18 Nov

NAHU New Member Promotion Pays $250

 

NAHU

Did you know you can earn $250 for every 4 new members you refer to NAHU between June 1st and December 31st, 2014?  Time IS running out so when you’re talking to your industry contacts ask them if they are a NAHU member already.  

Need help with your NAHU elevator speech?

NAHU represents over 100,000 agents, brokers and benefit professionals.
The small monthly dues that I pay are worth it because no other organization fights as hard for me and
my clients. NAHU continues to be a strong voice on Capitol Hill.  NAHU has an “operation shout”  that
allows me and my clients direct access to my members of congress to express our concerns over current
legislation that they are voting on.
I get email updates on news and legislation as well as powerpoint presentations that I can use for my
clients and prospective clients.  This helps me keep my business and my clients prepared for anything.  I
also have the opportunity to attend regular networking meetings that give me critical tools to help me
grow my business.
If you are in this business and making a living you owe it to your clients and your industry to support the
organization that is supporting and fighting for your livelihood!!  You need to be a member!

Membership applications can be found HERE or visit NAHU for more information.

13 Nov

Republican Election Wave Misses Oregon

Democrats Make Gains in the Legislature 

By Doug Barber, OAHU Lobbyist

 

In the Oregon Legislature, Democrats picked up one seat in the House and two seats in the Senate, strengthening their majorities in each chamber. For the 2015 session, the House will be 35 D – 25 R. The Senate will likely be 18 D – 12 R.  Combined with John Kitzhaber’s re-election, this gives Democrats dominant control of the legislative process in the upcoming session.

In the House, the only seat that changed parties was in Salem where Rep. Vicki Berger (R) did not run for re-election. In the Senate, Republican incumbent Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany) was defeated and, though the final vote has not been certified, it looks like Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) will also lose his seat.

2015 Session

Unlike the 2009, 2011 and to a lesser extent the 2013 sessions, health care issues are not expected to dominate the 2015 legislative session. Other issues will take center stage including:

  • K-12 funding, including all-day kindergarten
  • Transportation – funding for road maintenance and construction as well as non-highway transportation projects and
  • Implementation of the marijuana legalization measure.

Previous sessions, when there have been large Democratic majorities, have been challenging for business. Unions tend to have the upper hand and push bills that could be expensive for business to implement. One example of this in the 2015 session is likely to be a statewide sick leave policy.

One of the biggest health care challenges that will be on the agenda in 2015 is the health- care workforce shortage. The Oregon Health Plan is scrambling to find enough primary care providers to serve the 338,00 who enrolled in OHP last year. Another 83,800 enrolled in Qualified Health Plans (QHP) through Cover Oregon. As a result, commercial insurers are also feeling the squeeze on primary care providers.

Four state-funded programs, designed to support primary care and rural health care providers, will all be up for reconsideration:

  1. Loan Repayment provided $1 million to help doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists and others pay off their student loans in exchange for working in rural or underserved urban sites.
  2. Loan Forgiveness pays up to $35,000 in tuition for medical school and nurse practitioners who agree to serve in rural Oregon when they graduate.
  3. Rural health tax credit gives a $5,000 per year tax credit to health care providers in rural Oregon.
  4. Rural malpractice subsidy pays a sliding-scale percentage of the malpractice insurance costs for rural providers. Those who deliver babies receive the highest percentage.

So while health care will not be the focal point of the 2015 legislative session, there will be plenty of bills to keep us busy. We won’t see most of the policy proposals, including proposed new insurance mandates, which seem to pop up every session, until the new legislature meets for organizational days in January.

Upcoming dates to keep an eye on:

  • December 1 when the Governor is expected to release his proposed 2015-2017 budget
  • Late December when the House Speaker and Senate President announce the membership of the new legislative committees for the 2015 session.

 

For questions or comments contact Doug Barber, OAHU Lobbyist, 541-221-3072doug@lobbyoregon.com.

Doug Barber

 

13 Nov

A candid interview with Sally Kallianis, PAHU’s incoming President

Meet Sally Kallianis, PAHU’S incoming Board President for the July 2015-July 2016 term.  Sally has served on both the State (OAHU) and Portland (PAHU) boards and is one of the masterminds behind the Agents Are the Answer campaign.Sally has proven herself to be a stellar leader, but who knew she was so cool.

sally_interviewName: Sally Kallianis

Title: Sales Representative

Business: Willamette Dental Group

Location: Hillsboro

City you live in: Newberg

First Job: Hostess at the Chart House (Montara,CA)

Dream Job: Organic Farmer or Drag Racer

Favorite Restaurant in Portland: Café Castagna- The arancini are to die for.  Find a seat on the outdoor patio during good weather – very European.

Favorite outdoor-space in Portland: Lan Su Chinese Garden. A gorgeous oasis in the city.

Finish this sentence…”I’m at my happiest when..”   I’m with my family watching an SF Giants game.

The most funny movie I have ever seen is… Ahhhhh, it’s so hard to pick just one!  If I have to choose, Office Space.

Advice for my future self  Stay flexible – figuratively & literally.

Group/organization/demographic you are most driven to help:  I feel so honored to work on Willamette Dental Group’s $1 Million employee giving campaign to support the Knight Cancer Challenge.  We have such a unique and important opportunity to change the game when it comes to curing and preventing cancer.  And it can happen in our own backyard!

I complain the most about… Indifference & apathy. Everyone doing a little yields a lot.

When I have an out-of-town visitor, the top 3 things they should do in Oregon are…

1) Tour Willamette Valley wine country

2) Visit Bend

3) Get a scoop at Salt & Straw

The quickest way to make me mad is to… Litter/Hurt Animals/Be a Dodger Fan

If you could get tickets to any concert who would you see? A really diverse festival like FarmAid or Bonaroo.

 

If you have comments or questions for Sally she’d like to hear from you at  skallianis@willamettedental.com or 503-952-2185.