A new year and a new blank canvas prompts us to think about our goals and vision for 2020. It is no different for the Board of NCAHU. We have chosen the subject, selected the paints and picked up the brushes. I can say that the 2020 finished work of art will be an appealing one.
For many years now, the NCAHU Board has worked to transform our association just as quickly as the transformation of the health insurance industry. At the beginning of 2020, we find ourselves in a strong financial position and allied with a fellow insurance association, the IIANC, for administrative support. NCAHU is poised for investment in initiatives that will bring a growing value to its members. We are working hard to create “The All New NCAHU”.
Two of our main initiatives will be the continued NC legislative advocacy and increased Professional Development opportunities. This coming year we hope to build on the success of this past years legislative advocacy: Creation of General Assembly Action Committee (GAAC), hiring NCAHU Lobbyist Joe Stewart, NC Capitol Conference, legislators breakfast, Hill visits, NCPAC Reception with Dale Folwell (NC Treasurer), coalition partnership on Senate Bill 86 (AHP Bill) and many more legislative impacts.
Looking ahead, we already have a few things planned for next year and short session of the General Assembly. Some of the agenda items are meetings with potential coalition partners, in-district meetings with legislators (due to short session), bills that passed the cross over requirements, and focus on potentially sparking legislative initiatives as well as supporting the GAAC tenets. We are already working on expanding our reach and relationship with the media.. This past year the term “Hughes in the news” was coined in response to the number of inquiries we received for background and subject matter expert comments from the press on health insurance policy and legislation. Hughes Warren, GAAC Chair, served the association well in responding to all the inquires and getting great media exposure for the association. We hope to keep Hughes, and Vice Chair Michelle Reynolds, busy this year.
With the pending election year, be sure to contribute the NCPAC! We have never been in a better position to make your NCPAC dollars have a better impact, especially given the brand recognition we have established with our legislators.
NCAHU member tend to be amongst the most informed and education member of our profession and we want to keep it that way. This year we have plans to expand both CE opportunities and professional development opportunities. For Symposium, we will be joining our industry partner, IIANC, in a combined IIANC Business Expo and NCAHU Symposium. This will allow us to offer you both professional development programing and CE Credits that sometimes are not combinable. Additionally, there are plans to offer more independent CE classes and NAHU Certification Programs. We are also in the early stages of planning a Medicare Summit that would focus on the specialties of the senior market. 2020 will definitely be a year of new offerings/opportunities? while keeping both price and strategic programing in mind. Stay tuned for more information.
Furthermore, I am proud to announce that we have created a sponsorship program, the Champions Circle. It is centered around sponsorship of all of the NCAHU initiatives, legislative, professional development, and member and non-member outreach. A champion, as defined by Webster, is one who shows marked superiority, an advocate or defender, and one who does battle for another’s rights or honor. NCAHU is looking for sponsorship partners who exemplify these same attributes! We are looking for those who will stand with us in superiority of product, specialty or knowledge and advocate for the health insurance industry that defines our careers and protects our clients. If that is you, please let a board member, Allyson Knott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me know of your interest.
As you set your goals for this new year, be sure to add NCAHU to them. If you are a less active member, be sure to put a professional development event or local meeting on your calendar. If you are a more active member, come pick up a brush and put some paint on the collective canvas that will portray 2020. There are lots of exciting opportunities and we need you to be part of it. I challenge you to explore the value and reap the benefits that NCAHU has to offer. If you find yourself saying you don’t see the value in NCAHU, then you haven’t seen “The All New NCAHU”.
Thank you for your membership,
I’ll close by asking you this:
Have you/your clients benefited from level-funded plans lowering eligible lives to 20? NCAHU was at the heart of that legislation, (Senate Bill 86). So, if nothing else, we hope that NCAHU has shown you value through their involvement in SB86.