ShawHankins participated in the Georgia Associations of Health Underwriters, GAHU, annual Day at the Capitol in Atlanta on February 7, 2017. This event allows insurance agents, brokers, administrators, companies and legislators from across the state to come together to advocate for GAHU’s legislative initiatives. GAHU members help determine these initiatives.
GAHU is an organization of insurance professionals who have joined together to strengthen the private health care financing marketplace in Georgia and for all Americans. The event was informative and brought together diverse regional backgrounds, perspectives and productive discussions on the best ways to push meaningful reform and educate lawmakers and state leaders on the issues related to healthcare and insurance in Georgia.
Speakers included Ralph T. Hudgens, Georgia Commissioner of Insurance and Fire Safety, who shared his perspective on relations with other state insurance commissions and NAHU, National Associations of Health Underwriters. Lindsay N. Scott, Legislative Liaison to Commissioner Hudgens, also discussed House Bill 64, also known as “Protection and Guarantee of Services for Health Insurance Consumers Act.” Representative Shaw Blackmon elaborated on the intent of HB 64, which is meant compensate small group and individual health plan agents in the same way large group health plans compensate through commissions.
Ms. Scott also discussed House Bill 240, which would require representatives of professional employer organizations who counsel, advise or render opinions on insurance directly, and not through an agent or broker, to be licensed.
Also in attendance were members of the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee, the House Insurance Committee, the House Health and Human Services Committee and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
Following the speakers and a nice lunch, we made our way over to the Capitol to visit with some of our local senators and representatives. Our day in the big city was informative and interesting to say the least. Now we wait to see what our 154th General Assembly is able to do for its Georgia constituents.