Yep! LAAHU Medicare Summit

LAAHU Annual Medicare AEP Summit at Skirball– Not to be missed!!
Gotta give a special shout out to our friends at LAAHU who have been hard at work organizing a truly awesome event for September 30 at Skirball Cultural Center. Our sources tell us it’s a very cool agenda and many of the carriers will be there to connect and share. There will be social distancing. If you’re not able to spend the whole day, you can also just join the happy hour. Now for the official announcement:
The Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters will hold its Medicare AEP Kick-off Summit in person Sept. 30 at Skirball Cultural Center. Guest speakers so far include: Paul Bauer – Region 9 CMS, Brad Miles, Barry Sikov and Paul Davis. Register here.


Grants for Crisis Aim to Reduce Burden on Law Enforcement

CMS announced that its awarding $15 million in rescue plan funding to 20 states to help expand mobile health intervention for Medicaid recipients in crisis. The grants, administered through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are intended to help develop emergency intervention services for people experiencing a substance abuse or mental health crisis. The bigger picture is that these medical services may better help people and alleviate some burden on law enforcement.


Covered California Says Goodbye to Peter V. Lee as Executive Director

Covered California announced last week that executive director Peter V. Lee has informed the board that he will leave the organization in early 2022. Lee has served as Covered California’s first and only executive director, helping launch the exchange in 2012. Lee stated that he is not leaving for a particular position and looks forward to continuing his leadership role for the next six months. After his departure, he plans to take time off and consider new opportunities to continue his lifelong work of improving health care.

Harvard School of Public Health Offers Live Stream

The Harvard School of Public Health will offer “Confronting Racism in Health Care Delivery,” a live stream on Tuesday, Sept 28, 8-9am PT. Live stream on Facebook, YouTube, and The Forum site.  There is no registration required to watch the event online.


LIMRA Virtual Conference in October

The 2021 LIMRA Virtual Annual Conference will be held Oct. 26-28.  Featured at this year’s conference is an executive panel, moderated by Mike Temple, chairman and chief operating officer at Protective Life, which will examine key external trends driving changes to the financial services industry now and in the future. Panelists include Grant Kvalheim, president and CEO, Athene USA; Neal Baumann, global insurance leader, Deloitte; and Kweilin Ellingrud, senior partner and head of McKinsey’s Life Insurance and Annuities practice in North America.

Phyllis Borzi, former assistant secretary for employee benefits security of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and Fred Reish, partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle and Reath, LLP, will lead a breakout session on the new DOL fiduciary rule, “Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2020-02 (PTE 2020-02),” which goes into effect this December.

Additional highlights of the Annual Conference program include:

David Levenson, president and CEO, LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global, will share his insights on how the lessons learned during COVID-19 will impact the financial services industry in the future.

LIMRA and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will share results from their latest survey of hundreds of industry leaders around the globe to learn what the industry’s greatest challenges are within the next five years.

Learn How to Use the NAIC Life Insurance Policy Locator
NAIC says that every year millions of dollars in life insurance benefits remain unclaimed. Sometimes, beneficiaries can’t find their deceased loved ones’ policies or, in some cases, may not even know the policies exist. To help solve this issue, NAIC created the Life Insurance Policy Locator (LPL). The LPL is a free online tool that helps consumers find their deceased loved one’s life insurance policies and annuity contracts. So check it out and let your clients know about it too!


Absurd Charges Only When a Claim is Involved Hurts Industry

Anyone who has ever dealt with an insurance claim knows that the numbers can seem rather nuts. Social inflation is the term used to describe this. Check out this story on how social inflation is hurting the industry.

CASH For College

NAAIA Scholarship Application Now Open

The National African American Insurance Association is accepting applications for its JL Tillman Endowed Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to help African-American students further their education in insurance, risk management, business, IT, actuarial science, finance or marketing. Deadline is October 1. Click here to learn more about this opportunity!


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  • NAIC 2021 Summit Part 2, virtual Sept 13-17, Info and register here.
  • DCAHU Senior Summit, in person Sept 16, Register here.
  • NAIFA/LAAHU 15th Annual Health Forum, virtual Sept 24, Register here.
  • LAAHU Medicare AEP Kickoff, in person September 30. Sponsorship info here. Register here.
  • SIIA 41st Annual National Educational Conference & Expo, In-Person & Virtual, October 3 – 5, JW Marriott, Austin, TX. Info here.
  • LIMRA 2021 Annual Conference, Virtual, Oct 26-28, Info and registration here.
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