PO Box 71005, 2135 NW 108th Street

Clive, IA 50325

IAHU Annual Symposium

August 18-19th, 2020 at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center - Ames, IA
IAHU 2020 Healthcare Symposium

Letter from the Symposium Chair

Dear IAHU Friends & Colleagues –
We are reaching out to let you know that we are committed as ever to you during the current COVID-19 pandemic. At an Association level, our goal is to stay informed and keep you informed on the impact of the current COVID-19 environment and how it relates to our business.

The Symposium will be delayed from its original dates in June and will now take place August 18-19, 2020. The IAHU Board of Directors voted unanimously to delay the event until later in the year because we believe our collective focus should be on the well-being and health of you, your families, your employees and your closest business colleagues. You will notice fewer attendee registration and corporate sponsorship requests for a few weeks while we all keep our attention and focus where it belongs. We are appreciative of the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center in Ames in accommodating this request to move the event. 

Please update your calendar at this time and watch for more information to be released in the near future. If you have already registered as an attendee or sponsor, you will receive personalized communication confirming that your commitment has carried forward to our new Symposium dates. All requests for refunds will be honored should you be unable to attend the event in August. 

COVID-19 has created a health crisis, and there are a lot of questions and emails hitting us at all angles about health plan coverage, benefits eligibility and workplace changes such as employers reducing employee hours and headcounts. To that end, we are providing a Frequently Asked Questions resource specific to the State of Iowa as it relates to unemployment benefits and workplace changes.  We hope this information is helpful to you. 

At the state and Federal level, the rules and laws affecting employee benefits remain in place but are changing. The Iowa Insurance Division introduced relaxed guidelines for premium payments allowing up to 60 days in late payments without risk of coverage lapsing. Additionally, some carriers are relaxing their guidelines and requirements for employee coverage when hours or incomes are reduced. Some of our carriers are also opening up Special Enrollment Periods for people who previously waived coverage and want to enroll now. These new guidelines are on a carrier-by-carrier basis, which further emphasize the value of watching for the latest communications from IAHU and our insurance carrier partners.

More than ever, we ask that you to stay connected to IAHU at all levels.  We are using Facebook and Twitter to share relevant information as local news and regulatory issues are dropping on a near constant (sometimes hourly) basis. If you are running into specific issues or questions and need our support, please reach out to a Board member.

Stay well!  Be safe!!

-Tracy Hitchcock – 2020 Symposium Chair


Your 2020 Symposium Planning Committee: Cassandra Mueller (BASE), Tracy Hitchcock (Capitol Benefits Group), Niki Holland (Gallager Benefit Services), Lynn Schreder (KHI Solutions), Marcie Strouse (Capitol Benefits Group) & James West (NCMIC / Professional Solutions).

NEW FEATURE: Professional Headshot Photos at Symposium for a discounted rate of $35 

Member Early Registration Price - $229
Non-Member Early Registration Price - $279

Member Registration Price (After May 11) - $289
Non-Member Registration Price (After May 11) - $339

TRACY HITCHCOCKVice President, Symposium


Gateway Hotel & Conference Center - Ames, IA

The 2020 Symposium will again be held at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center in Ames, IA! The IAHU room block rate is $139/night, and the room reservation deadline is Monday, July 27. To reserve, call 800-FOR-AMES and mention the Iowa Association of Health Underwriters.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, August 18

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

3:30 PM

5:00 PM

6:00 PM 

8:00 PM

        Registration, Headshot Photos & Breakfast

        Opening Welcome

NAHU Update

Break to Visit Sponsors

Our New Healthcare World, David P. Lind

Lunch & Headshot Photos

Invest in Iowa Address

Introduction to the Friends of CASA Fundraiser

Break to Visit Sponsors

Update from the Iowa Insurance Division

Keynote, Lucas Jadin

Tradeshow Reception

Break for Dinner on Your Own

Attendee Networking, The IowaStater Restaurant


Wednesday, August 19

7:00 AM

7:30 AM

8:00 AM

8:30 AM 

9:30 AM

10:30 AM 

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

 2:00 PM

Registration & Breakfast

Day Two Welcome

Friends of Iowa CASA 

Breakout Session Block 1

Breakout Session Block 2

Break to Visit Sponsors

Breakout Session Block 3

Lunch & Gold Sponsor Carrier Update

Breakout Session Block 4

Closing Ceremony & Prize Drawing

Why Should I Attend an IAHU Symposium?

The IAHU June Symposium is the prime venue to give you all of the tools you need to honor the commitment you've made to your clients. Here's six of the top reasons you won't want to miss this meeting.


Government Affairs Update

Government affairs update from IAHU

Iowa Legislature Update

Iowa's legislature to provide a state of the union discussion

Continuing Education Credits

Classroom Break-Out Sessions for CEC's

Networking Opportunities

Network with benefits professionals from across the state

Professional Development

Professional development & sales training opportunities

And more!

Including a reduced rate for professional headshot photos at the event! What are you waiting for? Register today!

IAHU 2020 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Delta Dental
Wellmark BC/BS
Silver Sponsors
KHI Solutions

Bronze Sponsors

Health Partners
Senior Insurance Marketing

Become an IAHU Sponsor

Consider supporting IAHU in 2020 by becoming a platinum, gold, silver or bronze annual sponsor! All tiers include various numbers of registrations to the IAHU Symposium AND recognition opportunities not only at the IAHU Symposium, but at other Association meetings & events throughout the year. These are a great value that your company will benefit from with recognition year round.

There are also "a la carte" options available in support of the annual IAHU Healthcare Symposium if your company is interested in other opportunities, such as contributing toward the keynote speaker, breakfast or lunch sponsor, attendee gifts, entertainment and more. If you'd like to have a conversation about some of those prices, please use the button to the right to contact an IAHU staff member.

Thank you to all of the companies listed above for their support of IAHU this year. We greatly appreciate it!

Casandra Mueller

Please mail sponsorship checks to the following address: PO Box 71005, 2135 NW 108th Street Clive, IA 50325

CASANDRA MUELLERCorporate Sponsor Chair

Our thanks to the 2019 Annual Sponsors


Delta Dental, Wellmark


Aflac, Health Partners UnityPoint Health, KHI Solutions, Medica, Premier Marketing


Aetna, Agencybloc, Allied National, Ameritas, Avesis, BASE, Basic, ColonialLife, Employee & Family Resources, Group Benefits, Ltd., NCMIC | Professional Solutions, PIPAC, Senior Insurance Marketing, Transamerica Employee Benefits, UnitedHealthcare


Advantage Administrators, Assurity, Lufkin Benefit Solutions, Tristar, North Risk Partners, Partnership for America's Healthcare Future, Sun Life Financial
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