The National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) held its 2010 Fall Educational Conference at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on November 10th -12th. Approximately 200 attendees were treated to an excellent educational program in impressive surroundings.
The program opened on Wednesday evening with Congressman Dean Heller, R-Nevada as the guest speaker at the welcome reception. Congressman Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts was the luncheon keynote speaker on Thursday. Both of these U.S. congressmen provided some very interesting perspectives on the recent elections and what to expect with the new Congress.
Thursday’s presentations covered a broad range of topics, including: Political Report, In-Force Structured Settlements, Protecting Medicare’s Interest in ALL Settlements, The Do’s and Don’ts of Structured Settlements, A Perspective of Structured Settlements, NSSTA Legal Committee Update, How Life Care Planners Can Help You Tailor Your Settlement, and Ratings: Right and Wrong.
The conference continued Friday morning with: Wrongful Imprisonment & Structured Settlements, The Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSC) Program, Structured Settlements: What I Tell My Clients About Them and Why, Marketing Structured Settlements Through the Internet, and 2010 Election Results – Impact on Structured Settlements.
As you can see, there was a strong focus on legislative affairs, which has been a top priority of NSSTA for many years now. There was also some news that the marketing committee is working on some new plans to try to grow and expand the entire structured settlement industry.
David Korch, EPS Settlements and myself, Doug Shaw, Medivest Benefit Advisors, Inc. gave the panel presentation on Thursday which focused on MSA’s in Liability Settlements. We emphasized that there is some clarity that is starting to form with Medicare Secondary Payer compliance in liability settlements. We also gave a current update which included comments about “TPOC” day, U.S v. Stricker, Bradley v. Sebelius, and U.S. v. Hadden, all of which we have explained in previous blogs.