Welcome to NYSAHU

A Letter From 2016-2018 NYSAHU President Ralph Spagnuola

It is a privilege to serve as President of the New York State Association of Health Underwriters (NYSAHU).  I want to thank the Board of Directors for their support; they are a dedicated group of professionals who work tirelessly on behalf of the membership and it is an honor to serve with them. I also want to thank my predecessor, Jamie Schutzer, for his excellent leadership of NYSAHU for the past two years.

I joined the New York Metro chapter of NYSAHU in 2006, first serving as Treasurer, and then serving as the Metro Chapter President from 2010 – 2012. Since its inception, NYSAHU has always worked hard to provide information on health insurance-related issues – to consumers, to legislators, to regulators, to the media and to our members.  Whether the topic has been how to choose a coverage plan that strikes the right balance between need, cost and coverage for consumers and employers, or working with legislators and regulators, our efforts have had considerable impact. We need to increase those efforts, and our impact, even more during the next two years.

Our task today is considerably more challenging then when I joined NYSAHU eight years ago; the health insurance market in New York is in the midst of a major makeover.  Key topics such as promoting transparency of health care costs and managing the interaction of federal and state statutes and regulations have added to the complexity of maintaining a vibrant and affordable health insurance marketplace for all New Yorkers, wherever they obtain their health insurance.

These challenges are good news in that they further underline the value that experienced and knowledgeable agents, brokers and consultants bring to all of those who have an interest in health insurance, whether they’re consumers, employers, legislators and regulators or members of the media.

I want to thank you for having the confidence in me to lead NYSAHU for the next two years.  I promise to take my responsibilities seriously and do the best job possible in representing you.  I will ask much of you during this time; the first thing that I ask, and one of the most important is to recruit your coworkers, colleagues and friends to join us in our efforts.  The more members we have the louder our voice will be, so please encourage those who have a vested interest in our business to join now!

Ralph Spagnuola
President – July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018
New York State Association of Health Underwriters