Colleen Callahan: Insurance News
Mar 05, 2016 12:42PM
● Published by Colleen Callahan
March is a long month
-- no three-day weekends. At least we can celebrate St. Patrick!
March is also when my
health insurance association, CAHU, reviews hundreds of health related bills
that our representatives present to the State Assembly and Senate. The local legislative
chairs are responsible for studying two to three bills, preparing a summary,
and making recommendations to support, oppose, or remain neutral on a given
bill. It is a very interesting aspect to our complicated process of making new
The people on this
committee are licensed health insurance agents and volunteers. I am lucky to be a small part of the
process. Each year, I am impressed
by their passion and diligence. Many have served for years. They focus on what is best for
their clients and care deeply about the industry.
It is important to
mention the unsung heroes that have helped me grow in my business. It is especially
important because a tech company in San Francisco that entered the insurance
business a couple years ago is currently being investigated for licensing
violations in Washington and California. The CEO resigned unexpectedly in
February. There will likely be
more scrutiny of health insurance agents because of the unprofessional
activities that apparently permeated the company culture.
I am confident the
truly professional insurance agents will weather this storm. If your company switched brokers last
year, it would be wise to verify the agent selected does indeed have a valid
California insurance license. You
can confirm this by looking up agents on the California
Department of Insurance website: www.insurance.ca.gov
Please call me if I
can be of help. I am licensed.
For those of you with
a Medicare Supplement, remember, if it is your birthday month, it is a good
time to review your plan as rates have increased.