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IAHU is the State of Idaho chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), which represents more than 100,000 licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit professionals across America.  Our membership consists of local agents, producers, company representatives, and other insurance professionals.  Our members are dedicated to helping meet the health, financial, and retirement security needs of all Americans. 

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President's Message Brett
October 2018
Brett Thomas- IAHU President 

A story is told about a voyaging ship that was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island. The two survivors who have been good friends, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God. However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.

The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.  After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, another ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island, there was nothing.

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food. The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing. Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island.

He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings since none of his prayers had been answered.

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?”

“My blessings are mine alone since I was the one who prayed for them,” the first man answered. “His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.”

“You are mistaken!” the voice rebuked him. “He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings.”

“Tell me,” the first man asked the voice, “What did he pray for that I should owe him anything?”

“He prayed that all your prayers be answered.”

It’s easy for any of us to assume that our prosperity is a result of our own hard-work and ingenuity alone. Consequently, it becomes imperative for us to occasionally take stock of who is in our corner, partnering with us, fighting the same battle, and hoping for our success. As I sat through a slew of carrier meetings this past month in preparation for upcoming OEP’s and AEP’s, I listened to our carriers tout new plan designs, lower premiums, and how much they value their partnership with the agent community. With infrequent opportunity to return the favor, I feel compelled to express some heart-felt appreciation to the insurance carriers for their commitment to the insurance consumers in the state of Idaho, this industry, and our association. A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Paul Demko for a piece he was writing for Politico about Your Health Idaho. Paul is very well informed about health insurance markets across the country. During our conversation he asked me how many medical carriers we had participating on the exchange. He was shocked when I told him that we had four. He expressed how lucky we are to have such strong participation in the individual market in Idaho. The same can be said for employer coverage and Medicare. Personally, I want to say “thank you” to Blue Cross, Select Health, Pacific Source, Mountain Health Co-op, Delta Dental and many others for giving me the opportunity to have a successful career in this industry. As the IAHU President, I can’t thank Blue Cross enough for your commitment to a five-year Platinum Sponsorship. “Thank you” to Select Health and Regence for your consistent support as Gold Sponsors. “Thank you” to our Silver and Bronze sponsors, I can’t list you all but you know who you are, and more importantly, we know who you are.

May I be so bold as to speak on behalf of the agents and brokers of this association when I say to each of the carriers who support us, from our side of the island to yours:

This association would not be what it is today, the well of our success would run dry, and quite simply, this industry would not exist – without you. So, thank you!

Brett Thomas

IAHU President, 2018-2019



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