WHAT IS HUPAC ?
HUPAC is the political action committee of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). It is the expression of our First Amendment rights to free speech and association guaranteed under the Constitution. Such political expression has become far more than a useful option for professionals in a heavily regulated business like the health insurance industry. It has become a necessity.
Since NAHU and similar organizations are prohibited from making political contributions, HUPAC was created to allow contributors to combine their political and financial support to a candidate to achieve maximum effect.
HUPAC is registered with the Federal Election Commission.
WHY IS HUPAC NECESSARY?
Few other industries are as heavily regulated as health insurance. Therefore, your success, and that of your clients, is directly dependent upon the actions of Congress. It is absolutely critical that we help those congressional candidates who support private-sector health insurance.
HOW DOES HUPAC HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
HUPAC allows NAHU members to combine their resources and strength to make a difference where it will have the greatest impact for our colleagues, our clients and, above all, our country. It is imperative that NAHU members work together to counteract the strong and united forces of special-interest groups that oppose the free enterprise system of health care.
WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HUPAC?
Only NAHU members, their families and staff can contribute to HUPAC.
Clients of NAHU members may not contribute to HUPAC. All donations must be made by individuals--FEC regulations prohibit PAC contributions by corporations or companies.
WHO DOES HUPAC CONTRIBUTE TO?
HUPAC contributes to majority and minority party candidates, incumbents and challengers alike. Because it is non-partisan, it does not represent the interests of any political party.
HOW DOES HUPAC DECIDE ON CONTRIBUTIONS?
Decisions are made by vote of the HUPAC Board of Trustees, appointed by the NAHU president. Candidates for HUPAC contributions are evaluated on a variety of factors, including: recommendations from NAHU members; support of NAHU policies; accessibility to our members; willingness to learn; and congressional committee and political party responsibilities; among others.
CAN HUPAC MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANDIDATES FOR STATE OFFICE?
Yes and no. In July 2003, HUPAC's Board of Trustees approved a policy change to contribute to candidates for state governors' and elected insurance commissioners' races. HUPAC does not participate in any other state-based races. State association PACs, however, may contribute to other state candidates.