Whoo hooo! Congratulations if you’re an agent who wants to know more about Medicare! There are now a couple of amazing, virtual conferences coming up:
The Senior Summit (a collaboration of Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego Associations of Health Underwriters ): The Senior Summit will be held virtually on September 1-3. Certifications, product trainings, CEs, guest speakers, industry experts, as well as a virtual exhibit hall and more! Price: $49 AHU Member or Non-Member (3 Day Admission). Deadline to Register: August 28. Info and registration here.
And, as announced last week, the California Statewide Medicare Expo:
(a collaboration of 10 California Association of Health Underwriters chapters): The CA Statewide Medicare Expo will be August 26-27. There will be more than 100 sessions and opportunities for certifications and CE. $49 for AHU members; $59 for non-members. Register here.
How To Keep Telehealth Moving Along?
Everybody is discussing how to keep the ball rolling with telehealth. The Trump Administration is in favor of telehealth, but Congress also needs to do its part with regulatory changes. Read more here.
LAAHU Annual Sales Symposium This Week!
Please join Cal Broker and register today for the LAAHU annual symposium tomorrow!
Don’t forget that LAAHU’s AdapTech annual conference is virtual this week on July 16-17. Parker Conrad, formerly of Zenefits and now with Rippling will be speaking on Friday, July 17. Looks like you won’t want to miss this one! Register here. More info at LAAHU’s website.
Diversity and Inclusion
Employee Benefit News reports that Fortune 500 companies like General Motors and Walt Disney have boosted diversity training and many companies have made statements of support and donations to help worthy causes in the wake of George Floyd. But there’s a general consensus that much more needs to be done.
Mental Health and Medicare
The Commonwealth Fund has a great post up looking at how COVID-19 has exposed gaps in mental health coverage for Medicare patients.From the post:
Several recent policy changes have enhanced Medicare beneficiaries’ access to mental health services, including coinsurance parity for outpatient mental health visits, the closing of the prescription drug “doughnut hole,” and newly introduced financing mechanisms to support depression screening and mental health care management. But gaps remain, including the 190-day lifetime limit for inpatient psychiatric stays; lack of coverage of services delivered by licensed professional counselors; poor access to mental health providers in Medicare Advantage plan networks; and limited coverage for telemental health services.
The whole post is worth a read! Check it out here.
BrokerTech Ventures Announces Carrier and Wholesale Partnerships
BrokerTech Ventures, the industry’s first broker-led platform and accelerator program, announced the addition of four super-regional and national insurance firms as partners:
- The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, Fairfield, OH
- RT Specialty, LLC, Chicago, IL
- Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company, Farmington Hills, MI
- AmWINS Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC
In May, BrokerTech Ventures announced the addition of Travelers and has been developing relationships with the additional firms along the way. All five insurance companies will be featured during the InsureTech Connect, Agency Connect:Virtual on Thursday, July 16, on The Innovation Curve panel, which is fueled by BrokerTech Ventures.
Health Net announced that Kerri Balbone will be the new chief operating officer for Health Net of California and California Health & Wellness.Balbone previously was the chief operating officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California. In addition, she’s a public safety commissioner for the city of West Hollywood.
- Don’t forget LAAHU’s Zoom Happy Hour Today 4 p.m.
Members and non-members alike are invited! Register here.
- LAAHU Annual Sales Symposium, Virtual, July 16-17
- MDRT 2020 Virtual Event, Aug 8-28
This five-day main event will feature the MDRT Main Platform, MDRT Speaks, Focus Sessions and ConneXion Zone breakout sessions in morning, afternoon and evening time blocks. Unique digital networking opportunities including the MDRT Build Your Network matching service and an interactive virtual scavenger hunt. MDRT members can register for the MDRT Virtual Event at any time before the August 3 opening date. Members are encouraged to register at least one week in advance to connect with fellow attendees and have the best platform experience. Any qualified financial services professional seeking MDRT membership can still join this year, with all late fees waived under the MDRT Productivity Action Plan. To learn more about MDRT and the benefits available to members, visit www.mdrt.org.
- California Statewide Medicare Expo, Virtual, Aug 26-27
Ten local California Association of Health Underwriters chapters will host a California Statewide Medicare Expo. Join the online, two-day dive into all things that can help Medicare agents serve seniors. More than 100 sessions and opportunities for certifications and CE. $49 for AHU members; $59 for non-members. Register here.
- The Senior Summit, Virtual, Sept 1-3
A collaboration of Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego Associations of Health Underwriters. Certifications, product trainings, CEs, guest speakers, industry experts, as well as a virtual exhibit hall and more! Price: $49 AHU Member or Non-Member (3 Day Admission). Deadline to Register: August 28. Info and registration here.
- IICF Foundation Women in Insurance Regional Forums Rescheduled
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation has rescheduled the Women in Insurance Regional Forums:
New York: October 26
Los Angeles: October 30
Dallas: November 17
- 16th Annual BenefitsPRO Broker Expo 2020 will be Virtual
- CAHU Women’s Leadership Summit Now Rescheduled for March 2021
CAHU’s WLS committee announced that the second Women’s Leadership Summit has been rescheduled for March 24-26, 2021, at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas. Questions should be emailed to email@example.com.