May 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Corner

With May nearly in our rear-view mirror, school only days away from being out and the 2017 Texas Legislative Session coming to an end, you might agree that is has been quite a fast-moving  Spring!

The financial results are now in for our Professional Development Day held this year on April 5th.  Thanks to our amazing sponsors and members, our profit was over $6500 which surpasses last year by over $1500!  A special shout out to our Education Sponsor – Humana.

We kicked off May with the AAHU Annual Golf Tournament.  This year’s event at Twin Creeks brought amazing weather and overwhelming participation making it one of our most successful tournaments to date with a profit of over $7k going to our Chapter.  A special thanks to this year’s Title sponsor – Cigna.

For those attending the TAHU 29th Annual Convention in Houston, we couldn’t have been prouder when they called out the name of this year’s Legislative Award recipient - JESSICA WATTS.  A truly well-deserved recognition!

If you were not able to join us for the May luncheon, you missed an outstanding presentation by Dave Antongiovanni, Regional Sales Director of Maxor National Pharmacy Services Company.  His CE on Specialty Drugs was both informational and thought provoking and truly member engaging.

So what’s next?

You are not going to want to miss our great luncheon speakers lined up for you this summer (register at

Rita Rolf, Texas Regional Sales Manager, Kansas City Life Group Benefits, will be presenting a 1-hour CE on “Disability Protection OR Ability Protection – Why Should You Be Talking About It” at our next luncheon on June 8th.

Nedra Clingen, TAHU Secretary 2017-18, Renaissance Dental, Senior Account Executive will be presenting a 1-hour CE on “The Eyes Have it – and So Do the Teeth!” on July 13th.

John Farnsley, Executive Vice President Caprock Health Group will be presenting a 2-hour CE on “The Concepts and Design of Self-Funding” on August 10th.

Carla Adams, Regional Sales Director TASC will be presenting a 1-hour CE on “ERISA Compliance 2.0:  Pitfalls, Penalties and Predicaments”, followed by a second 1-hour CE on “Benefit Continuation:  COBRA and FMLA”

You can still register for the NAHU National Convention in Orlando, Fl on June 25-28th.  This is a great opportunity to get the tools and information you need to grow and manage your business in these changing times.

The Regions 6 & & NAHU Leadership Conference 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ on August 10-11th is another opportunity to network with leaders from around the Country, sharing ideas and experience.

Register for both of these great events at

Here’s to a Wonderful Summer!


Kevin Jaques |President
Austin Association of Health Underwriters


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AAHU Golf Tournament

Thank you everyone for a great 2017 AAHU Golf Tournament!  We had an outstanding and record-breaking 22 teams participate this year!

Congratulations to our YETI Tundra winner, Courtney Klaverweiden, and $500 raffle fundraiser winner, John Conkling.  We want to specifically thank our Title Sponsor, Seton, our beverage carts sponsor, Colonial Life, and Enchanted Rock Vodka and Rebecca Creek Whiskey for their alcohol sponsorship.  

Kevin Wolter

Heather Phipps

Membership Culture/Special Projects

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Legislative Update

The Texas legislature is a challenging and exciting body, constantly in motion and subject to change. But events become even more intense as you approach the end of the Regular Session on May 29th, the 140th day (Sine die). So with many issues still up in the air, I would like to highlight just one facet of the Texas legislative process. It is an example of how events can be altered by a few legislators, particularly when they employ skillful timing to accomplish a given result.

As reported in a recent article, "The last weeks of the session in the Texas Legislature biennial, 140-day marathons are almost always fractious. Long days get longer, bill-killing deadlines come and go, tempers fray and emotions boil over." One deadline was last Thursday when all bills to be considered by the House, had to be submitted by midnight. If they were not submitted, the bills died and would never be considered during this session.

In an effort to streamline the legislative process, the Texas House has two calendars for considering bills. The House Calendar, which has requirements for debate and discussion. The other calendar is the "Local, Consent and Resolutions Calendar", which is comprised of bills that are "Noncontroversial" and require little to no discussion. This effectively speeds up the legislative process

With the clock ticking toward midnight last Thursday, a group of legislators joined forces to move bills from the Local, Consent and Resolutions Calendar to the House Calendar. When five (5) legislators request it, a bill will be moved from one calendar to the regular House Calendar. By employing this parliamentary tactic and with the timing that was used, it meant that the House Calendar became so burdened with bills that there was an overwhelming backlog. Since the bills could not be heard within the time constraints of midnight Thursday, over 100 bills were killed in what has been termed the "Mother's Day Massacre".

Playing on the political playground can be tricky and challenging. Sometimes by employing parliamentary procedures and specific timing, the playground can become a minefield for legislation. The Texas Legislature has many unique features, this being one of them.

Once the dust has settled, I will present an overview of the 85th Regular Session. But now is the time to prepare for the next session, plan to stay involved.

Ron Buffum

AAHU Legislative Chair

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Thank you United Healthcare for your Support of AAHU

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Tech Bytes

Update your Profile - Have you updated your contact information lately?  When you renew your NAHU dues,  that information in your profile is downloaded each month to our local database. We use that for our communications via email to our local members and for you to register for our events. 

So please check your member profile at and update your info today!  We also have an Austin member login so be sure that you have your own personal login to gain access.

AAHU Membership for Associate Members - If you know anyone who is a member of another NAHU chapter, they can be an Associate Member of Austin AHU. Registration and dues for our chapter are renewed on an annual basis beginning on January 1 of each year. Current Associate members can attend our local luncheons and events at MEMBER pricing.  Go to and see the section called Associate Member Application under the JOIN link on the left column of our Home Page. Rates will be pro-rated through the remainder of each calendar year. 

Questions?  Email  or 

Linda New

AAHU Technology Chair/ AAHU Trustee

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Calendar of Events

Come join us in June!!

June Monthly Luncheon Thursday, June 8th!

What time? Registration begins at 11:00 am and the program begins at 11:30 am. 

Where? Chez Zee- 5406 Balcones Drive, Austin, TX 78731

Rita E. Rolf, CRPS (Kansas City Life Insurance Company) presents a 1 hour CE course entitled, "Disability Protection or Ability Protection?"

Disability Protection or Ability Protection?  Why should you be talking about it?  There are many reasons that employees need disability coverage.  This presentation will give you insight on the need for coverage and the programs, both private and public, that are available when an individual experiences a disabling event. You will learn valuable information which you can share with your clients on the benefits of having a salary continuation program and how it benefits employees and employers.  

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AAHU Advantages

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Thank you Humana for your Support of AAHU

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