Alan Katz is a past president of both the National and the California Associations of Health Underwriters. In 2003 NAHU named Alan the Health Insurance Person of the Year, awarding him that year’s Harold R. Gordon Memorial Award. He was named CAHU Member of the Year in 2000 and 2007.
Alan has long been a strong advocate for agents and the role they play in America’s health care coverage system. In California he represented agents during negotiations over California’s successful small group health insurance reforms (often referred to as AB 1672). Nationally, Alan testified before several Congressional committees while leading NAHU’s opposition to aspects of the Clinton Administration health care reform proposal. In 2007 Alan rejoined the CAHU Board as Vice President of Public Affairs to help lead the organization’s involvement in the health care reform debate kicked off by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In 2005 Alan co-founded and served as president of Insurance Neighborhood. Previously Alan served as a Senior Vice President at WellPoint, Inc., the nation’s largest commercial health insurer. During his time with WellPoint Alan led the company’s individual and small group sales team and its eDistribution technology initiatives. Before joining WellPoint, Alan led Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest general agencies. He has been a licensed insurance agent since 1983.
In 2007 he formed the Alan Katz Group which offers clients consulting, public speaking and research services with an emphasis on health care reform, sales strategies and public service. Based on a study spearheaded by the Alan Katz Group, Alan authored Trailblazed: Proven Paths to Sales Success, a book which identifies and explores the attitudes, practices and behaviors of successful sales professionals. His monthly column with Benefits Selling magazine draws upon the insights of this book to address ways brokers can manage the changes to their profession driven by health care reform.
Alan has a long history in public service. In addition to assuming leadership roles in a number of community organizations, he served as Chief of Staff to California Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy and as a member of the Santa Monica City Council. He has worked on numerous political campaigns, few of them successful. If having been a health insurance executive, a politician and a government official does not reflect a penchant for making questionable life decisions, Alan is also a lawyer and served as an investigating attorney with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Alan Katz Health Care Reform blog was launched on January 2, 2007 and earned two distinctions that year. In September, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch named it one of the five “health care blogs gaining attention in the virtual world” and in December the Sacramento Bee’s CapitolAlert.com added the site to its list of top blogs covering California politics and policy issues. In September 2008 RNCentral.com cited the blog as one of the “100 Best Health Care Policy Blogs” while LexisNexis named this site one of the “Top 50 Blogs for Insurance.” Employee Benefit Adviser magazine featured Alan and the blog in its February 2011 cover story concerning social media.
None of this means his meanderings are worthwhile, but it makes his parents proud.