Happy Belated 4th of July to all and hope it was an enjoyable day for all!
Besides some of the normal information this month, I wanted to share some HUPAC data from our folks in DC to provide current background on our national HUPAC team and their efforts.
The following is taken from a publication I receive –
Thanks to NAHU members across the country, HUPAC raised over $78,000 at Annual Convention! We exceeded our goal of $75,000. Over 482 of the 750+ conference attendees donated to HUPAC, along with many others who could not join us but still supported HUPAC.
We also raised $45,735 for the Administrative Fund, mainly from generous chapter donations. The Metro Detroit AHU and the Los Angeles AHU both contributed $5,000 to support the Administrative Fund! $32,504 was raised to support the Candidate Fund from individual members supporting HUPAC. The HUPAC Board alone donated over $6,000 from their own pockets this week!
HUPAC plays a vital role in NAHU’s legislative efforts and your generous contribution helps HUPAC carries 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.
After Annual Convention ended, six current HUPAC Board members retired from their positions. While HUPAC will miss them immensely, we are forever grateful for their record-breaking efforts this year during unprecedented times. Some of the members are stepping down while others are moving on to other roles within NAHU. The HUPAC Board is losing Region 3 Chair Cathy Cooper, Region 4 Chair Bridgette Ebben, Region 5 Chair Mychal Walker, Region 7 Chair Bradley Miles, At Large Chair Mike Gray and At Large Chair Mike Embry. We wish them all every success in their future endeavors!
We are excited to welcome our new HUPAC Board of Trustees for this year. 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
As you can see, a lot of 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.
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 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