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2016 Capitol Conference — February 22-24

For more than 25 years, NAHU members have been coming to Washington, D.C., to stand together and make their voices heard. This year, make sure your voice is amongst the crowd. By registering for NAHU’s 26th Annual Capitol Conference, you will have the opportunity to join with hundreds of your colleagues from around the country to lobby for health reform changes of importance to you and your clients on Capitol Hill. You will also get to hear from exciting speakers representing Congress, the Administration and other health reform stakeholders, network with other agents and see our Health Underwriters Political Action Committee at work. As 2016 is a presidential election year, now is the perfect time to come to Washington, D.C., and stand up as a force for change.

Spirit of Independence Award

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will receive NAHU's 2016 Spirit of Independence Award. Before entering politics, Senator Scott owned an insurance agency. He is well aware of the effects of recent legislation on all business owners and has spent years advocating for change in the healthcare arena. His most recent and significant contribution has come in his sponsorship and leadership of the PACE Act. The adoption of this bill signifies a major victory for businesses and consumers across the country.

Monday Keynote Speaker: Robert Laszewski

Our keynote speaker on Monday is Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates. Bob had 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, serving as a chief operating officer for nine of those years, before beginning his Washington, D.C., policy and market consulting business in 1992. His marketplace practice concentrates on how health insurance companies, HMOs, Blue Cross plans, pharmaceutical companies, and provider organizations come to grips with market and policy change. He has participated extensively in the nation's healthcare debate and has been a regular contributor on the issue for a number of the national television and radio networks as well as major newspapers and trade journals.

During the Affordable Care Act rollout, Bob was quoted repeatedly in major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times as well as in numerous Associated Press and Reuter's articles. He appeared frequently during this period on The CBS Evening News, The NBC Evening News, PBS News Hour, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, CBS Radio, and National Public Radio. His blog, Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review, is also quoted widely in the national media and is referred to as a "must read" source of information for health policy and marketplace developments. His expertise continues to be sought by the national media as the nation's healthcare debate continues and the market evolves.

Wednesday's General Session Keynote

The closing General Session will feature Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections. The New York Times has called Charlie “one of the best political handicappers in the nation" and has said the Cook Political Report is "a newsletter which both parties regard as authoritative." The late David Broder wrote in the Washington Post that Charlie was "perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of congressional races," while CBS News' Bob Schieffer called the Cook Political Report, "the bible of the political community."

Your Best Value!

Based on attendee feedback, we are continuing CapConPLUS. This year, each session includes so much content about nuanced aspects of health reform that you're going to want to attend them all. Sessions will focus on employer mandate and reporting, containing healthcare costs, navigating special enrollment periods and more. The schedule only allows for enough time for attendees to pick two sessions to attend in person, but with CapConPLUS you don't have to miss a thing! By selecting CapConPLUS during registration, you will receive audio recordings of all breakout sessions, synced to the PowerPoints.

Cancellation Policy

There will be $50 processing fee per registered member for cancellations received by January 7; a $75 processing fee per registered member for cancellations from January 8-28; and no refunds for cancellations received after January 28. (NOTE: All cancellations must be in writing via email or fax; no telephone cancellations accepted.)

Sponsor Information

NAHU invites you to sponsor our 26th Annual Capitol Conference: Benefit Specialists: Leading the Way to Healthcare Stability. This is an exciting time in Washington, D.C., and our members are ready to participate in the excitement at Capitol Conference. This conference is strongly attended, and as a sponsor, you will have your company description in our Capitol Conference app, be recognized in signage in common areas, receive recognition in the HIU magazine and have your company’s logo displayed on NAHU’s website. Furthermore, Silver and Gold Sponsors receive exhibit space in our Sponsors Lounge and can choose an additional and exclusive opportunity for recognition during the conference.

Click here for information on Capitol Conference sponsorship opportunities.


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Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Washington, DC
on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

If you need hotel accommodations, please contact NAHU Meetings.

Annual HUPAC Congressional Reception

Come mingle, eat and drink with members of Congress and fellow NAHU members at the Annual HUPAC Congressional Reception on Tuesday, February 23, at 5 p.m. Enjoy the view of DC from the top floor of the National Association of Realtors Building while sipping away on your favorite cocktail. We expect between 20-25 members of Congress in attendance that will represent membership from across the country.

The standard ticket price is $175. If you are a member of the HUPAC Capitol Club ($1,000 & up), you can purchase your ticket for $125. The cost of your ticket will count toward your annual HUPAC contribution total and can help you achieve Capitol, Congressional or 365 Club status, if you are not there already.

Online registration is closed, but tickets are still available for purchase at Capitol Conference.

Vanguard Council and HUPAC Bowling Event

Join the Vanguard Council and HUPAC on Sunday, February 21, from 8-11 p.m. at Lucky Strike in downtown D.C. for an evening of bowling, drinks and dessert! A $50 contribution to the HUPAC Administration Fund is required to attend, which will count towards your contribution level for the year. Attendance includes two drink tickets, access to a dessert bar with make your own sundae and pastries, and a game of bowling that includes bowling shoes. Click here to make your contribution today and reserve your spot on the alley.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Vanguard Council Scholarship Program

The Vanguard Council Scholarship Program is giving several first-time attendee NAHU members free registration to Capitol Conference 2016.

But wait, there's more! Vanguard Council Scholarship Program recipients, in addition to receiving free registration to Capitol Conference 2016, will join the council at the Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans basketball game at the Verizon Center on Tuesday, February 23, at 7 p.m.

The Vanguard Council will announce its selections mid-December, giving recipients enough time to make their flight and hotel reservations. Due to how quickly the room block at Capitol Conference's host hotel fills up, the Vanguard Council will guarantee recipients a room at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. They will be responsible for all costs associated with your flight and hotel accommodations.

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Vangaurd and HUPAC Bowling Event Executive Sponsors