A Letter From 2012-2014 NYSAHU President Renee Guariglia



On behalf of our Board of Directors, welcome to the website of the New York State Association of Health Underwriters (NYSAHU). We are part of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), representing more than 100,000 licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit professionals through more than 200 chapters across America. We hope you find our website valuable.


The New York State Association of Health Underwriters is comprised of over 600 members in four chapters: 

  • Downstate (New York City)
  • Northeastern New York (Albany)
  • Greater Central New York (Syracuse and Utica)
  • Western New York (Rochester and Buffalo)

Be sure to check our Events Page for a list of upcoming meetings for each chapter. If you find yourself in the area on the day of a meeting, please attend one of our meetings to learn more!

I became a member of NAHU in June 2005 when I was approached by two (2) NYSAHU Past State Presidents, Ross Kraft and Andy Biernat, at a CE meeting where information on NAHU was presented. I was honored to be part of the original board of the Greater Central New York Association of Health Underwriters (GCNYAHU) serving as Secretary (2005-2007), President Elect (2007-2008) and then President (2008-2009). I feel so proud in being part of the original BOD of the GCNY chapter that I continue to remain on the board handling IT and website for GCNYAHU. When the opportunity was provided to be to become part of the NYSAHU Board, I immediately accepted without reservation! Being able to be part of the State Board and be an intricate part of shaping our health insurance industry and protecting our industry was, as one would say, a “no brainer”.

As I look back from 2005 to the present, so much has changed in our industry and in NYS regarding our industry that it is hard to keep it all straight. But, thanks to an incredible group of individuals who volunteer their time and energy to each of the NYSAHU chapters, it is a lot easier! When you have a group of talented, knowledgeable, professional and dedicated individuals joining together to keep our health insurance industry safe, you truly see the power in numbers! The power of over 600 members in NYS who want to protect the insurance industry, their livelihood…who want their voices heard….who attend Cap Conference in Washington DC…who attend Day on the Hill in Albany…who participate in Operation Shouts…

With the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling upholding ACA, we as insurance agents and brokers still have a lot of work ahead of us as we sort through the details and the impact it will have on us, our industry and our clients. There is still so much to do as deadlines quickly approach. While we move forward, we remain steadfast in doing what we do best: taking care of our clients and ensuring everyone has access to healthcare.

GCNYAHU has a saying we live by “If not now, when?” When will you decide enough is enough? When will you decide to control your own destiny and protect your livelihood? It’s so easy to say “NAHU has taken care of me and represented my industry for this long” but you need to be sure YOUR VOICE is heard. Strength in numbers!

Renee Guariglia
President 2012-2014
New York State Association of Health Underwriters

Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference...I think if I have one message, one thing before I die that most of the world would know, it would be that the event does not determine how to respond to the event. That is a purely personal matter. The way in which we respond will direct and influence the event more than the event itself.

Virginia Satir


It's official!  NYSAHU has become Silver Certified by NAHU for 2014 AND has received the Blue Ribbon of Excellence for 2014!   NYSAHU joins an elite number of NAHU Chapters who have obtained not only Silver Certified but also Blue Ribbon of Excellence!




In addition NYSAHU is pleased to annouce that ALL NYSAHU Chapters received either Gold or Silver Certification for 2014:


Metro AHU - Gold Certified

Greater Central NY - Gold Certified

Northeastern NY - Gold Certified

Western NY - Silver Certified