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The Desert Cities Association of Health Underwriters (DCAHU) was officially formed as a separate local chapter of NAHU in 2009 by a dedicated group of professionals determined to bring the benefits of the industry's premier agents' trade association to the health insurance agents and brokers in the low desert and the Coachella Valley, as well as all of Riverside County. However, since 1998, there has been a local desert group of Health Underwriters functioning as a satellite chapter of IEAHU (Inland Empire AHU) , with its own board of directors and local meetings and events in the Coachella Valley. And in 2009, this dedicated group of health insurance and brokers evolved into is own desert chapter of NAHU.

DCAHU now boasts a membership of some 70 agents, brokers, and industry representatives. DCAHU is one of 15 local chapters in the state of California, and across the nation. There is a CA state chapter - CAHU (California Association of Health Underwriters), and all local and state chapters in the country comprise the membership in our national organization - NAHU (National Association of Health Underwriters). NAHU has over 20,000 members and was formed back in 1930! Thus all DCAHU members are also members of CAHU and NAHU automatically.

Mission Statement

Our goal is that every Californian will continue to have access to private sector solutions for health, financial and retirement security and the services of insurance professionals.

Our philosophy is to build a foundation of values which advocates fair and ethical industry practices with excellence and integrity. To promote and support the community of health insurance professionals, to educate themselves and the public and influence Legislation to promote quality health care.

Since its 2009 inception, the Desert Cities Association of Health Underwriters exudes a dynamic energy and an unswerving commitment to excellence that is expected to bring the chapter both statewide as well as national recognition in the future.

The Desert Cities Association of Health Underwriters is honored to support the professional health insurance agents and brokers, and industry representatives of Riverside County. We are single-mindedly dedicated to preserving California's private, market-based healthcare system, and to promoting the agent's vital role in that system.

Code of Ethics

  • To hold the selling, service and distribution of disability insurance and health insurance plans as a Professional and a public trust and to 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 may be false or misleading.
  • To consider the sale of disability income and health insurance plans as a career, to know and abide by the insurance laws of my state, and to seek to constantly 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 that may reflect unfavorably on myself or my industry.
  • To treat prospects, clients and companies fairly by submitting applications that 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.

Membership in DCAHU brings you many benefits

Mandated health benefits. Medical coverage for the uninsurable. Legislative health insurance reforms. Continuing education requirements. New Products. Changing markets. Due diligence. Alternative marketing approaches. These are just a few of the critical issues facing every health insurance professional seeking to succeed in today's competitive market - and your participation in DCAHU and our events will greatly assist you in tracking these issues.

So go ahead and check out the CALENDAR page of this website and see what we have planned for you. We invite you to attend our next event and discover what makes DCAHU one of the finest agents' associations in the nation!

Then we invite you to examine our MEMBERSHIP page of this website and learn about the many, many benefits you will derive from joining the Desert Cities Association of Health Underwriters.

DCAHU Year-End Financial Report
Available Upon Request (6-30-2020)
Just e-mail a request to our Treasurer-
Bill Youngblood at -
[email protected]

Upcoming Events

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Dear LAAHU Members,

The CAHU Foundation board thanks you for participating in the Nationwide Walk-a-thon and choosing us as your charity to support. Getting efforts like ours off the ground is time consuming because it requires gaining followers interested in what we have to say. Not to mention we have to prove our credibility. Long term we hope to have a positive impact on lowering the cost of healthcare through consumer education.

The CAHU Foundation’s top 3 goals for this year are:

  • Further development of our Statewide supported internship program which will lead to mentoring and licensing scholarship opportunities
  • Raise awareness of the CAHU Foundation through our newly developed marketing
  • Engage chapter public service and community outreach

The CAHU Foundation is constantly looking for opportunities to get the public's attention and gain traction with people following so we can provide factual information and be a source people can trust to help clear up mis-information and lack of transparency from media sources. AND to give back to our local communities, a percentage of the money donated will be going to your local food bank in each of the participating chapters communities.

This Walk-A-Thon will take place over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's different and strange this year and we hope to bring some joy of community by sharing that we are all participating together in something.
Watch for the #CAHUFoundation hash tag on your social media feeds to see friends and colleagues sharing in a cause together! Be sure to post your walking pics too!

A BIG thank you to the NAHU Education Foundation for creating a way for our members across the country to come together and funnel kindness into our communities.

Please follow us on any of our social medias to see what we are up to and if you think your own audiences might benefit from the education please share.

Happy Holidays and be sure to tag us, so we can see your walking pictures November 27-29!

With Gratitude,

The CAHU Foundation BoD

Dawn McFarland
Chris Patton
Jolene Bibian
Patrick Burns
Maggie Stedt
Juan Lopez
Cathy Little
Michael Wolff

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