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Local Insurance Associations Meet with Congressional Reps

Apr 01, 2015 08:25AM ● By Colleen Callahan

by Colleen Callahan

Washington, DC in February was cold, but the health insurance conference was well worth it. The National Association of Health Underwriters gathers agents from around the country to learn about issues Congress will be tackling this year. Additionally, each local association makes appointments with representatives to discuss health insurance related issues our clients face. It happens to by my job to get those appointments scheduled.

We had a wonderful meeting with Rep. Eric Swalwell. He has been kind enough to meet with us in person for three years running. We also had productive meetings with staff members for Reps. Mark DeSaulnier and Jackie Speier. I hope next year Rep. DeSaulnier can meet with us in person.

We addressed the role of the agent and how we help our clients.  We mentioned the issue of lack of cost transparency in health care.  We asked that Congress consider improving parts of Medicare, especially in relation to the requirement of a three-day hospitalization before Medicare will cover care in a skilled nursing facility.

As usual, we had wonderful speakers and content. One particularly lively guest was South Carolina Senator and former insurance agent Tim Scott. He had a clear understanding of the issues our industry faces and issues the agent faces in business.

It is important to make our representatives aware of what is happening in their districts.  They need to know the opinions of the voters and how their decisions impact us. Unfortunately, it is evident that elected representatives do not work well across party lines. It is our job to tell them what we think.  We need to speak up.

Colleen Callahan, CLU, CASL, LUTCF

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