Health News

The Academy continued its dialog with insurance regulators on a wide variety of issues, including long-term care insurance, automobile insurance, risk-based capital, and principle-based reserving at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners 2015 Fall National Meeting held November 19-22 at National Harbor, outside of Washington, DC. Read the Academy Alert here.  (November 25, 2015)
The Individual Disability Tables Work Group (IDTWG) presented updated incidence modifiers report for use in active life reserve calculations for employer-sponsored disability income policies along with a corresponding memo to the chair of the Health Actuarial Task Force.
(November 18, 2015)
The Long-Term Care Terminations Work Group (LTCTWG) sent their final report to the NAIC's Long-Term Care Actuarial Working Group on terminations for long-term care (LTC) insurance. (November 18, 2015)
The Cancer Claims Cost Tables Work Group presented to the NAIC's Health Actuarial Task Force the produced graduated valuation tables, and sample reserve calculations.
(November 18, 2015)
The Medicare Supplemental Work Group sent answers concerning questions regarding the work group’s recommendations on modifications to the Medicare supplement refund formula.
(November 10, 2015)
The Health Solvency Subcommittee provided an update on the evaluation of asset risk in the health risk-based capital (HRBC) formula.
(November 9, 2015)
The Financial Reporting and Solvency Committee submitted a comment letter to the NAIC's Emerging Accounting Issues (E) Working Group on the “ACA Risk Corridors Collectability” exposure draft.  (October 30, 2015)
The Academy's Health Practice International Committee released a new issue brief exploring the similarities and differences with respect to long-term care reform in Austria, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and the U.S.  (October 29, 2015)
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Reform Subcommittee released issue briefs on LTC insurance portability, product design flexibility, and pricing flexibility as part of its new series on LTC issues. (October 23, 2015)
The Medicare Subcommittee released an issue brief that examines the potential for Medicare Advantage plans to improve quality of care at lower prices as part of its Medicare@50 series. (October 23, 2015)
The Academy held a forum on issues surrounding aging securely at the U.S. Capitol that explored long-term care, lifetime income, and the sustainability of public programs like Medicare and Social Security. (October 23, 2015)
The Active Benefits Subcommittee sent a letter to the IRS regarding Notice 2015-52 on the excise tax for high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (October 1, 2015)
The Premium Review Work Group sent a letter to CCIIO with suggested changes to the unified rate review template (URRT) and rating methodology. (September 22, 2015)
Academy Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello provided written testimony on potential implications of expanding small-group definition to companies with 51-100 employees to the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on affordable health care. (September 9, 2015)
The Long-Term Care Terminations Work Group presented an update to the NAIC's Long-Term Care Actuarial Working Group on progress made in developing a recommendation on LTC terminations and next steps.  The Long-Term Care Principle-Based Work Group offered an update on developing a principle-based approach model and a timeline for completion, and the Long-Term Care Credibility Monograph Work Group presented its progress in drafting a monograph that addresses long-term care credibility.   (August 14, 2015)
The Cancer Claims Cost Tables Work Group presented to the NAIC's Health Actuarial Task Force on the progress of the valuation table and expected next steps. (August 14, 2015)
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee released an issue brief that provides an overview of the factors underlying the general premium rate setting and highlights the major drivers behind why 2016 premiums could differ from those in 2015 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Click here to read the news release. (August 5, 2015)
The Financial Reporting Committee, Pension Accounting Committee, Casualty Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting, Health Financial Reporting and Solvency Committee, and Life Financial Reporting Committee sent comments to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on its “The Auditor's Use of the Work of Specialists” consultation paper. (July 31, 2015)
The Medicare Subcommittee published an issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's long-term financial condition in the wake of the 2015 Medicare Trustees report, and the Social Security Committee also released an issue brief on the Social Security Trustees latest report that examines the social insurance program’s long-term solvency challenges. (July 29, 2015)
The Medicare Subcommittee published “Does It Meet the Needs of the Beneficiaries?” “Is It Sustainable for 50 More Years?” and “Who Are the Beneficiaries?” the first three papers in its Medicare@50 series. The papers examine various aspects surrounding the program on its 50th anniversary. Read the news release. (July 29, 2015)