Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. A French proverb meaning, "The more things change, the more they remain the same." With the recent postponements and changes, this proverb seems appropriate.
Because of all that is occurring, NAHU, FAHU and the local chapters continue to be extremely relevant in keeping everyone informed about what is happening in the world of Health Care financing. NAHU continues to be our voice in Washington. Please read all your NAHU and FAHU emails to keep abreast of the latest information. Also, the FAHU Facebook page is a good source of information.
The NAHU National Media Campaign has resulted in NAHU being featured in 1,100 news stories since the beginning of the year. Also, the Agent-Finder website is now active, so everyone should be going to NAHU.org and verifying that their contact and business information is correct, particularly if there have been any recent changes and/or new certifications.
We recently returned from the FAHU Day on the Hill (DOH) in Tallahassee where we had a record number of attendees. For all who attended, thank you for being there, and please complete the survey that has been sent. We want to know your thoughts.
A special thanks to Ken Stevenson, our State Legislative Chair, and Rhett O'Doski, our Lobbyist, for all the work they put into preparing for this event. Rhett's value in Tallahassee is immeasurable as he appears to be liked and respected by everyone on the Hill.
Also, while in Tallahassee, Bill Hepscher arranged a "meet and greet" cocktail party with the legislators and a PAF fundraising dinner. It was an outstanding event, and I believe everyone had a good time. Later this week, Bill will provide additional details on the event and the results of the fundraising efforts. With all that is happening, it is more important than ever that we continue to contribute to our State PAF and the National HUPAC funds.
If you missed DOH, it's not too late to register for Capital Conference; however, today is the last day to register online. Capital Conference is February 24-26 in Washington, D.C. If you can possibly make it to D.C., I urge you to register today. If you are undecided, onsite registration will be available in Washington on February 24.
The key to the strength of FAHU is the involvement of the members. Here are a few things you can do to make your membership more valuable:
Work on a committee and/or join the board of your local chapter. On Friday, April 4 there will be a Leadership Training program in Lake Mary for all who are interested in working to strengthen this organization.
Attend the FAHU symposium on July 24-26 at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World.
Attend as many local, state and national functions as you can. Be involved, and let your voice be heard. You can find a list of upcoming events on the FAHU website.
Contribute to the state PAF and national HUPAC
Hope to see many of you in Washington, D.C. On Monday evening, February 24, we would like to have all the Florida attendees get together for dinner (Dutch treat). More information will follow.