Now that the dust has settled, we at NAHU would like to take the time to thank you for your participation in our 22nd Annual Capitol Conference—Taking Care of Business. By all measures, it was an extremely successful meeting. More than 750 people were in attendance to hear phenomenal speakers and lively panel discussions. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner’s participation was certainly a highlight, but we also heard from more than 30 other lawmakers, regulators and policy experts from across the country who addressed a wide range of pressing topics related to health reform. NAHU received a significant amount of positive press coverage from the event, and the role and value of professional health insurance agents was clearly communicated. Our coalition partners and the regulators, policy experts and legislators who attended and spoke at the meeting were all extremely impressed with the number of members we had in attendance, as well as the health policy knowledge and professionalism you all expressed.
As a group, we also conducted meetings with more than 400 congressional offices. As a direct result of your efforts, we have gained 23 new co-sponsors to H.R. 1206, the legislation pending in the House to remove agent and broker compensation from the health reform law’s medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements. Our count now stands at 172 bipartisan co-sponsors, with new members of Congress being added almost every day! In addition, due to the direct lobbying efforts of our members at the meeting, on February 3 we saw the introduction of S. 2068, the bipartisan complement to H.R. 1206, which was offered by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
The legislative achievements on MLR weren’t the only benefit of those Hill meetings, either. Members were also able to spread NAHU’s message to Capitol Hill offices about a wide variety of other high-priority issues, including the impact the new health reform law is having on American businesses and the pressing need to control health care costs. The connections made with congressional representatives during the course of the meeting will benefit the association all year long as we strive to build upon the parts of our health system that work and fix the parts that are broken.
Joel Rosenblum, Insurance for Asset Protection
Colorado Association of Health Underwriters, Legislative Chair
Phone: 303-499-0623 Fax: 303-499-1362