Dierdre (Dede) Kennedy-Simington

Dierdre (Dede) Kennedy-Simington

BenAssist Health Insurance Services

Dede Kennedy-Simington, President of BenAssist Health Insurance Services, is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist, a full blown legislative junkie having lobbied on healthcare reform in Washington and Sacramento for the last 16 years, has served an array of industries over her 30 year career, including Cannabis companies for the last 5 years.

She is nationally recognized for her expertise in consulting with large and small businesses, crafting strategies that:

  • improve the attraction and retention of quality and trustworthy employees;
  • positively affect their bottom line;
  • improve operations and strengthen bonds between employers and their employees.

A national health insurance industry award-winner, Ms. Kennedy-Simington is a frequent speaker at conferences about the ever-changing health insurance landscape, is a contributor to Marijuana Ventures and has also been interviewed by the L.A. Times, NPR, Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, California HealthLine, KPCC, KCal 9 and ABC7 in Los Angeles, among many others. She served as President of the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters during the implementation of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), working closely with Covered California and is an outspoken and passionate advocate for affordable access to quality healthcare.