Friday, March 1, 2013

2013 February - Advocacy

Success for “Day on the Hill”

January’s NAIFA Washington “Day on the Hill” event was a huge success.  There were over 130 attendees and almost every Local Association set appointments to meet with their legislators in their respective Districts.

Our message was to impart to Legislators the value of what we, financial service producers, have with our clientele and community.   It was also important to let our Legislators know that including the agent/client relationship; it is important as Washington State moves forward with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and having the “Exchanges” trigger by the end of this year.

I want to thank every producer/agent that took time from their production week to make their voice heard in Olympia.  Also to Mel Sorensen, NAIFA WA Lobbyist for putting together a great line-up of presenters!  Washington Health Underwriters partnership and support of this event helped make our presence in Olympia known by our united voice!

If you have not already, please send a “thank you” to those Legislators your met with and maybe set aside time to meet with them for coffee or lunch.  Making yourself known and available to them is important on many levels: 

·         Brand NAIFA to them

·         Be a good resource on financial services or health care to them

·         Develop your own leadership skills

·         Be a liaison for your Local  Association and them

·         Be better informed

“Hats off” to New York Life Insurance Company for sponsoring this year’s “Day on the Hill” and for the 30 NYLC agents they made a commitment to attend.  This could not have been the success without them.  NYLC understands how important it is to be connected at the local level! 

We tried some new things like having a ‘Debriefing meeting’ at the end of the day as well as a common meeting area at the capitol for in-between appointments of our members.  We had great feedback that let us know what worked and also feedback that will help in the planning for next year as well. 

Knowledge is power so stay informed, networking is survival so stay connected; be active is to be involved!

“Never Doubt that a Small Group of Thoughtful Citizens can Change the
World.   Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 
~Margaret Mead

Sharon L. Sparling

Advocacy/Legislative Chair

Contact me at: (360) 708-3210 ·

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