CAHU Events

This is your clearinghouse for local, state and national events.

Chapter Meetings

Chapter meetings are a great way to get the latest information that will give you the edge you need to thrive in this changing environment. You’ll be able to network with key carrier reps, meet new people and share best practices with our industry’s best and brightest.

CAHU Legislative Day at the Casino (02/08/2018 - 2 CEs pending)

CAHU Legislative Day at the Casino (02/08/2018 - 2 CEs pending) imageAfter a CRAZY Year of two failed attempts at ACA Repeal & Replace, what could possibly be in store for us in 2018? Find out from our featured presenters, including (via Satellite) Janet Trautwein, Executive Vice President & CEO, NAHU.
  • A Legislative Update featuring a NAHU Live Webcast with Janet Trautwein, Executive Vice President & CEO
  • Policy Updates from Tim Barhorst, Candidate for Ohio Representative of the 19th District and OAHU Legislative Chair and John McGough, OAHU Lobbyist
With all the recent federal and state legislative and regulatory actions recently affecting health policy, this event will examine what actions have been taken, what the political and philosophical barriers have been, what actions we can expect in the near-term and how these changes can impact you as a health insurance professional. Program Overview: During this 2-CE (pending) course, participants will learn about recent legislative and regulatory actions affecting health policy. The course will examine what actions have been taken so far, what the political and philosophical barriers have been, what actions we can expect in the near-term and later, what prompted the need for changes to be made, how the changes are being made and the role that NAHU is having in this process, and what NAHU members, the overall agent/broker community, and employers play in this process. What are the Learning Objectives? Upon completion of the course, the participant will know:
  • The actions that have been taken by the Trump Administration and Congress to affect health policy during 2017;
  • The specific policy proposals that have been and are under consideration or are being developed to change the health reform law;
  • The political background, changes and processes that are leading to particular actions being made and how NAHU works to influence these processes;
  • Policy positions of the association in affecting change in health reform at both the legislative and regulatory levels and what to expect in the coming year;
  • Tools and resources for becoming active and engaged in these processes.


Janet Trautwein is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and President of the National Association of Health Underwriters Education Foundation in Washington, D.C. NAHU represents more than 100,000 employee benefits professionals involved in the design, implementation and management of health plans all over the United States. Her responsibilities include oversight of all NAHU and NAHU Education Foundation activities including oversight for 30 staff members in Washington, DC and 210 state and local chapters. She is the primary spokesperson for NAHU to the media, government agencies and elected officials at all levels. A frequent speaker on health policy issues, Janet’s expertise in issues related to health insurance markets, the uninsured, health insurance pools, risk and reinsurance pooling, health related tax issues, and both national and global health reform has been recognized throughout the industry. Janet has testified before Congress numerous times, and has been published in major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs around the world. Tim Barhorst, OAHU Legislative Chair, is also founder of Business Partners, Inc. , an employee benefits firm in Central Ohio. A licensed insurance agent for more than 20 years, he has long been active in our community and is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus and the Agonis Club of Columbus. He lives in Westerville with his son, Alex, who is a third grader in the Westerville school district. Tim is currently a candidate for Ohio Representative of the 19th District.   John McGough, heads up an Ohio state government affairs consulting firm specializing in the representation of businesses and trade associations before the Ohio Legislature and state regulatory agencies, including OAHU.  He provides consulting services to business coalitions and statewide ballot issue campaigns, and advises trade associations and businesses regarding the establishment and operation of political action committees.  

This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, But Registration is Required.

Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Hollywood Casino Columbus 200 Georgesville Road Columbus, OH 43228

EXPO 2018 - Lead, Follow or Abandon Ship (March 6, 2018)

EXPO 2018 - Lead, Follow or Abandon Ship (March 6, 2018) imageJoin us as the Columbus Association of Health Underwriters charts a course for our Annual Expo on March 6th, 2018.  We have curated a list of the best speakers and change leaders in our industry to deliver practical solutions to the ever-changing problems that our members face. Employee benefit firms are facing unprecedented uncertainty, rapid and frequent disruption, increasing competition, and more client demands than ever before. Your ability to navigate change in these murky waters will be the difference between those who thrive and those who perish. Attendees will benefit from a 4 CE master course that will help your firm;
  • Increase Revenue
  • Neutralize Competition
  • Accelerate Profitability
  • Deliver Unparalleled Value
Date: Tuesday March 6th, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:30pm Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Location: Bridgewater Conference Center   AGENDA 8:30am                   Registration with Continental Breakfast & Booth Vendor Visits 9:00am-10:00am     Matthew Byrne President of Sprialight Group (Member of OH AHU) (Topic: The Future is Now:  Learn How Workflow, Automation and Integration Are Agency Game Changers) 10:00am-10:30am   Booth Vendor Scavenger Hunt & Silent Auction to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls. 10:30-11:30am        Reid Rasmussen CoFounder & CEO freshbenies (Member of TX AHU) (Topic: Alexa the Broker: How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Healthcare) (1CE Pending) 11:30-12:30pm        Major Sponsor Speed Networking Lunch 12:30-1:30pm          Chad P. Schneider Director of Jellyvision (Member of IL AHU) (Topic:  Benefits Communication & Enagement) (1CE Pending) 1:30-2:30pm            David Contorno President of Lake Norman Benefits (Topic: Meet the Bernie Madoff of Healthcare: Provider Networks) (1CE Pending) 2:30-3:00pm            Booth Vendor Scavenger Hunt & Digital Giving + 50/50 Raffle to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls. 3:00-4:00pm            KeyNote: Mr. Kevin Trokey, Founder of Q4intelligence (Member of MO AHU) (Topic: Keynote Address) (1CE Pending) 4:00-4:30pm            Chapter Awards Ceremony Speaker Bios: Kevin Trokey (KeyNote) is the Founding Partner of Q4intelligence (, a marketing and sales enablement firm committed to the preservation and transformation of the independent agency system. He writes prolifically regarding the many challenges being faced by today’s agencies, providing guidance to overcome those challenges. He is a frequent industry speaker and was recognized by the National Association of Health Underwriters as their speaker of the year in 2016. Kevin is currently serving as the National Membership Manager for NAHU and is a past president of both St. Louis and Missouri chapters., Inc. (Member of NC AHU) Reid Rasmussen is a 25-year healthcare veteran. Free-market health reform advocate. Innovator. Writer. Coffee addict. Ex-Canadian & now a proud American! Reid grew up in Canada, where he received a Health Administration degree and formed his opinions about government-run health care. In 1991, he escaped to America and worked in both sales and management for two medical insurance companies (Group Health Cooperative and Regence BlueShield) and two general agencies (BenefitPort and BenefitMall). Reid saw some of the Canadian trends find their way into American healthcare.  He so believed the industry would need new solutions that in 2009 he launched his company freshbenies ( just as Health Reform was ramping up. Chad Schneider is an insurance industry veteran of 15 years. He is currently a Director of Channel Sales at ALEX by Jellyvision (, Jellyvision is an award-winning technology company whose interactive software talks people through important, complex, and potentially snooze-inducing life decisions - like choosing a healthcare insurance plan, saving for retirement, or navigating a leave of absence - in simple, fun, and engaging ways.  He is based in Chicago, IL. Chad previously worked with Aflac for 13 years and was a pioneer of their broker strategy. Chad was the president of the Southern Arizona AHU chapter as well as sat on the Arizona State board for a number of years. He was the NAHU region 7 RVP and sat on the National Board of Trustees. Chad was a co-founder of NAHU's Vanguard Council on a national basis and is the immediate past NAHU national media chair. He is currently re-launching a new NAHU Downtown Chicago chapter in 2017. Matthew Byrne  has made a career helping people find affordable health insurance. He is the founder of Spiralight Group Benefits (, a Dublin Ohio-based brokerage providing comprehensive insurance, HR consulting and compliance solutions for small- to mid-size businesses. Mr. Byrne is also the President of ( a website catering to individual and family insurance coverages. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and holds a life and health insurance license. He serves as Treasurer on the executive board of Columbus chapter of the National Association Health Underwriters.  Mr. Byrne is a subject matter expert speaking frequently about Health Care Reform, Employer Health Plan Affordability Programs, Self-Funded Solutions and is frequently quoted in national publications such as CNN Money Magazine, Kasier Health News, U.S. News and World Report and The Wall Street Journal.   David Contorno is President of Lake Norman Benefits (, now part of the Hilb Group and one of the employee benefit practice leaders inside this now top 40 largest insurance agency. As a native of New York, David began his career in the insurance industry at the age of 14, and has since become a leading expert in the realm of employee benefits over the last 21 years. The Hilb Group continues to grow organically by ensuring all management is handled locally, providing top notch solutions and supports, and through strategic acquisitions. Among his many accolades, David received a Broker Spotlight in 2004 and was recognized as an outstanding Broker of Service in 2005 through 2014 by Blue Cross Blue Shield. He has continually received the Echelon Award by United Healthcare since 2003, reserved for the top 1% of agents nationally, and was a 2015 "40 Under 40" Award Winner presented by Charlotte Business Journal. Most recently, David was Benefits Selling Magazine's 2015 Broker of the Year and, in March 2016, Forbes deemed him "One of America's Most Innovative Benefits Leaders."     
Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Bridgewater Conference Center

OAHU State Meetings

Ohio Association of Health Underwriters Meetings are a great way to expand your knowledge base and influence.


NAHU Capitol Conference


NAHU Annual National Convention

Join NAHU during their Annual Meting where you’ll get an inside look about how the association works.
Chapter Officer Leadership Forums, Professional Development Workshop, Regional Meetings,
Awards Breakfast and much more.