Health Underwriters Political Action Committee (HUPAC)
What is HUPAC?
HUPAC is NAHU's political action committee. It is the expression of our First Amendment rights to free speech and association guaranteed under the Constitution. Such political expression has become far more than a useful option for professionals in a heavily regulated business like the health insurance industry. It has become a necessity.
HUPAC is registered with the U.S. Federal Election Commission. Since NAHU and similar organizations are prohibited from making political contributions, HUPAC was created to allow contributors to combine their financial support to a candidate to achieve maximum effect.
Why is HUPAC necessary?
Few other industries are as heavily regulated as health insurance. Therefore, your success, and that of your clients, is directly dependent upon the actions of Congress. It is absolutely critical that we help those members who are willing to consider our point of view in support of private sector health insurance.
To whom does HUPAC contribute?
HUPAC contributes to majority and minority party candidates, incumbents and challengers alike. Because it is non-partisan, it does not represent the interests of any political party.
For a summary of NAHU’s federal legislative priorities in 2017, download the pdf below.
Additional summaries of NAHU’s past federal legislative priorities can be downloaded, below.
Who can contribute to HUPAC?
Only NAHU members, their families and staff can contribute to HUPAC.
Clients of NAHU members may not contribute to HUPAC. All donations must be made by individuals--FEC regulations prohibit PAC contributions by corporations or companies.
How can I contribute to HUPAC?
You can contribute in either of two ways:
Contribute online using your NAHU login:
Fax a completed HUPAC contributions form (PDF) to the fax number on the form.
How else can I contribute to HUPAC?
Typically, throughout the year HUPAC has other opportunities for giving at the Capitol Conference, Annual Convention and state chapter and association meetings. NAHU members may contribute to HUPAC at anytime.
How much can I contribute to HUPAC annually?
Under federal law, NAHU members can contribute up to $5000 annually to HUPAC.
How does HUPAC decide on contributions?
Decisions are made by vote of the HUPAC Board of Trustees, appointed by the NAHU president. Candidates for HUPAC contributions are evaluated on a variety of factors, including: recommendations from NAHU members; support of NAHU policies; accessibility to our members; willingness to learn; and congressional committee and political party responsibilities; among others.
I support my own candidates. Why should I support candidates in other states?
We encourage contributions to individual candidates. in fact, some NAHU members combine their contribution with HUPAC! Because it has a national presence, however, HUPAC is in a position to know of other opportunities where it's support can influence a campaign or meet several other objectives. Furthermore, when we give together we have a much stronger voice. Individual contributions may be forgotten, but a PAC's is large enough to be remembered.
Can HUPAC make contributions to candidates for state office?
No. Because HUPAC is registered with the Federal Election Commission, it is prohibited from making contributions to state candidates. State association PACs, however, may contribute to state candidates. If your state association is interested in starting a state PAC, call us.
What recognition does HUPAC provide For Those Who Support It?
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Each donation level has its own distinctive label pin to designate you as a HUPAC supporter. All HUPAC donors will be listed, by donation level, in HIU magazine and in the Capitol Conference program. Special recognition will be given to members at the Presidential level.