Hello AAHAM Friends!

Memorial Day marks the start of summer! School is almost out. Summer activities are soon to be in full swing. Baseball, swimming pools, cook-outs, summer vacations…who doesn’t love summer?!

IL AAHAM is trying some new ideas for our chapter meetings this year. One of those ideas was a summer break. So mark your calendars for the fall meeting! The Charles Garvin Golf Memorial Golf Outing will be September 21st at the Den in Bloomington. Our Fall Conference will be September 22! Also in Bloomington…location to be announced.

We will continue offering webinar education during the summer months. Our education committee is busy preparing some very good educational webinars for you!

As your IL AAHAM Chapter President, I have the great honor of representing IL AAHAM by serving on the National Government Relations Committee. The National AAHAM Legislative Day was May 1-2, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. It was the best Legislative Day yet! We had nearly 100 AAHAM members from almost every chapter in attendance. This year our issue resulted in a co-sponsored bill with bi-partisan support! Great Success! We met with our Legislators and their staff to gain more support for the bill. The momentum is really picking up and we expect great results. This year our issue was Observation Stays Deny Medicare Beneficiaries Access to Skilled Nursing Benefits. SB 568 and HR 1421. I encourage all of you to go out to the National AAHAM website, http://www.aaham.org/Events/LegislativeDay.aspx download the position paper, read more about this issue and contact your legislators urging them to support this bill for a permanent solution to a critical issue.

The IL AAHAM Scholarship application process is quickly ending for this year. Hurry and make sure you get your applications in for consideration!

As always I want to take a moment and thank all of our Corporate Partners for your support of IL AAHAM! We couldn’t do it without you! We have several new sponsors this year and we think that is very exciting! Thank you! Thank You!

One last item of note…if you have not renewed your membership, it is never too late!! The value that AAHAM adds to your career in networking, certification and education is immeasurable! Also, don’t forget that student memberships are now FREE!

I wish you all a great summer with lots of memories and laughs! Go Cubs!

Yours in AAHAM,
Joshua Johnson, CRCP-I
Illinois Chapter President