Misty Baker has joined the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas as director of health insurance information. In this newly created role, Baker will serve as a member resource for agency personnel working in life and health lines, including employee benefits. She’ll advise members on life and health issues and develop related educational and training programs. Baker will also advise IIAT on legislative and regulatory issues in the life and health arena.
Baker has been in the insurance industry for 13 years. In 2000, Baker founded Lonestar Benefit Solutions, an independent agency that focused on individual health insurance needs, health savings accounts and small group plans. In 2006, Baker was named to the Texas Health Coverage Awareness and Education Program Task Force by TDI Commissioner Mike Geeslin.
Baker has been a member of the Austin Association of Health Underwriters (AAHU) since 1999 where she served as president. She has also served as the director of legislative affairs for the Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) and is currently president-elect of TAHU. Baker has been the recipient of many awards recognizing her outstanding service to the industry, including: the 2003 Hutzler Award in Austin for outstanding service to the AAHU board, the 2005 and 2011 Tom Schilling Outstanding Texan of the Year awards, the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) state legislative achievement award, the 2006 TAHU legislative award, the 2008 NAHU Spirit of Freedom Award, and the 2010 Shirley Hutzler Legislative Excellence Award.