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 Pension Committee submitted a comment letter to the ERISA Advisory Council regarding the Annual Funding Notice for Defined Benefit Plans (AFN). (August 16, 2017)
The Pension Committee submitted a comment letter to Rep. Devin Nunes regarding incentives to provide annuity payouts from qualified plans. (August 11, 2017)
The Academy presented on both public policy and professionalism matters at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2017 Summer National Meeting Aug. 6-9 in Philadelphia, PA. A wide range of public policy topics across the Academy's practice areas were covered at the meeting, including: health insurer cost-sharing reduction (CSR) reimbursements, principle-based reserving for life insurance and other products, Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI),  the availability and affordability of automobile insurance, and reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. (August 11, 2017)
Standard Valuation Law Interest Rate Modernization Work Group presented an update to the NAIC's Life Actuarial Task Force (LATF) summarizing its activities on its new project to modernize the process of setting valuation interest rates for non-variable annuities (except SPIAs).  (August 5, 2017)
The Annuity Reserves Work Group presented an update on its work related to issues that need to be modified for non-variable annuities to the Life Actuarial Task Force. (August 5, 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

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.