Health News

The Health Practice Council submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate providing comments on the potential consequences of eliminating the ACA's individual mandate, as recently included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (November 21, 2017)
The Comparative Effectiveness Work Group of the Health Care Delivery Committee published an issue brief providing an actuarial overview of comparative effectiveness research, including measuring its impact and its potential to reduce health care costs. (November 17, 2017)
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 Health Practice Council sent a letter to the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS on the October 12 executive order. (November 7, 2017)
The Health Practice Council sent comments to U.S. Senate Leadership on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal (GCHJ), which would make revisions to the individual health insurance market and approaches to federal Medicaid funding.  (September 22, 2017)
The Health Practice Council sent a letter to U.S. Senate HELP Committee on efforts to stabilize the individual health insurance market. (September 12, 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 Health Practice Council sent a letter to U.S. Senate leadership on the potential adverse consequences of legislation to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate which would lead to lower enrollment, a deterioration of the risk pool, and higher premiums. (July 25, 2017)
The Health Practice Council released a new policy paper highlighting cost-sharing reductions including what they are and why they need to be funded. (July 24, 2017)
The Medicare Subcommittee published an issue brief, Medicare’s Financial Condition: Beyond Actuarial Balance, on significant concerns about Medicare’s long-term financial health. (July 19, 2017)
The Health Practice Council released a new policy paper highlighting several frequently asked questions (FAQ) on risk pooling and explaining how it works in the individual health insurance market. The FAQ also explores the differences between a single risk pool and separate risk pools.  (July 14, 2017)
A new issue brief produced by the Individual and Small Group Markets Committee, Drivers of 2018 Health Insurance Premium Changes, provides an overview of the general factors underlying premium rate setting and highlights the major components driving premium changes for 2018. Read the news release. (July 11, 2017)
The Health Financial Reporting and Solvency Committee sent comments to the NAIC's Statutory Accounting Principles Working Group in a Form A Maintenance Maintenance Agenda Submission Form.  (July 7, 2017)
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee and the Medicaid Subcommittee sent comments to U.S. Senate Leadership on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017, which is intended to repeal and replace provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Read the news release. (June 30, 2017)
The Medicare Subcommittee sent comments to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on preserving and strengthening the Medicare program.
(June 1, 2017)
The Health Practice Council (HPC) sent comments to the Senate Finance Committee on improving the individual health insurance market and changing the approach to Medicaid funding. (May 23, 2017)
The Risk Sharing Subcommittee published an issue brief examining the risk adjustment program implemented under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the implications for the program under different potential changes to current insurance market rules.  (May 10, 2017)
The Stop-Loss Work Group sent comments to the NAIC’s Capital Adequacy (E) Task Force concerning calibration of risk factors in the Stop-Loss Factors Report. (May 9, 2017)
The Premium Review Subgroup submitted comments to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight on the final 2018 unified rate review template (URRT) instructions. (April 27, 2017)