Health News

The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee sent comments to the Office of Regulations and Interpretations within the Employee Benefits Security Administration in response to the Department of Labor's proposed rule on the definition of employer—small business health plans. (February 9, 2018)
The Joint P&C/Health Bond Factors Analysis Work Group submitted a discussion draft of a report on P/C and Health bond factors for consideration by the NAIC’s Joint Health RBC and P/C RBC Drafting Group. 
(January 31, 2018)
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee sent comments to Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in response to the Department of Health and Human Services’ request for information on promoting healthcare choice and competition. (January 25, 2018)
The Academy released a summary of select significant regulatory and legislative developments in 2017 at the state, federal, and international levels of interest to the U.S. actuarial profession.
(January 12, 2018)
The winter StateScan Quarterly highlights state legislation in the past quarter related to auto insurance, health insurance marketplace changes, pension plans, principle-based reserving, and more. For a comprehensive review, log in to StateScan, the legislative and regulatory portal free for Academy members. (December 14, 2017)
The Health Practice Council submitted a letter to the U.S. House and Senate providing comments on the potential consequences of eliminating the ACA's individual mandate, as possible in the conference committee for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (December 12, 2017)
The Health Practice International Committee published an issue brief on global aging demographics, quality of life during the end-of-life period, palliative versus curative care, and strategies for address health care challenges at the end of life using case studies from a variety of countries. (December 6, 2017)
The Risk Sharing Subcommittee and Premium Review Work Group submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the proposed rule for the 2019 benefit and payment parameters. The comments address proposed changes to the risk sharing mechanisms, special enrollment periods, essential health benefits, minimum essential coverage, and medical loss ratios.
(November 27, 2017)
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)
Chair of the LTC & Disability Committee, Al Schmitz, gives a presentation to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators about long-term care and sales and premium increase data; understanding premium rate increases; and essential criteria in LTC reform. (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)