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New LIFE Chair Has Deep LTCI Roots

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Debra Newman – a holder of the Long Term Care Professional designation who has been selling long-term care insurance (LTCI) since 1990 – is the new chair of the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE).

Newman, who has been chair-elect of LIFE, Arlington, Va., succeeded Michael Weintraub of Walnut Creek, Calif., as chair Jan. 1.

Weintraub continues to serve on the group’s board as the immediate past chair.

LIFE works to educate the public about the need for life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance and LTCI coverage.

The other new 2012 LIFE officers are Stephen Rothschild of Scottsdale, Ariz., the chair-elect, and Cindy Gentry of Corpus Christi, Texas; the secretary.

Brian Ashe continues to be treasurer, and Marvin Feldman continues to be the president.

One of the new board members, Matt McAvoy of Overland Park, Kan., holds the Long Term Care Professional (LTCP) designation.

Newman, who holds the LTCP designation along with the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations, is the founder of Newman Long Term Care, Richfield, Minn., a large LTCI agency.

In 2007, she was included on the Power List of Who’s Who in Long Term Care Insurance.

She also is a past national president of the Association of Health Insurance Advisors (AHIA) and a past president of the Minneapolis chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Falls Church, Va.

She has spoken at the Society of Actuaries Annual Long Term Care Conference, and she was a guest speaker at the 2004 State Focus Group on Policy Briefing on Long Term Care Options in Minnesota.

NAIFA created an instructional program based on her presentation on selling LTCI as an executive benefit.