December 2014  

President's Report

Exciting times in the health insurance biz these days!!  The Navigator bill has passed and sitting on the Governor’s desk to be signed.  It will become effective June 30, 2015.  Basically it requires a Navigator or certified application counselor to complete a state application and be subject to certain rules and training.  It also allows the Insurance Commissioner to fine, suspend or revoke their certificate if they violate any provision.  click here to see the bill.  Our NAHU legislative team played a huge role in this!! 

The 2014/15 WMAHU Board is making a difference too!! Check our website often for updates, news, registration links, events and at any time you have suggestions or input for new and exciting content let us know!! 

Troy and Denise  

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MAHU Legislative Day

MAHU Legislative Day will be held on Tuesday, April 21st with registration beginning around 8:30 a.m.  The day will feature speakers, lunch with legislators and most importantly, legislative visits.  

We have many new legislators in Lansing 43 Representatives and 10 Senators.  This will be your opportunity to introduce yourself and explain what you do - we are the experts in our industry!  If you are not comfortable doing this on your own, don't worry, we will pair you up with someone that has experience.  

Visit the Events Tab of the WMAHU website for more details.

If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Cathy Cooper at [email protected] or 248-207-0858.  

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Community Service

Upcoming Community / Fundraising Events

2015 Spring Bowling Fundraiser
When:  April 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where:  Clique Lanes on Stocking Avenue in Downtown Grand Rapids
What’s Our Cause:  WMAHU will be supporting the West Michigan Kid’s Food Basket Program
Information can be found at
How Much:  $15 per person for an afternoon of bowling (shoes and fun included)
If you are interested in attending, please contact Howard Lancaster for additional details at [email protected].  If you have a team of 4 to 5, great! If you need a team, we’ll be happy to put one together for you! We have the entire upstairs at Clique reserved. There will be lots of fun activities planned.  Families are welcome!


2015 Golf Outing
When:  August 26, 2015
Where:  Thornapple Pointe Golf Club, 7211 48th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
What’s Our Cause:  WMAHU will be supporting In the Image
Information can be found at
Mark your calendars now!  Details to come.
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Please contact Kyle Miller for more information - [email protected]

HUPAC is the political action committee of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). It is the expression of our First Amendment rights to free speech and association guaranteed under the Constitution. Such political expression has become far more than a useful option for professionals in a heavily regulated business like the health insurance industry. It has become a necessity.

HUPAC is registered with the Federal Election Commission. Since NAHU and similar organizations are prohibited from making political contributions, HUPAC was created to allow contributors to combine their financial support to a candidate to achieve maximum effect.

HUPAC's Mission:

"The purpose of the National Association of Health Underwriter's (NAHU) Political Action Committee (HUPAC) is to raise funds from NAHU members for the purpose of supporting the political campaigns of candidates who believe in private sector solutions for the health and financial security of all Americans."

Why is HUPAC necessary?

Few other industries are as heavily regulated as health insurance. Therefore, your success, and that of your clients, is directly dependent upon the actions of Congress. It is absolutely critical that we help those members who are willing to consider our point of view in support of private sector health insurance.

To whom does HUPAC contribute?

HUPAC contributes to majority and minority party candidates, incumbents and challengers alike. Because it is non-partisan, it does not represent the interests of any political party.

Who can contribute to HUPAC?

Only NAHU members, their families and staff can contribute to HUPAC.

Clients of NAHU members may not contribute to HUPAC. All donations must be made by individuals--FEC regulations prohibit PAC contributions by corporations or companies.

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Professional Development

Professional Development

22 WMAHU members took advantage of the special Accident and Health Insurance Counselor (AHIC) course offered on January 20, 2015 to members at a highly discounted fee.  The course is designed to help agents wishing to obtain an Accident and Health Insurance Counselor License and/or for any agent needing Continuing Education credits toward the renewal of their State of Michigan Insurance License. 


WMAHU hosts Classroom Self-Funded Certification Course

When: Wednesday, May 20; Program start time: 1:00 pm; Program end time: 4:00 pm.

Where: Thousand Oaks Golf Club, 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Description:  Developed by experts in the market space, this three-hour course instruction will ensure that students understand the key technical components of self-funding and are better prepared to counsel their clients on the various benefits of elimination of most premium tax, lowering cost of administration, claims/ administration and customer service for employees.

Cost: $175 for NAHU Members;and $275 for non-members.



Additional professional development resources can be obtained at





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Welcome New Members

New members in October, November, December, January and February:

Donna Clark, Universal Insurance Services
Guylaine Donavan, Hylant
Kay Goodemoot, Solutions, Inc.
Bryan Janes, Benefit Consulting Group
Kevin Martinez, Grand Valley Health Plan
Randy Setsma, USI Midwest, LLC
Tim Sheets, Proggenity, Inc.
Michelle, Stouffer, HNI Risk Services
Kim Trent, ASR Health Benefits
Cassie Van Sprange, Priority Health
Michelle Vogel
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Calendar of Events

March 19 - 2015 WMAHU Expo, Crowne Plaza
March 25 - WMAHU Board Meeting, 8:30-10 am, Priority Health Conference Center
April 1 - WMAU Membership Meeting, 12-1:30 pm, Frederik Meijer Gardens
April 18 - Spring Bowling Fundraiser, 2-5 pm, Clique Lanes
April 21 - MAHU Legislative Day, Lansing
April 29 - WMAHU Board Meeting, 8:30-10 am, Prioirty Health Conference Center
May 6 - WMAHU Membership Meeting, 12-1:30 pm, Frederik Meijer Gardens
May 13 - MDAHU Expo, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
May 20 - Self-Funded Certification Course, 1-4 pm, Thousand Oaks Golf Club


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