GPAHU Monthly Newsletter-May 2020 Print

President's Corner

Dear colleagues, members and friends,

I hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy. It’s definitely a time when we are all feeling something…... some are feeling confident and determined to get back to “normal”, some are feeling uneasy and unsure about the shelter-in-place restrictions being lifted and some aren’t sure how or what to feel. I’ve heard over and over again, these are unprecedented times and it’s so true. It has been comforting to know that there have been so many opportunities to get help if you need it; one of which is our very own association.  The NAHU COVID-19 Relief Fund was initiated to provide financial support to NAHU members and their families that have been most impacted.  If you or if you know of member that is in need, you may apply for assistance by clicking here. Furthermore, if you can contribute to help support our fellow NAHU members, you may make a tax-deductible donation here.  If GPAHU can be of assistance, please email me at [email protected].  I love this quote by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”  Let’s all do what we can to support each other!

The board has been busy preparing for the new board members to take their positions effective July 1, 2020. It has been an honor to have served you this past year and I have every confidence that Charlene Hogeland, the incoming President will be an amazing leader and will continue to strive for excellence with our local chapter. Her intelligence, passion and enthusiasm are contagious, and I am excited to see what this next year will bring. Committees are now forming so if you’re interested serving, contact us. This month of May has brought so many positive events to us at the local level and national level. GPAHU hosted two member CE seminars this month totaling 4 CE credits.  With your help we raised $630 for local charities. May 20th was the first “Just Help One Day”.  It’s one day a month to focus on others; call someone, do something, donate, volunteer, anything that you can think of throughout the day to offer part of yourself to others. We recognized members with 20+ years of membership with GPAHU/NAHU starting with Stephen Glucksman who has been a 40-year member. We shared a Vanguard survey about the possibility of NAHU offering benefits to members. National has been hosting Healthcare Happy Hours, webinars and newsletters with all the relevant content we need. It’s been a great month. 

Next month, June brings the first day of Summer and the heat here to the valley. What a better way to spend time indoors, in your living room by registering for the NAHU 2020 Annual Convention. This year’s theme is Engage, Educate and Empower and begins on Tuesday, June 23rd with the awards ceremony. The State and local chapters have applied for awards, and it would be great to have AZ members in attendance. The general session begins at 10am (Eastern time) on Sunday, June 28th and the convention runs through Tuesday, June 30th. All registrants will receive a personal link one week prior to the convention and you will have access to the recordings for three months after. The cost this year is reduced to $99 for NAHU members and $199 for nonmembers. 

Lastly, I’ll close with a reminder of the benefits you have access to.  Your membership brings you many discounts that you may not be aware of.  Some examples of savings opportunities are up to 75% at Office Depot, 10% off car rentals at Hertz, 30% on Dell products, 50% at UPS,  discounted packages from Total Hipaa,, NextAgency, Agency Blog, Dynamis, InfinityHR, Mercer, Smarts Publishing, MedCom, CXC Solutions, ACA reporting Services, Benefit Express, Citrix Sharefile, Zywave and more. You also have a substantial discount on the REBC designation and many certifications, including the new Medicare certification that will be open for registration very soon. With the REBC (Registered Employee Benefits Consultant) designation you save somewhere around $900 on the course curriculum. It varies based on which certifications you choose. When utilizing these discounts, simply mention that you are a NAHU member. All member benefits are listed on the NAHU website under the membership tab and member benefits.

As always, thank you for your membership,

Jessica Cheney, President

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Welcome New Members

April: Preston Davis, Jeffrey Griffin, Chris Ostrand

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Member Spotlight

Stay tuned as we work to gather information about our 20+ year GPAHU/NAHU Members!

If you are interested in being featured in the Member Spotlight, please contact Sheila Prior, Communication Chair at [email protected].


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Board Member Spotlight

We will resume our Board Member Spotlight once the 2020-2021 GPAHU Board is sworn in early June. 

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Changes with your information?

GPAHU downloads member data from the national site, so update it there and we’ll capture changes that way.  To update your information, go to, click on “Membership”, then “My Account”.   You can update your address, email, edit your practice areas, view your member details, billing, add a photo, keep track of new members you brought in, certifications, etc.  It’s important to keep this data updated because this is how you will be shown in the Find an Agent tool (

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Calendar of Events

Remember to visit our website to register for upcoming events.


June 11, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual Meeting

Join us on a 60-minute call to discuss the importance of highlighting financial insecurity becoming an epidemic, why it matters to employers, helping employees get engaged to change behavior and drive action. We will discuss how these employees benefit from having programs and health care solutions that are tailored to their unique and specific needs. At the end of this call you will receive 1 CE credit. Credit can only be obtained to users logged into the Webex and who are interactive throughout the session. 


June 23, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual Meeting

Join our hosts Jessi Spini, Regional Sales Manager, Principal and Marcy Pruitt, DIA, Managing Partner, Disability Insurance Services.

Webinar attendees will receive 1 CE Credit


June 28, 2020

Okay, we get it. There’s a day for everything under the sun, but some of these days serve a valuable purpose!

Let's make National Insurance Awareness Day (June 28) a day that every person you know hears about!

The sooner you sign up for this day - the more resources you will get!

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Professional Development

Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Compliance Requirements Certification

NAHU has a NEW online training programdesigned to provide you the training that is required for Medicare Advantage in a new and better format.  The training meets all CMS requirements and would complement each plan sponsor’s plan-specific training for brokers and agents. After taking the final course exam, continuing education credits will be awarded and a certificate of completion provided or evidence of completion of the course can be transferred to your Medicare Advantage carrier. Priced at $125 for NAHU members, the course is an affordable option with no hidden fees and no additional cost for CE credits.

Pre-Register now at no cost by clicking HERE

As a member, you have access to so many tools to promote yourself and your business.  

  • Check out the Running Your Business series in NAHU vision.  There are informative video’s on everything from checking up on your E & O to Transitioning to a fee-based business.   Click here to learn more:  
  • You can also check out the “Promote Yourself” tab, under “Resources”, at  
    • Here you will find, infographics that summarize important legislative topics for you and your clients, including Medicare for All means one size fits all care.  Infographic is attached to the email version of this newsletter.
    • The NAHU Logo for you to share on your letterhead, business cards, or websites. 
    • Media and Social Media Tools and
    • Broker’s Making a Difference.  The Brokers Making a Difference website is designed to inform consumers, legislators and the media about the tireless work agents and brokers do in guiding their clients through the complex task of complying with numerous state and federal regulations while choosing and maintaining appropriate coverage at an affordable price. The website includes an interactive map where people can view specific examples of how brokers help their clients and gain a better understanding of the broker’s role as an advocate and educator. This website highlights the vital role of benefit specialists in the health care industry and the value they bring to their clients throughout the year.   If you haven’t already, check it out and share your story or ask your clients to share their story about work that you have done on their behalf.

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Earning the Registered Employee Benefits Consultant® (REBC®) designation elevates your credibility as a professional. The field of employee benefits continues to evolve rapidly. A year does not go by without new government regulations, new or modified coverages, and new techniques for controlling benefit costs. To best serve their clients, professionals need to have a current understanding of the provisions, advantages, and limitations associated with each type of benefit or program as a method for meeting economic security. The designation program analyzes group benefits with respect to the ACA environment, contract provisions, marketing, underwriting, rate making, plan design, cost containment, and alternative funding methods. The largest portion of this program is devoted to group medical expense plans that are a major concern to employers, as well as to employees. The remainder of course requirements include electives on topics serving various markets based on a broker’s client needs.

Click here for more information

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Upcoming National Events


Saturday, June 27, 2020
to Tuesday, June 30, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Virtual Meeting

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Advocacy-Operation Shouts!

NAHU is the leading professional association for health insurance agents, brokers, general agents and consultants. We, the members work every day with individuals, families and employers of all sizes to help them purchase health insurance coverage and use that coverage in the best possible way. As a dedicated group of more than 100,000 benefit specialists from across the nation, NAHU advocates on behalf of American health insurance consumers.

Check out what NAHU is working on by clicking here- You can also GET ACTIVE and support our national chapter by sending an Operation Shout.    You should already be getting a timely email with the operation shout data, but if you aren’t, you can log into the NAHU site, under Advocacy, Click on Operation Shout!  Here you will find prepopulated betters to our AZ congress people all ready to go.  Click on “Write or Tell” and complete the requested data.   It will address the letter to the appropriate person(s), then click on Submit All Letters.  An email will be sent directly to the congress people.  The more our congress people hear from us, the louder our voice is.  

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Not contributing to HUPAC?  Check out the Levels of Contributions and join us today!

  • Monthly Credit Card or Bank Draft Amount: $12.00/month
  • Annual or One-Time Contribution Amount: $150.00
365 Club
  • Monthly Credit Card or Bank Draft Amount: $30.00/month
  • Annual or One-Time Contribution Amount: $365.00
  • Monthly Credit Card or Bank Draft Amount: $42.00/month
  • Annual or One-Time Contribution Amount: $500.00
  • Monthly Credit Card or Bank Draft Amount: $63.00/month
  • Annual or One-Time Contribution Amount: $750.00


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Leading Producers Round Table

Why Apply for LPRT?

  • Distinguish Yourself
  • Exclusive Discounts for LPRT Qualifiers
  • Exclusive Training Opportunities
  • Develop Peer Networks


Visit to learn about how to qualify and the benefits you will receive.

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NAHU Educational Foundation

The NAHU Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps the public stay informed about the public and private health insurance options available to them. The foundation creates educational materials for the American public about private health insurance options, whether consumers are buying health insurance coverage on their own, purchasing coverage through the exchange or signing up for a plan through their employer. The foundation also assists those needing coverage who may be eligible for public programs like Medicare, Medicaid or children’s health insurance programs.  Interested in learning more?  We were to!  Be on the lookout in the coming months with more information and if you are interested in joining our NAHU Education Fund committee, please reach out to Jessica at [email protected]    

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Vanguard Council

NAHU Covid Relief Fund

We have heard from many of you that you need help or want to help your fellow members and their families who have been the most seriously affected by COVID-19.

The NAHU COVID-19 Relief Fund has been initiated to provide financial support to NAHU members and their families that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you or a fellow member have been impacted and you would like to apply for assistance or if you are in a position to make a contribution to help support your fellow NAHU member CLICK to DONATE!

All donations are tax-deductible! 

NAHU's Vanguard Council is holding a donation drive Operation Support Our Troops - America, Inc. until June 13, 2020!

Click Here to Donate

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Triple Crown Challenge

To qualify for the Triple Crown, within the calendar year (01/01-12/31), a member must:

HUPAC: Participate in $12 x 12 draft program or contribute $150 total for the year
Membership: Recruit two or more new members
Advocacy: Use Operation Shout to send three or more messages

One, two, three -- it's that simple!

Click here for more information on how to Qualify!

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NAHU Happy Hour Podcast

Did you know that NAHU has a podcast? Click the image below to listen to the lastest episode about COVid-19 relief suggestions.

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Connect with the State and National Chapters


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