If you have been working in the health insurance business for a while, you may be familiar with the National Association of Health Underwriters (now known as the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals or NABIP). Even if you’re new to our industry, you’ve probably heard something about NABIP or your state or regional group. Are you a member? Do you know everything each advocacy group is doing for you – and your clients?
NABIP and its state and regional chapters – like the California Association of Health Insurance Professionals (CAHIP), Nevada State Association of Health Underwriters (NVAHU), NABIP-Northern Nevada, and others – offer you valuable professional development, educational, and networking opportunities.
Each advocates on behalf of employee benefits and health insurance professionals, working to ensure access to high-quality, affordable health care and related benefits. NABIP and its state and regional affiliates are committed to empowering Americans to make better health care decisions.
NABIP leads its efforts from Washington, DC, and works across the country on behalf of more than 100,000 licensed health insurance agents and brokers, general agents, benefits consultants, and other professionals.
Benefits of Membership
Joining NABIP and/or one of the many state or regional industry groups can give you a leg up on other insurance sales professionals. In addition, membership and participation offer you the opportunity to increase your national and community profiles.
Participation adds to your professional standing. It shows your clients, prospects, and colleagues that you abide by the highest professional standards – and that you support the health insurance industry’s ongoing stability and advocacy.
Stay abreast of rules, regulations, and legislation affecting our industry. Being in-the-know helps you better serve the needs of your clients and their businesses. In addition to in-person and online training, NABIP and regional chapters publish member-only newsletters featuring updates from leaders offering insights on evolving matters of interest.
Take advantage of networking opportunities. You can benefit through connections built with top-producing health insurance professionals and industry experts. You may find a subject matter expert who can help you answer an immediate question, or you might connect with a mentor who will introduce you to new methods to build your business and expand your income.
Opportunities to contribute to the legislative process: Your participation in industry groups could lead to a meeting with local, state, and/or national legislators to provide feedback on proposed or pending health insurance-related matters.
Leadership development: You may have the opportunity to serve on a regional association’s committees or other leadership groups. This, too, can raise your visibility, increase your industry profile, and help you build a broader network – all while you play an active role in the future of our industry.
Act Now to Learn More
If you want to get involved, follow the links below to read about the state and local insurance professionals’ groups in California and Nevada. We’re listing them alphabetically by region.
- California, statewide: California Agents & Health Insurance Professionals (CAHIP), formerly known as the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU)
- Clark County, NV (CCAHU)
- Central California (CCAHU)
- Chico/North Valley (NVAHU)
- Desert Cities (DCAHU)
- Inland Empire (CAHIP-IE)
- Los Angeles (LAAHU/NABIP-LA)
- Nevada (NvAHU)
- Northern Nevada (NABIP-NN)
- Orange County (CAHIP-Orange County)
- Sacramento (SAHU)
- San Diego (CAHIP-San Diego)
- San Francisco Bay (GGAHU)
- San Francisco/Silicon Valley (SVAHU)
- Santa Barbara (SBAHIP
- Ventura County (VCAHU)
For information about the national trade association, and how you can get involved, visit NABIP.org.
Working for a Brighter Future
There is no denying that the health insurance industry is changing. We have seen some of the biggest changes in the last decade. What can we expect in the next few years? With 2024 an important election year, it’s difficult to know for sure.
Your active support of NABIP and your regional health insurance professionals’ group is important to our collective future. NABIP and state associations nationwide are working every day to advance the interests of our industry and advocate for sound public policy solutions.
Word & Brown supports NABIP and associations throughout California and Nevada. We encourage you to get involved, too. If you’re unsure how, talk with your Word & Brown representative.