NEIAHU Newsletter

Oct. 2016
President's Message
Northeast Indiana AHU chapter continues to rock!  Last month we held our annual golf outing raising funds for the Chapter's Public Service endeavors.  Jeff Fabini and Dotty Wiggin along with their team, Ava Lillmars, Tami Meeks, Bill Hartman, Justin Finton, Dianne Schaffner, and Ruste Pontenberg, put together a fabulous event.  The weather was ideal and the energy and excitement was definitely in the air.  This team pulled together and delivered an impressive victory!  We were able to raise over $1100 for Erin's House.  The committee is already planning next year's event. So, mark your calendars for September 15, 2017. 

Congrats to Edward Judkins, Media Relations chair, for continuing to get "HITs" on our chapter's Press Releases: showcasing our September meeting with our charity gift giving and special guest speakers David Berman, ISAHU immediate past president and the Honorable James Banks.

Our Chapter had four board members attend this year's ISAHU Symposium.  The second day which focused on leadership, was especially pertinent.  Regardless of your position in your company, professional association or chapter, we are all called to be leaders.

Nancy Blake, HUPAC Chair, participated in the Region 3 telethon campaign.  She continues to reach out to past contributors and new members alike asking for their support for our legislative initiatives.  Nancy's goal is to help our members understand how their contributions help our industry and clients by educating our legislators. If you haven't made your contribution, yet, please consider doing so.  You can contact Nancy or visit the with your support.   

October is a crazy busy month for us; not only as a chapter but professionally, too.  This month we held the LIVE NAHU Webinar, host a legislative meeting, and gathered for our monthly membership meeting October 17th, with Mark Rogers from Delta Dental. 

No meeting in November, but please save the date for December 20th for a chapter celebration dinner.   

I wish all of you the best 4th quarter, yet!!  Go AHU Members!!!

Kathy Goffer

The Rescue Mission
Laurie Brumbaugh, the Director of Development at The Rescue Mission, spoke at our October Meeting.  The Rescue Mission, founded in 1903, is a faith-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, providing restorative care to men, women and children experiencing a homeless crisis. Our organization serves Fort Wayne, Allen County and its nine surrounding counties. The Mission is comprised of four ministries, or houses, that function as communities of compassion. For more information about this important resource, check out their website.

Health Insurance Marketplace Agent/Broker Direct Line is Now Open
This week, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) announced that for this open enrollment period, the individual marketplace call center will be streamlining access for agents and brokers with an enhanced Agent/Broker Direct Line. 

The new direct line for agents and brokers is a progression from the additional support for agents and brokers that began last fall, and we will continue to work with CCIIO for future enhancements to the direct line.
  • Call (855) 788-6275
  • Enter your National Producer Number (NPN) when prompted to enter your ID#
    • Only registered agents/brokers with the Marketplace will be able to access this enhanced service
    • Valid NPNs will be updated weekly (typically on Fridays)
  • When a valid NPN is entered, agents/brokers will be presented with three options:
    • Password resets
    • Special enrollment periods
    • Other issues
  • Agents/brokers entering invalid NPNs will be transferred to the main Marketplace call center
Webinar on Final Wellness Regulations
Danielle Capilla, chief compliance officer at United Benefit Advisors, presented a NAHU member-exclusive Compliance Corner webinar titled "Digesting the Final Wellness Regulations and Making them Work for Employers." This webinar covered final regulations released in May by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and their impact on employer-sponsored wellness programs, as well as how they differ from the longstanding HIPAA rules relating to wellness programs. 

Additionally, Danielle discussed the heightened scrutiny over wellness programs that involve biomedical screenings or health risk assessments and how wellness programs impact an applicable large employer's affordability and minimum value calculations for play or pay purposes. Agents and brokers recommending wellness programs need to understand how these rules impact wellness program structure and recommendations. You can watch the webinar  here . (You will need to log into your NAHU account to access the information.)
HUPAC Updates
HUPAC keeps a detailed list of key issues they are monitoring on a federal level.  To see the status of that list, please click HERE to be directed to the NAHU Federal Action Center.  Did you miss an Operation SHOUT?  You can respond to them (if you haven't already) from the Federal Action Center as well. 

Our HUPAC team is just finishing a telethon to drum up financial support - if you'd like to contribute, you can contact our local HUPAC team, Nancy Blake or Denny Wright.
Region 3 Membership Contest
The Region 3 Membership Contest is nearing it's final moments!  Time to get your prospects to sign on the dotted line.  As a refresher, below are the details.

1.  Anyone joining by bank draft between September 1 and November 30 will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift card.  There are 14 potential winners in this category!

2.  Anyone renewing and changing from annual renewal to bank draft in that same time frame will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift card.  There are 14 potential winners in this category as well.  

That's a total of twenty-eight $250 gift cards being given away!  In addition to this, all 28 winners will be placed in another drawing to win a $500 gift card.  

Drawing will take place early in December.  

For more information, contact Justin Finton.  
Upcoming Events


December FREE Post-Election Webinar, hosted by Janet Trautwein.  Reserve your spot HERE.  

Holiday Social/Awards Program
December 20, 2016 6:00pm
Hotel Fort Wayne
More details to come!!

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
Health Insurance Marketplace Direct Line
Wellness Regulations
Membership Contest
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


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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