
Linda Glynias 
Robert W. Hubbard Jr.  
Joanie Keehn 
Ingrid Martin 
Doris Marzolo 
Sherry Marzolo 
Richard Muccio 
David Randolph 
Charles Rowley 
Jack VanDusey 
Mark Woessner 


Reason:  HUPAC and OAHUPAC supports candidates for federal and state office, regardless of political party, who are accessible to NAHU members and who are willing to consider NAHU's positions and view in the development of public policy pertaining to health care coverage in the public and private sectors.

You can click the following links to support either or both PACs today:  

OAHU Members,

Are you interested in sending a reminder to your customers about the 201
7 OAHU/CareWorksComp Workers' Compensation Group Rating program? More than 4,587 businesses participate in the OAHU group rating program, collectively they receive $16+ Million in workers' compensation premium savings, average annual savings for OAHU participants is $3,686.  While helping your customers save money you can earn 31.25% the first year and renewal commissions (paid on the service fee charged to the client) when your group clients enroll in CareWorksComp Worker's Compensation Group Plan. 

The group rating deadlines are fast approaching and we want to make sure that your customers who would like a free quote, can receive one in time to enroll in the 2016 program. CareWorksComp must receive an AC3 (Temporary Authorization) by November 8 th  to allow enough time to receive data from the BWC to determine group rating eligibility for your customers for the 201 7 rate year. If you need an electronic copy of your customized AC3, please contact our program manager, Beverly Westover, at CareWorksComp. I have included her contact information below. I would also like to remind you that the group rating enrollment deadlines are November 16 (traditional group rating) and January 25 (group retrospective rating). Many of your customers can receive a savings of $1,000 or greater by participating in the OAHU/CareWorksComp group rating program  

Click here for a word document that you can customize to send to your customers: .

Click here for a co-branded marketing piece you can use :

Beverly Westover; Program Manager, CareWorksComp
PH: 800.837.3200 Ext. 57169   Direct: 614.526.7169   Cell: 614.561.3665    

Thank you,

OAHU Administration