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MAHU Legislative Discussion Series
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: Social Events

MN Health Insurance 2018 Legislative Agenda

Part One of the MAHU Legislative Discussion Series

When: Thursday, December 21 2017 at 2:30 p.m. CDT

Tune in at 2:30PM CDT on December 21, 2017 as we kick off this lively series with a session featuring a panel of industry experts, consisting of members of MAHU's board of directors and special guests, as they review the legislation changes introduced in 2017 and look ahead to 2018, discussing the MN health insurance legislative agenda in the new year. In addition, the session offers:

  • An overview of MAHU's mission and its work to enhance the success of every insurance agent in Minnesota;
  • A unique insight into how things get done at the capitol and how you can get involved and contribute to getting things done;
  • NAHU's Capitol Conference in Washington, D.C.; 
  • A preview of the special topics to be discussed in depth by future panels in the podcast.

If you have any questions or comments to contribute to this session, please send them in advance to [email protected]. You may also submit your remarks in the webinar question pane during the live podcast. 


Marie Bell is a seasoned insurance professional with over 30 years of industry experience. She owns her own agency, DeRuyter-Bell, and specializes in the small group and individual markets in the State of MN. Marie is has been a member of the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU) for over 20 years and currently serves on the MAHU Executive board as President-Elect and is one of the co-chairs of the Professional Development Committee.


Shawnee Christenson is the current president of MAHU.  She has been an independent insurance agent since 2005 where she specialized in individual, Medicare, and group insurance needs. She started her own Agency, Crosstown Insurance in 2012 and added Home and Auto to her product line in 2015. She has been an active participant with MAHU since 2012. Shawnee realizes how the organization is crucial to the success of her business and the ability for her to provide the professional service and advise to protect her clients for many years to come.


Richard Lett is the CEO of LeClair Group. He believes that paying attention to people and their needs is the key to success. Richard brings a rich history of leadership to LeClair Group, and has a unique understanding of risk management. Richard served for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police in London, otherwise known as Scotland Yard. He was a member of SO14, Royalty Protection Services.  Richard is a member of several industry associations in both the insurance and the security industry.


Christopher Schneeman serves as President of SevenHills Benefit Partners, an independent agency with St Paul area roots tracing back over 90 years.  Chris serves as chair of the “Agents Coalition for Health Care Reform,” which advocates for responsible health insurance reform in Minnesota. He also serves as legislative committee chair for MAHU and Health Chair for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) in Minnesota. 


Bob Stein serves as Marketing Representative at Employee Benefits Corporation (formerly Benefits Design Group) which focuses on Third Party Administration (TPA) specializing in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) and COBRA Administration.  Bob joined MAHU many years ago and is co-chair of the Legislative Committee educating legislators about the importance of Licensed Insurance Professionals.


Tim Wilkin brings a unique mix of extensive business and government experience to his government affairs and public policy practice. He spent eight years in the Minnesota House, serving in leadership positions including assistant majority leader and chair of the Commerce and Financial Institutions Committee.  His areas of expertise include health care, human services, financial services, general business regulation and taxes. Tim has served as the MAHU lobbyist for a number of years.


Following this inaugural session, subsequent sessions in this podcast are scheduled to be held bimonthly covering topics:

  • Medicare Cost Plan sunsetting
  • Changes to the Group market
  • MinnesotaCare buy-in proposals
  • ACA reform
  • Provider consolidation 
  • Cooperative programs

MAHU is your professional association and is committed to the future of your success. There is a cost of $25 to attend each podcast session and 100% of the registration fees will go to further MAHU's mission. All insurance professionals, whether a MAHU member or not, are invited and encouraged to contribute in these important debates. 

Cost: $25 



Contact: Heidi Mathson, Executive DIrector [email protected] 844-333-5593