John Nalepka and Kim Greene, principals in Name Benefits, Inc. attended the National Association of Health Underwriters' 23rd annual Capitol Conference on Feb. 26-27 in Washington, D.C.
The theme of the meeting was “Real People. Real Businesses.Real Solutions.” Over 900 health insurance professionals from across the country did just that by promoting resolutions for healthcare issues with congressional leaders.
During the conference, Nalepka and Greene had the opportunity to learn more about healthcare reform and its impact on healthcare consumers, as well as to communicate the value of the agent to Congress. They both visited with Congressman Leonard Lance, NJ –7th Dist. Both Nalepka and Greene have been NAHU members for five years and also currently serve as the president and president-elect for the Central Jersey Health Underwriters Assoc. during this Capitol Conference.
As officers of the CJAHU, the chapter received the PACESETTER AWARD last year from National Association of Health Underwriters, and was one of four chapters out of 200 NAHU chapters across the country to be given this prestigious award.
Capitol Conference’s guest speakers included key congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle charged with implementing the healthcare reform law. Other presentations addressed significant market reforms brought about by healthcare reform, the scope and structure of state-based exchanges, and how businesses need to adapt to the new market reality.
“It is important that we focus on moving forward with implementation of what is already regulated and working to improve what we can change,” said NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein. “We are educating agents so they know what to expect and how to best prepare and assist their clients. We are also working with policymakers to ensure that agents are included in insurance exchanges, address concerns with community ratings and other market reforms, and increase understanding of the importance of maintaining employer-sponsored health insurance plans.”
“The quality broker’s importance will not be underscored with PPACA based on the complexities faced by the group employers and individual consumers. These changes include new mandate that are driven by surcharges and premium taxes and this concern us as the premise was affordability. This must be review and addressed for businesses to maintain its competitive position.” Mr. Nalepka advises.
The National Association of Health Underwriters represents 100,000 professional health insurance agents and brokers who provide insurance for millions of Americans.