Health Comments and Letters

Health Practice Council letter to Congress outlining technical and policy issues that need to be addressed before the passage of health reform legislation to ensure success of the reforms. (March 8, 2010)
Health Practice Council letter to the White House and invitees of the Feb. 25 bipartisan health summit stressing critical actuarial aspects of health reform legislation that will need to be addressed to support the stated goals of reducing the number of uninsured, increasing the availability and affordability of coverage, and enhancing the focus on quality of care and health spending growth. (February 24, 2010)
Letter to NAIC regarding the joint Academy State LTC Task Force and SOA Valuation Committee project to develop and recommend valuation morbidity tables for long-term care insurance. (February 22, 2010)
Medicare Supplement Work Group additional comments to NAIC on the draft revisions to the Medicare Supplement Compliance Manual, clarifying the use of the pooling approach used in the manual and how it may interact with loss ratio standards. (February 2, 2010)
Health Practice Council letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid highlighting some of the key differences on actuarial issues between the House's Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) and the Senate's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (January 14, 2010)
Health Practice Council letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell that outlines key isuses that need to be considered when evaluating whether the Senate's health care reform bill will lead to a viable health insurance system and discusses whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act addresses the outlined issues. (November 20, 2009)
Health Practice Council letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader John Boehner providing an actuarial perspective on health insurance market reforms, outlining three criteria to ensure that the current markets remain viable, and offering comments on how certain provisions of the House’s Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) conform with those criteria. (November 6, 2009)
Medical Professional Liability Insurance Subcommittee letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding "The Affordable Health Care for America Act" and its possible effects on medical professional liability insurance. (November 5, 2009)
Federal Long-Term Care Task Force letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions regarding actuarial issues and policy implications on the the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS Act). (July 22, 2009)
Medicare Steering Committee comments on the first in a series of Senate Finance Committee policy options papers, Transforming the Health Care Delivery System. (May 29, 2009)
Health Practice Council comments on the Senate Finance Committee’s series of policy options papers, Expanding Healthcare Coverage: Proposals to Provide Affordable Coverage to All Americans. (May 22, 2009)
Health Practice Council comments to the Senate related to introduced legislation, the Women's Health Insurance Fairness Act, that would eliminate gender as a rating factor for individual health insurance. (May 15, 2009)
Medicare Steering Committee and Health Care Quality Work Group comments to the Senate Finance Committee on the draft legislation "Medicare Hospital Quality Improvement Act of 2008", which would link Medicare hospital payments to performance on certain quality measures. (December 15, 2008)
Medicare Part D RBC Subgroup letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for financial data related to Medicare Part D, which will be used to update a report on Medicare Part D RBC risk factors. (October 6, 2008)
Health RBC Trend Test Work Group report to the NAIC on evaluating the effectiveness of three proposed trend tests. (August 26, 2008)
Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee comments on proposed changes in the actuarial opinion instructions for NAIC health annual statements. (February 19, 2008)
Joint Committee on Retiree Health letter to Texas officials about misinterpretations of the committee's 2006 comments on accounting standards for OPEBs. (June 15, 2007)
Medicare Part D RBC Subgroup revision proposals to the NAIC life and health RBC instructions for Medicare Part D to address a potential unintended consequence related to the Authorized Control Level (ACL) RBC results. (June 3, 2007)
Medicare Part D RBC Subgroup comment letter to NAIC's Health Risk Based Capital Working Group on a possible update of proposed risk factors previously developed by the Academy's Medicare Part D subgroup. (May 3, 2007)
Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee letter to Julia T. Philips, the Chair of the NAIC's Health Risk-Based Capital (RBC) Working Group, that comments on a proposal made by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida regarding the treatment in the NAIC RBC formulas of medical insurance products for which active life reserves are held. The letter provided initial thoughts on the matter and seeks further input from the NAIC in light of these thoughts. (May 3, 2007)