Central California AHU President's Message
I want to personally thank everyone for allowing me to serve as your CCAHU President for the 2013-14 year. This is the year when everything seems to be on the line. It's been said many times by past Presidents that theirs was the most challenging year, but I think everyone will agree that nothing compares to what we as an industry will be facing in the coming year. Working for ASI I see the pressure being added to brokers; trying to stay on top of everything from health care reform, bills in Sacramento, PPACA, tax credits, tax penalties, definition of a full time employee, wellness programs, California Exchange, look back periods, disclosures, FPL, Navigators, narrower networks, 19 premium-ratings, and on and on and on. UGH!!! Does it end? As you can read there is so much on a broker's plate that things will get dropped. Brokers do not want to drop items off of their plates. Brokers can't, they are considered the experts in the field. This is why I'm declaring this year's theme to be "Getting People Savvy" (GPS). We all need a navigational system (GPS) to help us be the best we can be! Yeah, you know the answers already; that would be you my friend. Remember when we first heard that brokers might not be needed when health care reform was rolled out? Boy we can laugh at that statement now!! Let's pause and laugh together for a moment; hahahaha. Health care reform could not be health care reform without brokers like you. I'm so proud of the brokers in the Central Valley; you have what it takes to get the message delivered. My commitment this term is to help every member navigate their own path through the tangled maze of health care reform. We have people in CCAHU that come from every different level and corner in our industry, each of us with different experiences and goals yet we all share one common desire: to know all we can about health care reform. Your CCAHU 2013-14 Board is dedicated to bringing you all the information we can, from great speakers and educational events to networking opportunities. My other commitment is to get everyone caught up with the good, bad, and ugly of Sacramento. Many bills are trying to be passed as laws, some good and some bad. It's important you are advised of each bill that impacts you and your clients. You can expect monthly updates on the status of these bills at our luncheons so you know how to proceed with your clients. Did you know that SB 189 was set to pass? If SB 189 had passed, it would have probably eliminated the wellness program you helped put together for your client. Thank you CAHU for your leadership in defeating that bill. Want to know more? Call me, I like to talk shop. In closing, it's important that our members remember this is YOUR organization. Your values and input count. Some I can accommodate and some I can't. Either way I would like to hear from you. Call me on my cell at 559-905-4188 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm here to help in any way I can. Also if all of this seems overwhelming, remember that you're not alone. Attending CCAHU meetings and asking questions, we will get through all of this. Right now it is overwhelming for everyone. This past year we had a great time with the Crab Feed, BBQ and the golf tournament. We will be repeating those AMAZING EVENTS in the coming year. We will also be putting together a very informative Health Care Summit this year so that you and your staff can come and listen to a variety of experts. This will be a great opportunity to fine tune your skills on health care reform. On behalf of YOUR board for 2013-14 it is going to be our pleasure to serve you.