Casualty News

The Academy published a new Essential Elements paper, Tax Treatment of Pensions and Insurance Protections, highlighting select tax treatments of pensions and insurance protections, and outlining the potential public policy trade-offs of changes to the tax code. Essential Elements is a series designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences.
(November 13, 2017)
The Casualty Practice Council sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives providing comments on pending legislation to reauthorize and revise the National Flood Insurance Program. Read the news release.  (November 8, 2017)
The Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting sent a comment letter to the NAIC's Actuarial Opinion Working Group on the possible effects of recent life insurance Valuation Manual changes on Statements of Actuarial Opinion of P/C insurers whose reports include accident and health (A&H) or long-term care (LTC) lines of business. (October 18, 2017)
The Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting submitted a comment letter to the NAIC’s Statutory Accounting Working Group, expressing concerns over a proposed new definition of reinsurance risk transfer in SSAP No. 62R: Property and Casualty Reinsurance. The letter says that the proposal needs further study and evaluation. (October 4, 2017)
The Casualty Practice Council sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging reauthorization and reform of the National Flood Insurance Program. (August 30, 2017)
The Casualty Practice Council sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs urging reauthorization and reform of the National Flood Insurance Program. Read the news release. (August 23, 2017)
The Academy released Auto Insurance in the 21st Century, which explores insurance issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing services, and distracted driving. The Essential Elements series is designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences. (August 2, 2017)
The P/C RBC Committee and the Health Solvency Subcommittee submitted a joint comment letter to the NAIC’s Investment Risk-Based Capital Working Group expressing concern about proposed changes to corporate bond factors. (July 25, 2017)
The Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting (COPLFR) submitted comments to the NAIC's Title Insurance Financial Reporting Working Group that raised questions about proposed changes to the way reserves are reported in the title statement of actuarial opinion. (July 14, 2017)
Academy Senior Casualty Fellow Jim MacGinnitie, and Stu Mathewson and Nancy Watkins, both members of the Flood Insurance Work Group, made a presentation on Capitol Hill based on the work group’s recent monograph, The National Flood Insurance Program: Challenges and Solutions. (June 26, 2017)
The Casualty Practice Council presented a full-day program on predictive modeling for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Insurance Summit in Kansas City on May 22-26. The program ended with a public policy panel discussion led by Senior Casualty Fellow Jim MacGinnitie. (May 25, 2017)
The Casualty Practice Council submitted a comment letter on the ASB's third exposure of the proposed Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOP), Estimating Future Costs for Prospective Property/Casualty Risk Transfer and Risk Funding. (April 27, 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 Workers Compensation Committee submitted a comment letter to California's Office of Self Insurance Plans that expresses concerns regarding guidance issued to actuaries who are evaluating self-insured workers compensation plans. (March 30, 2017)
Academy Senior Casualty Fellow Jim MacGinnitie presented the Actuaries Climate Index and Actuaries Climate Risk Index to the Inter-Agency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations meeting at NASA headquarters in Washington. (March 16, 2017)
The Academy released its 2016 P/C Loss Reserve Law Manual, which is updated from 2015 and designed to help appointed actuaries comply with NAIC annual statement requirements. The manual includes SAO requirements and state laws and regulations establishing requirements; annual statement instructions for the SAOs for P/C, title loss, and loss expense reserves; and other pertinent annual statement instructions. The manual is available online or as a CD-ROM, and members can order online here.  (December 30, 2016)
The Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting (COPLFR) released the Statements of Actuarial Opinion on P/C Loss Reserves practice note. (December 27, 2016)
The Property and Casualty Risk-Based Capital Committee and the Health Solvency Subcommittee jointly submitted to the NAIC's Operational Risk Subgroup a comment letter on proposed changes to the operational risk factor in risk-based capital formulas for property/casualty and health.  (December 19, 2016)
The Academy released Managing the Risks in Cyberspace, an Essential Elements report that explores insurance issues surrounding cyberattacks, including risks from data theft or malicious software. The Essential Elements series is designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences. (December 9, 2016)
The Academy, in conjunction with three other actuarial organizations, launched the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI) that provides a quarterly measure of changes in extreme events and sea levels to inform actuaries, public policymakers, and the public about climate trends in the U.S. and Canada. Read the news release. (November 30, 2016)