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March 2010  

What's in it for Me?

Raffle Ticket Time

Support GAHU's Raffle and the People who donate their time away from making money to make this association work! Raffle tickets are $25.  For more details contact [email protected].

 

Local Legislative Efforts Made for You

As you know, there have been a lot of things going on in Washington.  We've had some activity here is Georgia, too! 

As we speak, there are a few bills being introduced that would allow cross state line selling. Lisa Wetherton has been working hard to keep us up to date on these and other bills and I would like to recognize the hard work she has been putting in down at the Capitol.  Make yourself available, when possible, to help GAHU's legislative efforts.

Thank you for your support,

 

Matt Holcomb

Holcomb Insurance Services

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Calendar of Events

 

 GAHU State Event

Scheduled Meeting Date/Time

Special Notice

Visit GAHU's Site for Updates

Click Here for Website

Join GAHU by clicking here

 

Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation

June 16 - 18th 2010

2010 GAHU Convention

'Professional Renewal'

Click Here for Details

Sponsorship opportunities available!

 

 

 

Local Chapter Events/Meetings

Normally Scheduled Meeting Date/Time

Special Notice or

Up-Coming Events

Atlanta                  

Click Here for Website

 
Sponsorship details available for up-coming meetings!  Check with [email protected]

Date:

3rd Friday Monthly

Time:

7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

 

Now - March 31, 2010

Membership Campaign

The member who recruits the most new members each month will win a Starbucks gift card.

The member who recruits the most new members during the campaign will win the choice of:  1) Complimentary registration to the GAHU Annual Forum held June 16-19, or 2)  A $100 American Express Gift Card.   

 

 

Coastal Empire (Savannah): 

Click Here for Website

CEAHU 6th Annual

Symposium & Exhibitor Fair

 

Date:    Tuesday, May 25th

Time:    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Local:    The Armstrong Center

         11935 Abercorn Street

       Savannah, GA 31419

Date:

3rd Friday Monthly

Time:

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

 

 

CSRA (Augusta):  

Click Here for Website

 

 

 

Date:

2nd Wednesday Monthly

Time:

12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM

Registration @ 11:30AM

Augusta DoubleTree Hotel

 

 

Middle Georgia (Macon):

 

Date:

1st Thursday Monthly

Time:

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

 

 

Northeast Georgia (Commerce):           

Click Here for Website

 

Date:

2nd Wednesday Monthly

Time:

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

 

 

Northwest Georgia (Calhoun):           

 

Date:

2nd Wednesday Monthly

Time:

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

 

 

South Atlanta (College Park):           

Click Here for Meeting Info

 

 

Date:

3rd Thursday Monthly

Time:

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

 

 

South Georgia:

2010 Meeting Schedule

 

Dates & Times:

  • April 27th: 7:30AM - 5:00PM
  • October 26th: 7:30AM - 5:00PM

 

Location:

Phoebe East,

2410 Sylvester Road, Albany

 

For additional information contact:

Sue Luckie, SGHU VP

229-883-2701

[email protected]

Date:

Twice Per Year

Time:

Varies

 

 

 

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President's Report

 I'm not printing breaking news and I'm not going to re-hash what you (should) have already seen from our CEO, Janet Trautwien. 

 

Health Reform has passed.  

Health Reform now a reality that we and our clients must deal with.  There are two things I want us, as GAHU members, to focus on:

 

  • 1. Read Janet Trautwein's update from March 22nd. In it, there is a link that will take you to a site showing you how YOUR representative voted. I want us to thank those that stood with us (thank those who voted "no"). They deserve to know that their constituents will make every effort to reward them in November. I also want us to remember those who voted in favor of the bill. If your representative voted in favor of the bill, it is incumbent on you to ensure that your voice is heard this November. 
  • 2. While there is still much that is undecided in this process, it is clear that the landscape has been repainted on a global scale. You need to figure out how you are going to continue being a resource to your clients. You need to begin preparing yourself for the coming changes, whatever they are.

 

That's it.  Read Janet's email and figure out how you are going to respond.  Your clients need your guidance now more than ever.  If you're not giving it to them, someone else is.  You, as a GAHU member, are the elite.  And we all know what elites do when things get tough; elites take their game to the next level.

Are you ready?

 


Blake Watts

2009-2010 GAHU President

[email protected]

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Job Openings/Classifieds

 

Growing Benefits and Financial Services Company located in Fayetteville is seeking to fill a full-time position.  The Client Coordinator position is an entry level position with an  opportunity for advancement.  Qualified applicants will possess the following skills/attributes:  motivated for growth, self starter, positive outlook, willing attitude and the ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities.  Experience preferred but not required.  Applicants must possess strong office, client service and computer skills. 

General office duties will include data entry, answering phones, client service and general administrative support, assisting Account Manager on various projects and other special assignments as needed.

Interested applicants should respond by faxing his/her resume to 770-234-4178 by March 15th. 

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Welcome New Members

 

First Name

Last Name

Designation

Company

Chapter

Eric

Baum

CLU ChFC

The Hartford

GAATLANTA

Raymond

Bowden

 

Group Services LTD

GAATLANTA

Kim

Byrd

 

Memorial Health

GACOASTAL

Damon

Cain

 

Humana, Inc.

GAATLANTA

Alicia

Farnum

 

Basic

GASOATLANTA

Donna

Fisher

 

Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc.

GAATLANTA

Michelle

Fountain

 

Alliant Health Plans

GANORTHWEST

Kyle

Frigon

 

American General

GAATLANTA

Erin

Frink

 

Humana

GAATLANTA

Brad

Granger

 

United Healthcare

GAATLANTA

Jennifer

Gregory

 

Core Benefit Solutions

GAATLANTA

Edward

Gutowski

 

CHN

GAATLANTA

Lisa

Hemstead

 

Coventry Health Care

GACOASTAL

Mark

Jenkins

LUTCF

Jenkins & Associates

GAATLANTA

Jeffrey

Johnson

 

Johnson Benefits Group, LLC

GANORTHEAST

Matthew

Johnson

 

 

GAATLANTA

David

Petersen

 

Assurant Employee Benefits

GAATLANTA

Daniel

Piacentini

 

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia

GAATLANTA

Elizabeth

Roen

 

Wells Fargo Insurance Company

GACOASTAL

Hudson

Rouse

 

Doherty Duggan and Rouse

GAATLANTA

Donna

Rudner

 

Employer Relief, Inc.

GAATLANTA

Amanda

Smith

 

OMEGA Benefit Group

GAATLANTA

Steven

Snipes

 

Ameritas Group

GAATLANTA

Robert

Steele

CLU,ChFC

EmpowHR

GAATLANTA

Edward

Taylor

 

Cigna

GAATLANTA

Aileen

Valianos

RHU

Valianos Insurance

GAATLANTA

Bill

Vreeland

 

WDV Insurance Services

GAATLANTA

Brian

Watkins

 

Assurant Employee Benefits

GAATLANTA

Daphne

White

 

Principal Financial Group

GACOASTAL

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Reflections and Projections

2009 GAHU Annual Summary

Report of Chapter Activities & Accomplishments

  

Award(s)

Member

NAHU Presidential Citation

Shan Ricketts for Georgia AHU 

Public Service Award

Georgia AHU

William R. Flood Award

Georgia AHU

Website Award

Georgia AHU

NAHU Presidential Citation

Kevin W. Smith for Atlanta AHU

Education Award

Robert W. Osler for Atlanta AHU

Kathy Cruce Award (GAHU's highest honor)

Rick Bailey

Patty Murphy Award (Atlanta's highest honor)

Al Schiebel

Leading Producer Roundtable (LPRT) Qualifiers & Status

Daniel J. Boaz, MBA, CBC

President's Council

Victoria J. Braden

Golden Eagle and Agency Golden Eagle

Christine F Burns

Lifetime

Russell B. Childers, Jr.,CLU, ChFC

Eagle

David Combs CLU, ChFC, CFP

Golden Eagle

Melinda A Cull

Golden Eagle - Carrier Representative

Ronald Deterding

Golden Eagle

Jeffery R. Fishback, CHC

Golden Eagle - Agency

Charles S. Green, JD, RHU, HIA

Golden Eagle

Donna D. Hill, FLMI

President's Council

Matthew B. Holcomb

President's Council

David S. Johnson LUTCF, RHU, CSA

Eagle

Linda Mackey, LUTCF

Eagle

M. Danny Martin, LUTCF

President's Council

Mark S. Mixer, LUTCF

Golden Eagle

Shan Ricketts, RHU, FMLI, ACS

Golden Eagle - Agency

David M. Rubnitz, LUTCF

Golden Eagle

Raymer M. Sales, Jr., CLU

Golden Eagle

Kevin W. Smith, CLU, RHU

Eagle

James R Stephens Jr., LUTCF, RHU

Golden Eagle - Carrier Management

Julia A Teplis, CFP, RHU, CLU, ChCF

Lifetime & Qualifying - Eagle

Daniel R. Tompkins, III, JD, CFC

Golden Eagle - Agency

Andrew M. Windham

Eagle

Triple Crown Members

Alfonso C. Schiebel

Carol T. Hayes, RHU, LUTCF

David M Rubnitz, LUTCF

Kevin W. Smith, CLU, RHU,

Rick D. Bailey, CFP, REBC, RHU, CSA

Shan Ricketts, RHU, FLMI, ACS

Russell B. Childers, Jr., CLU, ChCF

Cathy Rainwater

Al Hombroek, CLU, ChFC, LTCP

James R Stephens Jr., RHU, LUTCF

Jodie Braner

Silver Seal Certification

  • Georgia AHU
  • Atlanta AHU
  • CSRA AHU (Augusta)

Community/Charity

  • GAHU's annual "Insure the Cure" Gala and Silent Auction raised $30,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Atlanta AHU supported the Dream House for Medically Fragile Children and answered phones for Georgia Public Television's Telethon.
  • CSRA AHU (Augusta) supported a run/walk for Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Northeast Georgia AHU supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • South Atlanta AHU supported Freshen Up Ministries and Community Welcome House.

Education

  • GAHU's Annual State Convention at the Waverly Hotel in Atlanta offered more than 300 attendees 12 hours of CE.
  • Atlanta AHU provided members with 12 meetings offering 26 hours of CE.
  • Coastal Empire AHU provided members with 10 meetings offering 20 hours of CE.
  • CSR AHU provided members with 12 meetings offering 16 hours of CE.
  • Middle Georgia AHU provided members with 12 meetings offering 24 hours of CE.
  • Northeast Georgia AHU provided members with 10 meetings offering 20 hours of CE.
  • Northwest Georgia AHU provided members with 6 meetings offering 13 hours of CE.
  • South Atlanta AHU provided members with 9 meetings offering 20 hours of CE.
  • South Georgia AHU provided members with 2 meetings offering 8 hours of CE.

Legislative

  • Contributed over $39,000 to candidates via our GAHU Political Action Committee (PAC).
  • 100% of the candidates supported by the GAHU PAC won their elections!
  • Voter turnout was the highest in our state's history immediately after we made a heavy push for our members to get out the vote. (Sure, we didn't make all of it happen but we did make a difference!)

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Industry Trends

Know your Business Associate Agreement

Dear Member,

As you know several insurance carriers are revising their agreements to comply with the new Business Associate requirements.   It has come to our attention that some carriers are taking this opportunity to change other language in producer contracts, including the terms for termination of agents "without cause."       One such example indicates that the Company can terminate the contract, without cause, with no less than 90 days notice.  Any commissions would cease upon effective date of the termination.

 Obviously, this constitutes a definite alteration in how producers are currently contracted with the carriers using this language.  Your GAHU Board is concerned that Members might unknowingly renew their producer agreements without knowledge of this language.  Therefore, please make sure you thoroughly review the termination clause of any Producer Agreement you receive from any insurance carrier.  While GAHU has no official stance on the matter (in fact, we recognize that all insurance carriers are free to do as they see fit in a free market!) we do want to ensure that our Members are aware that there are sometimes changes in producer contracting.

As always, we wish you much success and we thank you for your membership in GAHU!

Best Regards,

Your GAHU Board

 

2010 GAHU Convention

GAHU's convention will be held at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation on June 16th - 18th, 2010.     Click Here for Registration Brochure

More than 50% of the rooms block and golf players space is taken. 

Want to reserve your room?

GAHU's block room rate is $ 149 per night. Click here for the hotel website.

  • Go to the reservations column on the right hand side of the page.
  • Select the dates (June 16-18).
  • Select the 'RMHRMHA' Group Code box under the optional information drop down box.

Make your reservations for your room space and sign up for golf ASAP to ensure your spot! 

 

Keynote Speaker

Neal Boortz

General Sessions:

  • Russell B. Childers, CLU, RHU, NAHU President presents "Shape of the New America." 
  • Mel Schlesinger, RHU, REBC, NAHU Vice President presents "Creating Value as a Benefit Professional."
  • Neal Boortz presents "Myths of Health Insurance Reform - Why Government needs to stay out of the Health Insurance Business." 

GAHU Healthcare Summit:

Gain an understanding of the "Georgia Response" to Health Care regulations from all perspectives:

  • Regulatory & Legislative Panel
  • Business & Consumers Panel
  • Providers Panel

Attendees & Sponsors/Exhibitors:

The vendor space for this year's event is fast selling out.  We now only have 13 total spaces available.  Platinum or platinum plus sponsorships are still available.  If you want to attend with your company, we ask you to please hurry.  Click here for Sponsor Package.

Last Call - 2010 LPRT Submission Deadline March 31st, 2010

GAHU - Last Call for submitting your 2010 LPRT submission - Dead Line is 3/31/10 received by NAHU.  For more details go to:  click here.

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