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.
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.
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.
To be effective communicators and educators, Benefit Brokers need to reach their prospects and clients where those consumers are. And increasingly, consumers are looking for online communications as much as real world contact. The purpose of this course is to educate Brokers on how they can best use social media and e-mail to effectively provide service, advice and counsel to consumers concerning benefits and the regulatory environment. Course participants will learn the different purposes of various platforms, their proper, ethical use, methods for improving brokers’ effectiveness when engaged with these platforms and their connection to real-world communications.
Dawn McFarland is the Founder and President of M & M Benefit Solutions Insurance Services. She transitioned from the financial industry (in sales and branch management) to the health insurance industry in 2012, just before the 1st ACA open enrollment. She consults with brokers and agents, helping problem solve and find solutions for more efficient operation systems and increasing revenues, she is currently entering the Medicare Market. Dawn is a past LAAHU President and currently serves as the President of the CAHU Foundation, VP of Community Outreach on the State Board (CAHU).
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