Now is the time to begin thinking about scheduling your appointments with members of your congressional delegation. While the recess is still weeks away, congressional schedules for the in-district work period may already be filling up. Undoubtedly, members of Congress will be hearing from advocates pushing proposals that would undermine the existing healthcare system, such as single-payer and eliminating the employer exclusion, and that is why we want to be sure that every federal legislator also hears directly from NAHU agents and brokers during the recess and why it is crucial to get your meeting on the calendar early.
If you have already scheduled an appointment, please let us know about it here. This way we can help circle back on the meetings back here in D.C. We’ll be monitoring who logs appointments and reaching out to those with meetings to provide customized talking points based on the legislator and type of meeting. NAHU lobbies on behalf of agents and brokers on a daily basis, and chances are we’ve met with your representative or senator here in Washington. We’d love to discuss the relationship and the conversations we’ve already had with your legislator before you go into your meetings, but we can’t do that unless we know when your meetings are. If you haven’t yet made an appointment, first check with your state and local chapters on the possibility of a group meeting. To make an appointment, visit your member’s website and contact the district office closest to you.
Unlike meeting back in Washington, D.C., which you’re able to do during our annual Capitol Conference events, and which NAHU staff does regularly throughout the year, the summer recess and district work periods provide the opportunity for more informal and intimate conversations. This is the time to discuss the real issues that your clients are facing and will be facing in the coming years as health reform continues to be implemented. This is your chance to give your federal legislators first-hand accounts of why our priority legislation must pass. Explain why the employer tax exclusion is so important for maintaining the existing healthcare delivery system and the damage that could happen if this were eliminated or capped. Share how your clients could be directly impacted by the Cadillac/excise tax and the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which are currently under a two-year delay and one-year moratorium, respectively. And of course, demonstrate the tremendous value that you bring to your clients and why passing the MLR broker bill is so important to keeping you in business helping your clients navigate the complex world of healthcare reform.
If you have any questions on the summer recess, please send us a message!