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President's Message
LAAHU Holiday Party
Heard On the Net
Vanguard Council Recap
Thoughts and Prayers
Webcast Huge Success!
Tech Summit
University Day 2016
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President's Message

Hello, If you're reading this, congratulations: you're still above water in spite of the Open Enrollment Convergence of 2015. That's a true accomplishment. While you're taking care of your clients, your LAAHU Board of Directors is taking care of your association. As we you're no doubt pressed for time, I'll make this quick:
Upcoming Events:
If LAAHU isn't helping you grow your business or become a better health insurance professional we're doing something wrong. A lot of what we do (helping CAHU and NAHU try to pass-or help prevent-legislation is pretty straightforward. For example, CAHU co-sponsored legislation to protect insurance brokers from last-minute changes to their contracts with health plans, AB 1163, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown early last month.
LAAHU is also fulfilling our mission with an outstanding schedule of events this year. In late-August we sponsored, along with the Ventura County Association of Health Underwriters, our first Medicare Summit.
In October the member breakfast meeting featured three agents (David Benson, Stephanie Berger, and Barry Sikov) conquering today's difficult individual health insurance marketplace sharing their secrets of success. Sponsored by Oscar Health, a new plan offering individual insurance, attendees left with notebooks full of great ideas.
LAAHU recently offered a webcast, sponsored by Dickerson Employee Benefits, featuring three brokers sharing their techniques, tools and ideas for growing your small group business. This panel discussion wa free to members of Health Underwriters and only $20 for non-members. Best of all you can access it via computer from your no-doubt messy desk while sorting through proposals and applications. Also later in November, LAAHU's Vanguard Council is joining with other groups for a LA Young & Emerging Professionals Mixer at The Parlor in West Hollywood.  This is a great opportunity for our members to network with their peers in the accounting, legal and financial planning communities.
In December we'll be hosting a member appreciation holiday reception to benefit charities (and provide you with a happy hour in which to escape the stress of the fourth quarter) and in January you'll want to attend the first LAAHU Tech Summit: an opportunity to spend quality time with vendors offering business-critical hardware and software.
And there's more coming. Every program we put on (OK, maybe not the member appreciation party) has to meet one criteria: will attending this meeting help our members grow their business or be better professionals. As those of you who have attended previous events will attest, we're exceeding that threshold.
Details on some of these events are elsewhere in this newsletter. And please keep an eye out for emails with more details on all upcoming events.
Your LAAHU board is not only helping to strengthen your local Health Underwriters chapter, they're making important contributions at the state and national level as well. No wonder then that at September's CAHU Health Care Summit held in Universal City LAAHU's Immediate Past President Diedre  Kennedy-Simington was named CAHU Member of the Year and our Community Outreach & Public Service Chair, Kerry Wright, received the prestigious Lloyd Baum-Bill Robinson Award for his contribution to the association's legislative activities. This comes on the heels of former Past President and current Legislative Chair David Benson receiving the NAHU Distinguished Service award at the NAHU National Convention in July.
As someone new to the board it's been inspiring to see how all of the volunteers who have stepped forward this year to build LAAHU. The hard work they do add value to your membership is awesome. If you'd like to get involved, there's plenty of committees looking for volunteers. Even a couple of hours a week pitching in on membership, PAC, legislation or events can be a tremendous help.
Thank you for your membership, and I look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

Alan Katz
LAAHU President

LAAHU Holiday Party



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Heard On the Net
Complied by Bill Robinson, DCAHU Legislative Chair
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The governor signed a slew of health bills on Oct on October 8th, including a measure requiring insurers to issue up-to-date provider directories.
California Scheduled to Expand Small Group Definition Despite PACE Act 
"Although the PACE Act repeals the federally-mandated expansion of the 'small employer' definition, it leaves states the discretion to expand the definition on their own schedule.... California already enacted legislation in 2012, A.B. 1083, that expands the definition of small employer to employers with 1 to 100 employees, effective for plan or policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2016. And in S.B. 125, earlier this year, California also adopted the use of the ACA's full-time and full-time equivalent method of counting employees towards the small employer threshold."
Covered California and private insurance exchange CaliforniaChoice will offer coverage to small employers with 100 or fewer employees starting next year. The change comes even though President Obama signed a bill that halted an Affordable Care Act provision that would have expanded the small business definition from one with 50 or fewer employees to one with 100 or fewer employees."
Entire Subset of HSAs Will No Longer Qualify as HSAs If California Governor Signs Bill [Editor's Note: Governor Brown did sign this bill]
"California teeters on the edge of passing a law that will make many HSA-eligible plans illegitimate on January 1, 2016.... There is no reasonable way to interpret the requirement for an embedded out of pocket maximum (OOPM) ... that would square with all HSA-eligible plans. The standard effective date for new legislation such as this is January 1st following the enactment. This bill does not provide delayed effective dates for the embedded OOPM; only for embedded deductibles."
Vanguard Council Recap
We have had several great events put on the by the Vanguard Council since its inception. These events have brought a lot of value to the emerging / forward thinking professionals within the Industry. Below you will find links to the page where you can find a recap of prior events put on by the Vanguard council as well as future events.

Thoughts and Prayers

It is with great sadness and much respect that we leave our thoughts and prayers with those who keep the memory of Raquel Lima alive. She is survived by Family and Friends.

It is unfortunate that we need to share with you all that Raquel Lima left her body on 09/02/15.

Raquel was an AHU member for many years. She believed in the organization and supported the agent mission through her entire career. She turned 53 on 08/02/15 just a month prior to her passing. She was the sales & marketing for Care America for 3  years. Health Net account executive for 12 years. Regional sales manager for a short period of time at LISI and sales executive for covered ca for almost 2 years.
She was one of the key people delivering this almost impossible, challenging healthcare called covered ca. 

~ LAAHU Board

Webcast Huge Success!
LAAHU recently hosted the very popular webcast (Secrets of Success in Small Group Market!). 

Over 50 attendees registered for the event. Thank you to Dickerson Employee Benefits for sponsoring and hosting the webcast!
If you are a LAAHU Member you can get the webinar recording for free.

LAAHU Tech Summit

On January 21, 2016 LAAHU will be hosting a unique event that will allow you to present your technology to some of the most successful independent producers in Los Angeles County. 
The LAAHU Technology Summit will be held at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City from 7:30-to-11:00. The heart of the Summit is the "speed pitching" program in which sponsors move from table-to-table every five-to-six minutes while brokers remain seated. Sponsors will work through this speed dating-like progression with the goal of: 1) obtaining business cards from interested brokers; 2) generating awareness of their products; and 3) enticing brokers to learn more by visiting the sponsors' booths during the remainder of the program.
This is a unique and powerful event that will help you establish your value proposition to the 100-to-150- AAHU members we expect will attend. In addition to the speed pitch portion of the program there will be ample time for the attendees to visit each booth.
Space at the Sportsmen's Lodge is limited and sponsorships will be made available on a first-come basis. Your investment in the LAAHU Tech Summit is only $350. This entitles you to participate in the speed-pitch program and provides you with a table to meet with attendees. We are looking into what level of accessibility the Sportsmen's Lodge can provide and will let you know soon. However, given the desirability of these sponsorships we wanted to make you aware of this opportunity right away.
Again, space is limited and sponsorships will be prioritized by when this form and payment is received by LAAHU.
University Day 2016