April 2016  

President's Report

Hi All,

Mark your calendar and register now for the MAHU Benefits EXPO on April 21st, 2016. Read more about this exciting event in this newsletter.

June 2016 is the end of my MAHU Presidency. Shawn Brashears is your incoming President and we all need to support her in every way possible. The team at MAHU is second to none, it is truly a group effort and I thank each and every board member for their support. Having Shawn as the incoming President certainly made my term an easy one.

Along with Bryson Popham and his team we dodged more legislative bullets that would have been detrimental to our livelihood and reduced competition for our clients.

Changing gears, I will continue to be involved in our association as it is vital to our survival. I will return from the NAHU Convention as your Region II HUPAC chair. You never know, the red white blue war paint might come out of retirement….

Ladies and gentleman HUPAC needs your support. If your thoughts, are, does NAHU & HUPAC really get the job done and why should I contribute? Do the legislators really listen? Please give me a call, send me an email, let’s talk.

I look forward to seeing you on April 21st at the MAHU Benefits EXPO.


Alan Schulman CFP

The Meltzer Group| 6500 Rock Spring Drive | Suite 410 | Bethesda, MD 20817O: 301-214-7035 | [email protected] |

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Welcome New Members

Growing our membership is vital to our organization. A portion of your NAHU dues goes to your MAHU chapter so that we can help support our members with legislation that confirms the value you bring to your clients every day.

To make it easier for any of you who will need to be renewing your NAHU membership soon, you now have the option to do that via a monthly bank draft. Your monthly cost is only about $32/month (varies slightly depending on which local chapter of MAHU you belong to). You can click on the link below to go to the page on the NAHU site to select your local chapter and arrange to have $32/monthly drawn from your bank account. Then you don’t have to think about renewing annually, and the monthly payment may be easier on your wallet.

Sign up here!

Welcome new and renewing members since October 2015!

Michael Brashears

Dominion Dental

Joseph Crawford, IV

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

Tim Cummons


Jane W. Davis

Heritage Financial Consultants

Kelly Ebner

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Sarah Ehrlich

The L. Warner Companies, Inc.

Randy Evensen

Jennifer Geci

The Warner Companies

Christina M. Gutierrez

American Fidelity Assurance

Teddy Hoover

Gallagher Benefits

Lauren Landau

The Insurance Exchange

David Lauritzen

Care First

Amanda LaVoie

Alonzo M. Mays

Kaiser Permanente

Mary Oden

The Insurance Exchange

Paul Parker

Sun Life Financial

Sharon Pinckney


Brooks Hunter Robinson

The Standard

Julia M. Salamon

Crawford Advisors

Kristina Schenk

Principal Financial Group

Len Sherman

Evergreen Health

Daniel Adam Single

Benefit Indemnity Corporation

Chrissy Sobotka

Evergreen Health

Walter Brent Starling


Eric Thomas

The Thomas Group

Christina Lynn Turner

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Solon Webb


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Calendar of Events

April 21, 2016 - MAHU Symposium

April 22, 2016 - Greater Chesapeake Charitable Foundation (GCCF)  Third Annual Oyster and Bull Roast

April 28, 2016- ESAHU Membership Meeting

May 9, 2016- GWAHU Charity Golf Event

June 26-29, 2016- 2016 NAHU Annual Convention & Exhibition, Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM

July 14, 2016- 14th Annual Crabaret (House of Ruth Charity Event)

13th Annual Benefits Expo & Awards Dinner


April 21, 2016
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Maryland Live! Casino
7002 Arundel Mills Cir, #777
Hanover, MD 21076


Join us at Maryland Live! for a day of education and insight about the ACA and it's impact on our business community. CE's available.

 We encourage you to invite HR Professionals and Business Owners!


  • 8:00am- 9:00am: Registration and Breakfast


  • 9:00am- 9:30am: Opening comments The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Jr., Chairman & Co-Founder KELLY


  • 9:30am- 10:30am: Hospitals Experience with the ACA Dr. Mohan Suntha, President & CEO St. Joseph Medical Center


  • 10:30am- 11:30am: Panel Discussion- Insight about the Impact of the ACA on Health Carriers Aetna, Evergreen, Kaiser and United Healthcare


  • 11:30am- 1:00pm: Complimentary Lunch


  • 1:00pm- 2:00pm: Utilizing Social Media Tools to Enhance Your Business Alexia Clincy


  • 2:00pm- 3:00pm: Next Gen Consumerism- Telehealth & Advocacy Reid Rasmussen, Co-Founder & CEO freshbenies


  • 3:15pm- 4:15pm: Volume to Value- Advantages of Collaborative Care Models Dr. Frank Brown, Market Medical Executive CIGNA


  • 4:30pm- 6:30pm- Cockail Reception


  • 6:30pm- 9:30pm- Awards Dinner


 Purchase of program ticket includes free valet parking, complimentary breakfast and lunch at the Maryland Live Buffet and a $20 token to Maryland Live!


For questions contact Shawn Brashears: [email protected].

Interested in sponsorship oppurtunities? Contact Sean Ruder:  [email protected]


Please join the Greater Chesapeake Charitable Foundation (GCCF) for our Third Annual Oyster and Bull Roast! The event will take place on April 22, 2016, 7:00 pm at Tall Cedars in Parkville, MD.

GCCF is a Foundation made up of insurance and financial professionals in the Maryland area and represents the following industry associations: Baltimore Association of Health Underwriters (BAHU), Maryland CPCU Society Chapter, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and the Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP).

Our mission is to help those in need. We do this by collecting toys for local children’s hospitals, clothing for in-need professionals, and supporting local charities and projects…and that’s just the beginning. Help us continue to give back to our community!

Your support of the GCCF Oyster and Bull Roast will go a long way towards serving the Marylanders in need. Proceeds will benefit Catch a Lift Foundation,, Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation,, and the Baltimore County Police Department.

Ticket Price: $50 per person / $475 for table of ten

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here: GCCF Oyster and Bull Roast. Payment by check is also accepted. Check payable to GCCF mailed to 1447 York Road, Suite 801, Lutherville, MD 21093, attn: Melanie Morris.

For more information about GCCF, please visit

Should you have any questions, please contact Katie Caple at 410-427-6430 or via e-mail at [email protected].

April 28, 2016- ESAHU Member Meeting

Self-Funding for Small Employers

April 28, 2016
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Jimmie & Sooks
527 Poplar St
Cambridge, MD 21613

Meeting on Thursday, April 28th

May 9, 2016- GWAHU Charity Golf Event

Please consider joining us as a sponsor and or player as we hold our 20th annual GWAHU Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 9th, 2016.  We are proud to once again support CureSearch ( with a portion of our proceeds.

 We are accepting sponsors for the attached opportunites. We typically have over 100 golfers in attendance. Past sponsors have been very happy  with the attention and response that they have gotten from this event. You will have a "captive" audience for the entire day.

We have a great event planned with golf/lunch/cocktails and dinner/auction. We also have a family who will be speaking at dinner who has had a child who has worked with CureSearch to help find cures and treatment for cancer.

 We look forward to hearing from you on what sponsorship opportunity works best for you. We would also appreciate any donations for the auction.

Click HERE to purchase a sponsorship!


Joel Pitt

President, Greater Washington Association of Health Underwriters
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