Every year in February or March, we head to Washington D.C. for the annual Capitol Conference for our Association (National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professional, NABIP; formerly National Association of Health Underwriters, NAHU).
The last couple of years were not the same (due to COVID), but it was great to be back in person this year.
There are key issues (or Talking Points) that our group focuses on each year. We schedule meetings with our Congressman/Congresswoman to discuss these key issues and ask for support to improve the healthcare system.
This year, we met with our new Congressman (Tom Kean, Jr) and we focused on the issues mentioned below:
As a member of the Medicare Advisory Group of NABIP, the Medicare issues are always close to my heart so I took the lead in discussing these items with Congressman Kean. He seemed supportive and we look forward to continued discussions to continue to improve the healthcare system for Medicare Beneficiaries and all Americans.
CMS COO - Jonathan blum
At this year's conference, I also had the honor of introducing one of our key speakers, Jonathan Blum (CMS Principal Deputy Administrator & Chief Operating Officer).
Mr. Blum spoke about some of the changes CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) has been making to reduce Medicare complaints and improve the overall experience. There were loud cheers in the audience when Mr. Blum mentioned the additional work his team is doing to limit the misleading and confusing TV Commercials related to Medicare Plans. He also mentioned the results have already started to show with a large reduction in Medicare complaints from 2021 to 2022.
If you are ever in Washington D.C. and you need your shoes shined, Dino Wright is the man to see! Every year, we see Dino at the Hyatt in Capitol Hill and he does an amazing job getting our shoes ready to go.
Dino is also an incredibly nice guy and great conversationalist; always enjoy our chats and hearing the updates regarding his children's achievements!
See bio here