Programs for young professionals at AHIP annual event

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Young professionals looking to advance their careers will find plenty of opportunities at the health insurance industry’s largest gathering next week in Las Vegas.

America's Health Insurance Plans' newly launched “Young Professionals Network” aims to promote and inspire leadership among young health insurance professionals, according to an AHIP blog post. Launched in April, it makes its big debut at the trade group's annual Institute.

“This group will help those 35 years old or younger prosper and grow in their careers. This demographic accounts for over 30 percent of the U.S. workforce, so investing in their futures--and the future of our country’s healthcare--should be a no-brainer,” the post notes. “We want the youngest and brightest members in health insurance to take the most advantage of AHIP’s resources and networks as we empower with them to shape our industry for the better.”

In a session at 3 p.m. on June 15, Joe Judge, president of executive coaching firm Clear Possibilities, will speak directly to millennials in a session titled “Millennial Game Plan for Success: Essential Advice for Today’s Young Professional.” It should also be of interest to those who employ young professionals.

As digital natives, this generation has grown up with instant feedback and access to information, the session description notes. “As employees, they are ambitious and hungry for success--and open communication is key to this success." 

The session will guide attendees through creating a development plan for yourself or your employees.

On Friday, the last day of the show, an 8:15 a.m. session takes a look at this large cohort from a different point-of-view--as consumers of healthcare and decision-makers for their baby boomer parents.

“This generation will be game-changing and will demand a different healthcare experience from payers and providers as a purchaser, consumer and patient,” the session description notes. Speaker Ellen Brown, an executive vice president at consulting firm Glenridge HealthCare Solutions, will answer key questions: How will the traditional legacy industry transform and what should payers do to prepare?