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NAHU’s Capitol Conference Addresses Healthcare Reform

Benefits Specialists: Leading the Way to Healthcare Stability

(Washington, D.C.) – Healthcare policymakers and leaders will discuss the implementation and future of healthcare reform at the National Association of Health Underwriters’ (NAHU) 26th Annual Capitol Conference.

Nearly 800 health insurance agents, brokers and consultants are expected to attend the conference, held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on February 22–24, to discuss policy issues with their elected representatives including the role of health insurance agents and brokers, the impact of the Cadillac tax and medical loss ratio (MLR) on the industry, special enrollment periods, and the implementation of healthcare reform.

“It is important that we continue to provide our members with the tools they need to stay informed about health reform and what has been implemented, while also giving them a voice to have an impact on policy decisions that have yet to be made,” said NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein. “We are educating agents and brokers so they know what to expect and how to best prepare and assist their clients.”

Speakers include:

– Kevin Counihan, CEO of;

One of NAHU's top advocacy goals is to continue our support to repeal of the Cadillac Tax and remove the MLR provisions

– Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;

– Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report;

– J. Kelly Conklin, Founder and Co-Owner of Foley Waite, LLC;

– Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies for the Cato Institute;Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL);

– Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Majority Whip;

– Representative Tom Price (R-GA);

– Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT); and many other industry professionals.

“At NAHU’s Capitol Conference, health insurance agents and brokers communicate their legislative agenda to congressional leaders,” added Trautwein. “One of NAHU’s top advocacy goals is to continue our support to repeal of the Cadillac Tax and remove the MLR provisions that mandates health insurance carriers include agent and broker commissions as part of their administrative costs.”

“Every year, our members look forward to engaging in an open discussion about healthcare reform with their legislators,” said NAHU President Don Goldmann. “We believe there is a critical need to ensure that the healthcare delivery system is solvent, accessible and efficient. NAHU’s Capitol Conference gives us the tools we need to help American families and businesses access the coverage they deserve at a price they can afford.”