With only a few days of the Exchange under our belt, it’s too soon to assess the consumers’ reaction. Outside of log in issues, long waits and screens timing out, once in, what do they think? I think it will be a while before we have some national statistics on how many have signed up, so until then stay buckled up, it’s sure to be a long ride.
Our October meeting promises to give us the state update on our exchange; Julian Lago, our RVP for NAHU and our State Exchange Coordinator, will be our presenter this month. We look forward to hearing from him and hope to see you all there.
Meanwhile, Congress is in the midst of a busy work period slated for now through the end of the year that includes budget debates regarding funding for the federal government and raising the country’s debt limit. During this period, Congress will debate topics such as Medicare Reform, Tax Reform, deficit reduction, and other budget priorities. Many have said that Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Tax could be at the center of these discussions.
It is such a busy time in our industry; well really in our country right now, as we roll into 4th quarter, please remember to take some time for yourself and your family. Let’s remain optimistic –
“An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a row boat and takes the tartar sauce with him” – Zig Ziglar
CFAHU President 2013-2014
October Meeting Information
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 11:30 AM
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
350 S. Northlake Blvd
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
This month’s speaker is:
Julian Lago, RHU
Exchange Coordinator for Florida and NAHU Regional VP
So you survived ACA’s y2k. Now what?! How to survive and thrive with in the new ACA world! Marketplace and legislative update.
Julian attended Kean University in Union NJ. He entered the insurance industry as a college agent with New England Life and shortly after graduation moved to Florida and became an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life. His professional career includes positions as Manager for Life & Health at Walton Insurance / Acordia of S Florida and Plastridge Insurance. In July 2013 he joined Celedinas Insurance Group, an Assurex Global Shareholder, as a Senior Client Advisor. Along with a dedicated team, they service the needs of local, state and national accounts.Julian has been a licensed life and health insurance agent since 1983 and also holds an active Property & Casualty Insurance license. He is a Past President of the Palm Coast Chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and served as the 2009-2010 state President of the Florida Association of Health Underwriters (FAHU). Julian is Currently serving as the Florida Exchange Coordinator for NAHU, and also serves on the NAHU Transparency task force. Most recently he was elected to serve as NAHU Region 5 Vice President on the NAHU Board of Trustees.
Over the past several years he has become a frequent speaker on the subject of Health Care Reform, PPACA and Exchanges. He has spoken at National, Regional and State events including providing sworn testimony before the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
In 2008 Julian earned the distinction of “Agent of the Year” for the Florida Association of Health Underwriters and was presented with the distinguished Dan Yount “Floridian of the Year” Award in 2010. In 2012 he received the David Saltzman Public Speaking award from FAHU.
When he is not at work or traveling for business you can find Julian enjoying time with his Wife and four children, playing golf or enjoying a day at sea fishing.
Classic Caesar Salad
Caribbean Mahi Mahi with Coconut Rum Sauce
Warm Rolls with Butter
Iced Tea, Water and Coffee
Double Fudge Chocolate Cake
Vegetarian option available upon request. Please request with RSVP.
Lunch cost is $10 for Members and First time Guests
$35 for Guests. CE is free for Members and $10 for non-members.
RSVP for lunch & CE by 12:00 PM on Friday 10/11 if you will be attending to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 hour CE to follow Luncheon
NAHU Legislative Program/A Federal Update
Course # 51335, Offering # 986350
Presented by Julian Lago
This course is an update on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
NAHU Membership Campaign
The membership campaign will run from July – April 30, 2014 (the end of the membership GAIN contest). Members have unlimited opportunities to be rewarded for recruiting new members!
For the first four new members you recruit from July 1 – April 30, 2014, you get to choose to:
Have your membership dues waived for one year; OR
Receive a $250 American Express Gift Card
For every additional four new members you recruit from July 1 – April 30, 2014, you will:
Receive a $250 American Express Gift Card
New Member Orientation – 10/15/2013 at 11:00 am
Learn about the benefits available to you as a Nahu member
Discover how to get involved in CFAHU
Meet other New CFAHU Members and Board Members
Welcome to our Newest Members
Pierre Antenor with TaxBiz
Derek DeVane with Aflac, sponsored by Mike LaPorte
Michael Manuchia with PROVInsure
Patti Hannah with Baumgarten Financial, sponsored by Susan Zegke-Donahue
CFAHU Presents Another Fabulous Evening Out!
Wednesday, October 16 at 5:30
Come join us at The Hammered Lamb, 1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804
$10 for Members, $15 for non-members
Includes: 2 drinks each and appetizers
Play trivia to test your wits and receive a free shot each time the train goes by.
This year we are supporting the Loaves & Fishes organization’s Turkey Pledge. If you would like to donate a turkey it will cost $15.00. If you’re paying by check, please mark “TURKEYS” on your personal check payable to Loaves & Fishes. We also have additional items that can be donated below!
Other holiday food items needed are:
Canned Sweet Potatoes
Update Your Member Record to Reflect Your Exchange Certifications
NAHU members, who have completed federal and/or state-based health insurance exchange training and are approved to sell and service products on specific exchanges, may update their member records to show the states where they are approved to help individuals and consumers buy marketplace coverage. That way, when consumers, lawmakers and other officials looking to connect with an exchange-certified agent or broker search NAHU’s Find an Agent feature on our website, they will be able to find you!
Follow these steps to add the states in which you are certified or states you are certified in and prefer to conduct business:
Once logged in and on your profile page – click “My NAHU”
Click “My Account”
Click the Certified to Sell Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace Coverage tab
Click “edit” next to the state to update the states where you hold an active certification and licensure and provide the date of that certification.
Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) states are listed here. If you have completed the FFM certification you are entitled to check any FFM state where you are licensed. You may select all the FFM states OR you may select only the states in which you prefer to conduct business.
Please note: NAHU members are responsible for the information included in their agent profile and are expected to accurately report and verify current certifications earned by the state or federal government and by other designating entities.