ISAHU HUPAC Article for August 2021
Happy Indiana State Fair to all and hope many of you have had a chance to attend this year. (By the time this is printed, I will have been there 5 times! Absolutely the Best Fair in the Midwest.)
As I mention each month, HUPAC plays a vital role in NAHU’s legislative efforts and your generous contribution helps HUPAC carry out its mission of supporting candidates and members of Congress who believe in private-sector solutions for the health and financial security of all Americans.
And we are fortunate to have numerous volunteers willing to step up and serve on our HUPAC Board. I’m repeating this year’s list for your information.
Chairman Bill Hepscher, along with NAHU regional vice presidents and other HUPAC board members, hand-selected the following committee. Some are new members while others are returning board members.
HUPAC 2021-2022 Board Members
Chair Bill Hepscher
Vice Chair Ed Oleksiak
1 Erin Fisher
2 Chris Renkar
3 Mike Deagle
5 Terry Singleton
6 Roland Barrera
7 Cisco Rubio
8 Cathy Daugherty
AL Ray Magnuson
AL David Duker
Past President Terry Allard
These folks put in an extraordinary amount of their time and money to make HUPAC a “player” in DC. Our team in DC continues to pay attention and assist our legislators in making the best decisions on healthcare related matters. We need to also pay attention and communicate with our Congressional members to share the NAHU message.
As I always point out, it is vitally important to have a seat at the table at various ongoing meetings, discussions, events, etc. For as it’s often said – “If you’re not at the table, you’re probably on the menu”! And to be “at the table” it takes funds. NAHU’S staff continues to be extremely well respected in Washington and by association – HUPAC is as well. As previously mentioned, this relates to both sides of the aisle as HUPAC had a 93% success rate last November’s elections. Our HUPAC team has been and continues to be very successful in identifying the most influential legislators and regulators on healthcare. But it takes funds to make it possible for the NAHU message to really be heard.
As an example, HUPAC recently approved contributions to 9th District Congressman Trey Hollingsworth, 2nd District Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and 5th District Congresswoman Victoria Spartz. Checks have either been or will be presented at face to face meetings that they attend at Local Chapters. These folks are extremely open to input from NAHU and our members and support NAHU initiatives.
So once again, IF you are not already supporting HUPAC, we need you on board. While the Senate mix is evenly decided – 50-50, VP Harris has the deciding vote on many issues. The House is a much closer mix than for the last 2 years. Both of these factors heavily impact ongoing legislative efforts. And of course the overall next election cycle has already begun and it’s imperative that we have the funds to support those running for Federal Office in Washington, D.C. that support NAHU, the insurance industry and your clients.
I once again encourage you to get to know your US Senators and Representatives and their staffs so your voice can be heard both here at home as well as in D.C. Please do remember though that NAHU speaks with one voice and any message needs to follow NAHU initiatives and talking points.
For more information, feel welcome to reach out to me or your Local HUPAC Chairs. Or you can always go on www.HUPAC.org.
Let’s all work together in the coming months to make Indiana one of the top HUPAC contributing states!
Please continue to have a very Safe and Blessed 2021!
Dwight “D” Hall
ISAHU HUPAC Chair