State of the AWA 2017

At our recent AWA Annual Members meeting on December 8th, President Neil Peterson took some time to update members on the association. Following is an excerpt of what he discussed: 

With the year coming to a close, we are proud to look back at our accomplishments as an association. We are pleased to report on our excellent progress and alignment on our first full year following our transition of benefits administrators to Premier Health Solutions. The support of our membership and needs by Premier Health Solutions has provided the stability and continuity necessary for the growth of our association. This year, we had some members hit hard with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. With donations to the American Red Cross and working with partners like Compass and Teladoc, we want to continue to help support those impacted by the recent hurricane and natural disasters as our members work to get their families safe and businesses growing again.  Our focus will continue to be on our members and providing the highest level of satisfaction with their membership and the benefits that AWA provides.

As part of our commitment to providing more choice and flexibility for members, AWA expanded its membership levels and benefits this year by adding new accident benefits, a fixed indemnity plan and a new vision plan. And with our partner Small Business Majority, AWA members have a voice in small business issues facing our country, as well as education resources to start and grow their businesses. By providing timely, relevant webinars and content, Small Business Majority can give you and your small business the differentiators and tools you need to set your business apart from the competition.  With industry-leading benefits and membership levels like these, we hope our members feel an advantage as they work hard to make their businesses successful. 

We are excited about 2018 and the opportunities that lay ahead for associations like ours. With a new executive order signed by President Trump in October focusing on Association Health Plans, we hope to expand the opportunities and benefits available into new directions for our AWA members. We are staying on top of this exciting news as it develops and will share with you what we learn. With resources like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, the newsletter and our Blog, we want AWA members to stay informed as we continue to investigate new, competitive benefits and resources that work hard on your behalf. 

As we say goodbye to 2017, we are reminded as an association that we truly are Stronger Together, and we look forward to serving you in the coming year.


Neil Peterson