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SAHU Celebrates Victories at 2024 California Capitol Summit

Sacramento, CA – May 18, 2024 – Sacramento, CA – May 18, 2024 – The Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters (SAHU) extends its gratitude to those who were able to attend the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHIP) Capitol Summit in Sacramento last week and those who have shown dedication to oppose, educate, and spread awareness about the impacts of the latest single-payer proposal. Your efforts have led to significant victories for Californians.
AB 2200, legislation that would have mandated single-payer healthcare in California, was defeated. The bill was held on the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s Suspense File and will not advance to the floor, thus marking a defeat for this legislative and calendar year.
Also defeated was another CAHIP key bill, SB 1236, which would have significantly increased premiums for seniors on Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap), thus reducing enrollment and risking insurer market withdrawal in California.
These legislative victories are a testament to the collective effort and dedication of the attendees and the broader health insurance community. SAHU remains committed to advocating for policies that protect and benefit consumers, businesses, and healthcare professionals in California.
The Capitol Summit, featuring a diverse range of speakers, including industry leaders and subject matter experts, offered comprehensive updates on legislative changes, regulatory impacts, and emerging trends.  “The CAHIP Capitol Summit was an outstanding event that provided deep insights into the evolving landscape of health insurance”, said Michele Mills, SAHU’s Secretary Chair.  Mills went on to say, “One of the key takeaways from the summit was the detailed analysis of recent healthcare Senate and Assembly Bills and their implications for businesses, Agents/ Brokers, and consumers
While we’ve achieved these great wins for California, SAHU encourages everyone to stay in the fight, and stay engaged and informed as we continue to navigate and influence the legislative landscape. 

For more information about SAHU and its advocacy efforts, and future SAHU events, please visit
www.sahu-ca.com.

From left to right; Michele Meder-SAHU Awards Chair, Brad Wright- SAHU Legislative Co-Chair, Michele Mills-SAHU Secretary, David Brabender- SAHU President-Elect, Addison Beverly- Aetna, Cerrina Jensen- SAHU PAC Chair, and SAHU members/guests, Aaron Jenson, Carmen Perea and Cora Lynn Alvar .

From left to right, Legislative advocate, Faith Borges, Tim Kanter, CAHIP President, Assemblyman, James Gallagher, Rosamaria Marrujo, and Paul Roberts, CAHIP VP Legislation.

Helen Ornellas- SAHU President and Jack Holder-CAHIP VP PAC Chair.

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SAHU PAC Event Recap: A Night of Impact and Insight

Sacramento, CA – SAHU members and supporters gathered last Thursday for an evening of education, advocacy, and networking at the SAHU PAC event. The event, which sold out quickly, featured intimate discussions with leading lobbyists and advocates shaping California healthcare.

Helen Ornellas, SAHU President, remarked, “The room was filled with like-minded Brokers and Agents who wanted to know what’s going on firsthand and were not let down, amazing evening.”

Guest speakers Faith Borges, Legislative Advocate, and Rob Stutzman, political commentator, provided updates on California health insurance and the current political landscape. The focus was on the Single Payor system and its status across political lines, highlighting the importance of being involved in shaping healthcare policy.

Faith Borges also spotlighted the pending initiative to implement a mandatory statewide insurance program for long-term care services and supports. Visit Long Term Care Insurance Task Force to learn more. Attendees engaged in discussions with special guests, including CAHIP President Tim Kanter and CAHIP VP of PAC Jack Holder, enriching the evening with valuable insights and expertise.

For those who missed the event, there’s an opportunity to stay involved by attending the upcoming CAHIP Capitol Summit in May. This event offers a chance to connect with industry experts, engage in discussions with legislative speakers and guests as they address the most recent healthcare concerns.

“We invite all members and those in the community to attend the upcoming CAHIP Capitol Summit in May,” said Helen Ornellas, SAHU President. “It’s another opportunity to connect, engage, and drive positive change in our healthcare system.”  For more information about the CAHIP Capitol Summit, visit Capitol Conference details HERE.

SAHU extends its gratitude to its members, event sponsors, and the community for their dedicated support and participation in the PAC event. Together, we are making a difference and driving positive change in healthcare.

Learn more about PAC HERE.

If you would like to support PAC directly, you may do so HERE.

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For over 30 years, SAHU has worked to improve our members’ ability to meet the health, financial and retirement security needs of all Californians and Americans through education, advocacy, and professional development. For more information, please visit: sahu-ca.com. 

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Legislative Co-Chair

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SAHU 2022 – 2023 Year in Review

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SAHU January 2024 Member Meetings

January Member Meeting 2024

January 17 @ 10:00 am 11:15 pm

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Topic: Student Loan repayment/529 savings plans and the Secure 2.0 act going into effect 1/1/24.
This presentation by Dennis Cash, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Ameritas, is focused on employer-assisted benefits for employee education, specifically around student loans and tuition reimbursement. It covers the background of BenefitEd, the services it offers in managing student loan payments, and the benefits of these programs for both employers and employees. The presentation includes details on the student loan landscape, tax benefits, various plan designs, and the impact of these benefits on employee financial stability and employer retention strategies. It also discusses the implementation process for these programs.

About the Speaker

Dennis Cash – Director, Strategic Initiatives.

Started with Ameritas on June 26th, 2017 to oversee the development and management of strategic initiatives within the Group Division. Strategic initiatives are defined as initiatives that deliver alternate revenue and profit streams for Ameritas Group Division.  Current focus is primarily on BenefitEd and hearing solutions.

1995 Graduate of the University of Nebraska with double major in Management and Marketing.  

Held a variety of positions in the sales, marketing and operations areas, most recently with Lincoln Industries, a metal finishing company for 13 years.  Before that, Dennis worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 10 years in various sales and marketing roles in Salt Lake City Utah, Boise Idaho, and Lincoln Nebraska. Served in the Army National Guard for 12 years where he took advantage of one the earliest student loan repayment programs that was available

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SAHU’s PAC Chair on the Importance of this Event

What Is the Political Action Committee Current Discussion All About?

California’s state legislature is pushing ahead to implement Single Payer in our state.

This event is an opportunity for you to secure your seat at the table as an active participant in this VERY IMPORTANT ongoing discussion that effects all Californians.

What Happens if AB 2200 is Passed?

AB 2200 would make CalCare the state’s single-payer health-coverage provider. Under the act it would be illegal for any resident to pay a doctor privately for any medical treatment covered by CalCare. 

The outcome:  Medicare, Medi-Cal, Tricare, Employer Group Coverage, Individual and Family Plans… ALL CURRENT avenues would become illegal.

We already have a provider shortage, and this would almost certainly chase more providers away, at the same time as surging demand (for free healthcare).

How does SAHU make a difference? 

As a leader in our local chapter of CAHIP, SAHU has front row access to our political action endeavors. We work closely with a team of experts who are diligent in engaging and educating our state legislators in support of our priorities.

This is an evening dedicated to education, advocacy, and lobbying to align the future of healthcare with our vision of affordable, reliable, quality healthcare for all!

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SB 770- Bill to Finance a State-run Healthcare System Advances to Assembly Appropriations Committee

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Jun 30th 2023 – The Sacramento Association for Health Underwriters (SAHU) would like to extend its gratitude to all its dedicated members who actively participated in NABIP’s Operation Shout to oppose SB 770, a bill aimed at financing a state-run health care system in California.

Despite the tremendous efforts and numerous communications from CAHIP members, SB 770, which seeks to advance Single Payer Health Care system in California, has successfully passed the Assembly Health Committee and is now progressing to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

If enacted, legislation would establish a workgroup with the goal of petitioning the federal government to redirect significant funding, potentially amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars, from Medicare and Medi-Cal.  The intention behind this redirection would be to support the implementation of a state-run health care system, which has yet to undergo comprehensive testing, including an assessment of its potential costliness.

SAHU kindly urges all its members and non-members to take the time to review the details of SB 770. You can find the fully written Bill here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/home.xhtml

We encourage you to talk to your Assemblymember about the potential implications it may have.  If you would like to join SAHU in expressing opposition, we invite you to visit the following link https://nabip.quorum.us/campaign/48542 and participate in Operation Shout. Your voice holds significance, and your participation can potentially contribute to the outcome of this bill.

If you are not a member of SAHU, click here- https://sahu-ca.com/benefits to learn more about our great organization and how you can join.

If you are interested in supporting our PAC contribution, click here: https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/CAHUPAC/

In the coming weeks, SAHU will diligently provide updates on the progress of SB 770 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We assure you that we will keep you informed of any developments as soon as the information becomes available, with the latest update expected no later than September 1, 2023.

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For over 30 years, SAHU has worked to improve our members’ ability to meet the health, financial and retirement security needs of all Californians and Americans through education, advocacy, and professional development. For more information, please visit: sahu-ca.com. 

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