Longtime Health Agent Group CEO to Leave Post


The head of a major health insurance producer group plans to do something else next year.

The group, the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals (formerly National Association of Health Underwriters), announced last week that its CEO, Janet Trautwein, will step down at the end of the year to “pursue other opportunities.”

NABIP did not describe the other opportunities.

Washington-based NABIP was founded in 1930 and has grown to about 100,000 members. The group changed its name to reflect that many members now focus on helping clients with arrangements such as employee benefits and Medicare plans, in addition to traditional major medical insurance.

Trautwein started out as vice president of Swenson-Stokes Employee Benefits, a health insurance brokerage firm in Austin, Texas. While at Swenson-Stokes, she was the legislative director of the Texas Association of Health Underwriters.

She moved to the National Association of Health Underwriters in 1997, serving as its director of state government affairs. As a member of the NAHU staff, Trautwein helped insurance agents and brokers shape the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Medicare Advantage program, the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and the Affordable Care Act.

The NABIP board has hired a search firm to find a new CEO and hopes to name Trautwein’s successor by June.

NABIP president Kelly Fristoe said the board is extremely grateful to Trautwein for her 26 years of service to the organization. The group plans to honor her in February, at its Capitol Conference in Washington.