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California Association of Health Underwriters: California Agents and Health Insurance Professionals

California Association of Health Underwriters: California Agents and Health Insurance Professionals

By CAHU
This CAHU Podcast Series was developed by the Orange County Association of Health Underwriters (OCAHU) for the benefit of The California Association of Health Underwriters’ members and their employer and individual consumer clients. We will bring you important legislative and other updates, designed to assist our members and allow them to share with their employer and consumer clients. This Podcast Series is hosted by Dorothy Cociu, RHU, REBC, GBA, RPA, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs for the Orange County Association of Health Underwriters. For more information on consumer
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How Close Did We Come to Single Payer Healthcare in California?
CAHIP VP of Communications Dorothy Cociu interviews Faith Borges, Legislative Advocate for the California Agents and Health Insurance Professionals (CAHIP) and Dawn McFarland, VP of Legislation for CAHIP, on the latest and most serious threat to our current health care system in California, with the recent single payer healthcare bill, AB-1400, and the companion Assembly Constitutional Amendment, ACA 11. This was the second serious scare of single payer in 5 years for California, but this one was a double threat, as it included the funding source to pay for Single Payer in a constitutional amendment with nearly $290 Billion in new corporate and individual taxes. What happened, why did it happen, and why did it fail? Learn why this is a continuing threat in California; how we could lose our employer sponsored coverage, individual coverage, Medicare, Medi-Cal and all other forms of healthcare coverage in California!
39:43
February 27, 2022
Medicare Updates, Part 2 – Helpful Tools for Agents
Host Dorothy Cociu, CAHU V.P. of Communications, interviews Maggie Stedt, CAHU Immediate Past President and Medicare Agent, and David Garcia, CAHU Medicare Chair and Medicare expert, on the important information that agents need to know during this Medicare Open Enrollment season. Bruce Benton, CAHU V.P. of Public Affairs, is also on hand. In this episode, we discuss what it’s like serving seniors, recommendations on how to respond to TV or radio ads that may be misleading, the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement coverage, Part B give-back, drug coverage updates, coverage postponements and penalties, the top 3 things agents need to know this Medicare season, and more! Join us for this informative podcast.
44:31
November 30, 2021
Medicare Updates, Part 1
In Part 1 of a 2-Part Podcast Series on Medicare Open Enrollment for 2021-2022, Dorothy Cociu, CAHU VP of Communications interviews Maggie Stedt, CAHU Immediate Past President and Medicare Expert, and David Garcia, CAHU Medicare Chair, about the current open enrollment period for Medicare for 2022 enrollment, and how it affects Medicare Enrollees, Consumers and Employers. We discuss the most important things to know for 2022, what seniors can do during open enrollment, the most common questions seniors have when signing up for Medicare, and needed information about prescription drug plans, Medicare Supplement plans, the pros and cons of dropping off of a group health plan, and how agents can assist them. Join us for Part 1 of this 2-Part Podcast!
41:38
November 24, 2021
No Surprises Act, Part 2 of 2 Part Series
In Part 2 of our 2-Part Series on Surprise Billing Legislation, host Dorothy Cociu, CAHU VP of Communications, interviews Ryan Day, President, and Collen Dempewolf, Director, Strategic Product Development, of HS Technologies, a Referenced Based Pricing Vendor, on the No Surprises Act’s impact on health plans. They discuss how plans without networks will be treated under the Act, how referenced based pricing plans are impacted, and how communication and cooperation with claims administrators will be required. They also discuss how the Qualifying Payment Amount and Independent Dispute Resolution process will work, whether RBP payment amounts to providers may need to change, and if possible “one-off” agreements, direct provider contracting and other options may be more common for RBP plans due to the Act.  CAHU VP of Public Affairs Bruce Benton and CAHU VP of Professional Development join Dorothy in providing this informative podcast.
33:07
November 23, 2021
CAA’s No Surprises Act, Part 1 of a 2 Part Series
CAHU’s VP of Communications, Dorothy Cociu, VP of Public Affairs, Bruce Benton, and VP of Professional Development, Jack Holder, are pleased to share this podcast with CAHU members and the public. Host Dorothy Cociu and special guest Marilyn Monahan, of Monahan Law office, discuss the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) interim final rule for the No Surprises Act, Part 1. This act focuses on surprise billing for emergency services, as well as billing practices in certain non-network situations by limiting the amount payable to the network rate. Marilyn and Dorothy share the employer plan sponsor concerns, administrative concerns and many new obligations for health plans and issuers. This is a must-listen podcast for health agents and their plan sponsor employers! (Modified from it’s original recording for CAHU use).
01:01:32
November 12, 2021
Cybersecurity Part 2
In Part 2 of this 2-Part Podcast, CAHU V.P of Communications Dorothy Cociu continues her discussions with Ted Mayeshiba and Ted Flittner, Principals of Aditi Group, an IT Security/HIPAA Security/Cybersecurity firm, and Bruce Benton, a life and health and P&C agent, and Vice President, Public Affairs of the California Association of Health Underwriters on how to be better protected against Cyber Attacks. We discuss how to stay safe while traveling, working from home risks, potential new cybersecurity regulations, the importance of proper training, and we look at Cyber Liability Insurance and why it’s so important today.
37:59
September 01, 2021
Cybersecurity Part 1
In Part 1 of this 2-Part Podcast, CAHU Vice President, Communications Dorothy Cociu interviews Ted Mayeshiba and Ted Flittner, Principals of Aditi Group, an IT Security/HIPAA Security/Cybersecurity firm about the importance of Cybersecurity and how employers can protect themselves. Bruce Benton, a life and health and P&C agent, and Vice President, Public Affairs of the California Association of Health Underwriters is also on-hand. In Part 1, we discuss the growing trend of electronic hacking and cyber attacks that have affected nearly every type of industry, and more specifically, on recent attacks that have had a serious impact on consumers and our infrastructure. We discuss what happened in some of the cases that hit the news, and we talk about what companies can do to stay safe and try to avoid these types of attacks. We will focus heavily on the “weakest link” – your own employees or employees of your employer clients, and how to protect your company’s critical data.
42:44
August 31, 2021
Federal Legislative and Election Updates 2020, Featuring Marcy Buckner, Senior V.P. of Government Affairs for NAHU - Part 2 of 2
CAHU VP of Communications interviews Marcy Buckner, VP of Government Affairs of NAHU on the legislative successes in 2019, COVID-19 Legislative Updates, Trump Executive Orders, the Biden-Harris democratic ticket, and her thoughts on whether Harris’ liberal views on healthcare will sway Biden’s health care policy. This is Part 2 of a 2-Part podcast.
42:47
October 20, 2020
Federal Legislative and Election Updates 2020, Featuring Marcy Buckner, Senior V.P. of Government Affairs for NAHU
CAHU VP of Communications interviews Marcy Buckner, VP of Government Affairs of NAHU on the legislative successes in 2019, COVID-19 Legislative Updates, Trump Executive Orders, the Biden-Harris democratic ticket, and her thoughts on whether Harris’ liberal views on healthcare will sway Biden’s health care policy. This is Part 1 of a 2-Part podcast.
37:12
October 09, 2020
CAHU Legislative Update August-September, 2020 – Road Map to Single Payer Health Care?
This podcast will update our members and the public on current State of California legislative activities, including the upcoming elections and the election process in California. We’ll also delve into a recent report prepared by the Health California For All Commission, which looks into a “Unified Financing” system for California, which many believe is a road map to Single Payer health care. CAHU VP of Communications Dorothy Cociu interviews Brad Davis, CAHU VP Legislation, and Faith Borges, CAHU Legislative Advocate, on the important legislative updates our members and the California consumer public should know about.
45:34
September 15, 2020
Federal Legislative Update & Presidential Candidates' Healthcare Platforms from Marcy Buckner at Capital Conference 2020
OCAHU’s Dorothy Cociu interviews Marcy Buckner, Vice President, Government Affairs at NAHU on in force legislation, proposed legislation, and most importantly, the Presidential Race.  Marcy breaks down the candidates’ platforms and how they differ, including their Medicare for All and Public Option plans, and why those plans would cause major upheaval in the health care marketplace.  We hope CAHU Members will listen, and share this podcast with their employer clients and consumers.   Additional Show Notes: See the Surprise Medical Billing infographic.
46:21
March 02, 2020
Federal Legislative Update: Medicare-for-All, Single Payer Options, Health Plan Terminology and Presidential Candidate Health Plan Comparisons for Employers & Consumers
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, who provides a frank outlook on the current state of health care reform in Washington. Janet provides a mini glossary of terms, the differences between Universal Coverage, Universal Access to Health Care, Medicare-for-All, other single payer proposals, public options, and a look at Presidential Candidates and what health plans would look like if elected.
33:13
October 29, 2019
California State Legislative Update- A Discussion on Health Plan, Health Insurance and Related State Legislation for Employers & Consumers
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Faith Borges, Cal-Advocates and Jim Morrison, V.P. of Legislation of the California Association of Health Underwriters, who update employers and consumers on state issues such as AB-5 (Independent Contractor Law), Surprise Billing Bills and other state legislation.
26:12
October 25, 2019