Public Policy

The Academy, through its public policy work, seeks to address pressing issues that require or would benefit by the sound application of actuarial principles. The Academy provides unbiased actuarial expertise and advice to public policy decision makers and stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels in all areas of actuarial qualifications. It also advocates on behalf of the profession and promotes the use of actuaries in non-traditional areas.

Public Interest
The Public Interest Committee (PIC) identifies areas in which the Academy should be speaking out in the public interest. Issues addressed have included raising Social Security’s retirement age and public pension plans.
Casualty
The Casualty Practice Council (CPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on major property/casualty issues, including medical professional liability and flood insurance.
Health
The Health Practice Council (HPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on major health insurance and health care affordability issues, including Medicare.
Life
The Life Practice Council (LPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on life insurance issues, including a principle-based regulatory approach to reserving and risk-based capital.
Pension
The Pension Practice Council (PPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on major retirement policy issues, including Social Security, defined benefit pension plans, and retiree health.
Risk Management and Financial Reporting
The Risk Management and Financial Reporting Council (RMFRC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on issues involving risk management and/or financial reporting.

Public Policy News

The Health Practice Council published an issue brief examining ways in which the individual health insurance market can be strengthened and made more viable. (April 24, 2017)
The ERM/ORSA Committee made a presentation at the ERM Symposium in New Orleans on its 2016 practice note, Quantifying Risk Exposures for Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Reports. (April 21, 2017)
The Principle-Based Reserve (PBR) Model Governance Practice Note Work Group released a new practice note to provide additional information for practicing life actuaries seeking to better understand models, model risks, model governance, and related issues, as these actuaries implement PBR.
(April 20, 2017)
The Flood Insurance Work Group released a new public policy monograph, The National Flood Insurance Program: Challenges and Solutions. The monograph provides objective information to policy makers on differing approaches to premium setting and program financing, including both public and private financing mechanisms. It also examines improvements in flood risk assessment and modeling that are reducing the uncertainties surrounding flood coverage and could lead to greater market participation by private insurers and reinsurers. Read the news release. (April 19, 2017)
The Pension Practice Council sent a letter to Congressional leaders on pension-related revenue offsets. (April 18, 2017)

PUBLIC POLICY STATEMENTS

Comments and letters

Comments, analysis, or explanatory material prepared for an external audience on behalf of an Academy group or the Academy as a whole; these include letters, memos, reports, and fact sheets.

Issue briefs

Analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for: policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public.

Policy papers

Include white papers and monographs which are longer, more detailed analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for: policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public. Includes monographs and white papers.

Presentations

Slides presented by the Academy at webinars, seminars, briefings, hearings, or other meetings and events.

Reports to the NAIC

The Academy works with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on the creation and refinement of sensible, effective regulation. These reports and related documents highlight the NAIC-related work of Academy practice councils.

Testimony

Written and oral testimony provided to Congress or to other governmental and quasigovernmental bodies.

Practice Notes

Practice notes

Generally written in a Q&A format, practice notes offer examples of current and emerging approaches to selected actuarial tasks. They are intended to supplement the available actuarial literature, especially where the practices addressed are subject to evolving technology, recently adopted external requirements, or advances in actuarial science and other applicable disciplines.