2016 GAHU Kathy Cruce Memorial Award Recipient

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jodie Braner Media Chairman
September 9, 2016 770-778-8905

GAHU Kathy Cruce Memorial Award Recipient

Atlanta, Georgia (September 9, 2016) — GAHU recently awarded the Kathy Cruce Memorial Award at the annual Georgia Association of Health Underwriters’ (GAHU) Convention and Exhibition in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Bob Fitzgerald was recognized for the Kathy Cruce Memorial Award. This award is the highest bestowed award by the Georgia state chapter. In selecting a recipient, criteria for consideration is evaluated on the individual’s professional stature with the insurance industry, his/her support of the Association programs, his/her career achievement and his/her civic, cultural and humanitarian involvements. Since the first award in 1996, Bob exemplifies the commitment and dedication of a lifelong career agent and association member.

Bob Fitzgerald is a resident of Cobb County. He is the president and owner of the Robert Fitzgerald Insurance Agency, Inc. (RFIA) Bob specializes in offering all insurance products related to Medicare and RFIA is contracted with all of the Medicare health plans.

“The leadership that Bob has volunteered over the past years has a far-reaching impact on the association as well as the needs of individuals, families and business in his community. We are grateful for Bob’s hard work and recognize him with this well-deserved award,” said Al Scheibel GAHU president.

The National Association of Health Underwriters represents 100,000 professional health insurance agents and brokers who provide insurance for millions of Americans. For more information, please call media chairman and GAHU member Jodie Braner at 770-778-8905 or email

Governor Nathan Deal Signs HB 193 into Law


On April 26, 2016, Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 193 into law. GAHU PAC Chair David Johnson, LUTCF, RHU, CSA, CLTC and GAHU Lobbyist Don Bolia were present for the bill signing.  This one-page piece of legislation was introduced 15 months prior to it being passed. This bill ensures that Georgia consumers who consider lapsing or surrendering their life policies will actively be informed about their “living benefits.” These living benefits include accelerated death benefit, nursing home benefit, critical illness benefit and many more. This is critical information to people facing serious illness. HB 193 is historic in that it also precludes life carriers from penalizing agents who inform consumers of options available to them.

We are thankful for the bold step the Georgia Legislature and our Governor took to protect agents and consumers – particularly our seniors, a group that includes some of the most vulnerable and financially challenged citizens. We were honored to be a part of the coalition working to pass HB 193. HB 193 is good for Georgia!