Washington Association of

Health Underwriters

Day on the Hill Day on the Hill 2016  (WAHU/NAIFA)


January 26, 2016
Double Tree by Hilton (formerly the Phoenix Inn)
415 Capital Way North, Olympia, WA - MAP

Don't miss out -- mark it on your calendars now -- details to follow.

WAHU/EBPA–Joint Membership Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Join us for a state and federal legislative update, cosponsored with EBPA, where we will look at the upcoming critical legislative issues and how they are impacted by the 2016 election cycle.

2 CEs have been approved by the WAOIC for this program

Register online on the EBPA registration page
Registration code is WAHU.

State Legislative Update

  1. Budget and Taxes

    • Tax Preferences

      • Issues for Licensed Insurance Producers

    • 2015-'17 Operating Budget (ESSB 6052)

      • Overview

  2. Governor Inslee's Health Care Request Bill (ESSB 5084)

    • All Payer Claims Database

  3. Key Health Bills

    • Prior Authorization (ESHB 1471)

    • Standardized Filing Requirements (SSB 5023)

    • ACA 90-Day Grace Period (SB 5340)

    • Pharmacy Benefits Managers (4ESSB 5857)

    • Biosimilars/Interchangeable Biologics (ESB 5935)

    • Exchange Funding Structure (SB 6089)

    • Other

      • Electronic Transactions (ESB 5471)

  4. OIC Request Bills

    • NAIC Model Holding Company Act (SB 5717)

    • Other

  5. 2016 Election Cycle

  6. Question/Answers

Melvin N. Sorensen, a principal at Carney Badley Spellman, P.S., joined the firm in July 2000 with more than thirty years of experience representing insurers, health care interests and other regulated industries before the Washington State legislature and various state agencies. Mr. Sorensen's government relations practice emphasizes legislative and regulatory representation, including matters before the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Federal Legislative Update

  1. Insurance Reform

    • Cadillac Tax

    • Small Business Expansion

    • Insurance Merger Hearings

  2. Delivery System or Prescription Drug Reform

    • Mental Health

    • Electronic Health Records and Federal IT Plan

    • Payment Reform (SGR Repeal, ACOs)

    • 21st Century Cures

  3. Impact of Presidential Election on Federal Health Care Legislation

As Director of Health Care Policy, Julie Barnes, J.D. advances Cambia Health Solution's legislative, regulatory and investment efforts to promote a more affordable, transparent and sustainable health care system. Prior to her role with Cambia, Ms. Barnes was a health care consultant, policy analyst, health care attorney, and Capitol Hill staffer. Most recently, Ms. Barnes served as a Senior Advisor for Leavitt Partners, a consulting firm that advises a diverse set of health care industry clients about market and policy trends.


Register online on the EBPA registration page
Registration code is WAHU.

Online registration deadline is December 1.
Register by phone until noon on December 2 at 206-623-8632.
No refunds after December 1.

Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Ave, Seattle 98101  •  map

7:15-8:00 am  Registration, Breakfast, WAOIC sign in
8:00-8:50 am  Program
8:50-9:00 am  Break
9:00-9:50 am  Program
9:50-10:00 am  Q&A, WAOIC sign out

$60 members; $85 non-members and guests by registration deadline.
$75 members; $100 non-members and guests after deadline or at door.

Your WAOIC number is required on the sign in / sign out form in order to qualify for CE credits.

WAHU President's Letter to Membership

Dear WAHU Member,

I want to keep you informed of some of the things that the Washington Association of Health Underwriters does for members and the industry.

Due to the efforts of the WAHU lobbyist Mel Sorenson in conjunction with other industry association, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner has reversed their rules for WAC284-17-281.

WAC 284-17-281 would require a minimum of 2 attendees to any Continuing Education class for the credits to be valid.

This really helps the industry as a whole since there have been many instances where only one person attends due to traffic or other events beyond anyone’s control.

Please thank Mel for his work in keeping our industry strong and viable.

Strength in Membership!

Scot Kamimae
2015-2016 WAHU President


Health Underwriters Political Action Committee (HUPAC) is NAHU's political action committee.
You can contribute to it in either of two ways:

Contribute online: Go to HUPAC Donate Now page. Use your NAHU email address to log in.
Fax a completed HUPAC contributions form (PDF) to the fax number on the form.

See our HUPAC page for more information.

Do you have an upcoming Event?

Email your request to wahu@wahu-online.org along with event flyers
and we will post your event on our calendar.

Mission Statement

The Washington Association of Health Underwriters promotes the highest level of professional and ethical conduct amongst its membership. We deliver education, public policy information and policy recommendations to our members. In addition, we advocate consumer choice, accessible and affordable quality health care for our communities.

Code of Ethics

  • To hold the selling, service and administration of health insurance and related products and services as a professional and public trust and do all in my power to maintain its prestige.
  • To keep paramount the needs of those whom I serve.
  • To respect my clients' trust in me, and to never do anything which would betray their trust or confidence.
  • To give all service possible when service is needed.
  • To present policies factually and accurately, providing all information necessary for the issuance of sound insurance coverage to the public I serve.
  • To use no advertising which I know may be false or misleading.
  • To consider the sale, service and administration of health insurance and related products and services as a career, to know and abide by the laws of any jurisdiction Federal and State in which I practice and seek constantly to increase my knowledge and improve my ability to meet the needs of my clients.
  • To be fair and just to my competitors, and to engage in no practices which may reflect unfavorably on myself or my industry.
  • To treat prospects, clients and companies fairly by submitting applications which reveal all available information pertinent to underwriting a policy.
  • To extend honest and professional conduct to my clients, associates, fellow agents and brokers, and the company or companies whose products I represent.

The Fine Print

Event Registration

You will receive an email confirmation on successful online registration for an event and you will be added to the registration list for that event.

If for some reason you do not receive a confirmation email, you may email wahu@asi-seattle.net or call 206-623-8632 to confirm your reservation and/or to have a confirmation email sent to you.

Cancellation policy

Reservations must be cancelled on or before an event's cancellation deadline in order to receive a refund for that event. There are no refunds for an event that has no cancellation deadline.

Please email wahu@asi-seattle.net if you need more information.

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