Health News

Academy/SOA Individual Disability Table Work Group presents update to the Disability Insurance & Long-Term Care Insurer's Forum on work being done to complete the individual disability table. (September 20, 2013)
Learn what’s new and find out what has been updated in the Academy’s practice note, “Large Group Medical Insurance Reserves, Liabilities, and Actuarial Assets,” which provides information for valuation actuaries regarding their responsibilities relating to the determination of reserve levels and other actuarial assets and liabilities for large group medical insurance coverage. The Sept. 27 webinar topics will include the definition of large group medical business; funding arrangements that are currently being used; pertinent regulatory and legislative issues; and asset adequacy analysis. (September 9, 2013)
Health actuaries: Do you calculate minimum or actuarial values under the Affordable Care Act? Register now to learn about the new minimum value and actuarial value requirements under the ACA and some of the technical issues associated with these calculations. (September 6, 2013)
The Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Work Group submitted additional comments to CMS on the proposed rule implementing MLR requirements for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare prescription drug (Part D) programs. (September 6, 2013)
Joint Committee on Retiree Health submits comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on revisions to a second exposure draft of ASOP No. 6, Measuring Retiree Group Benefits Obligations and Determining Retiree Group Benefits Program Periodic Costs or Prefunding Contributions. (August 30, 2013)
Health and Pension Practice Council sent a letter to the Actuarial Standards Board on coordinating Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOP) affecting pension and retiree group benefits. (August 30, 2013)
Two Academy practice councils made presentations at the NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research Summit. Dave Neve, chairperson of the Life Financial Soundness Risk Management Committee, made a presentation on issues related to internal modeling for PBR at the summit on behalf of the Life Practice Council. Academy Vice President Mike Angelina, representing the Casualty Practice Council, presented actuarial perspectives on both property/casualty insurance issues and the effects of current liability reporting. (August 27, 2013)
The Minimum Value Practice Note Work Group released a practice note exposure draft related to determinations of minimum value (MV) and actuarial value (AV) under the Affordable Care Act for a 45-day exposure period. Comments on Minimum Value and Actuarial Value Determinations Under the Affordable Care Act should be submitted by September 30. (August 12, 2013)
Reforms introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may create uncertainty for health insurance issuers. What does this uncertainty mean for your future financial statements, especially given increased ACA requirements for actuarial estimates in financial reporting? Register for the Aug. 22 webinar to learn about the financial reporting implications of several key provisions of the ACA—premium stabilization programs, new taxes and fees, advanced payments, and existing actuarial liabilities. (August 7, 2013)
Large Group Medical Business Practice Note Work Group released an updated practice note on large group medical business. (August 7, 2013)
The Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee released a new white paper providing an overview of provisions in the Affordable Care Act - the premium-stabilization programs, new taxes and fees, advanced payments, and existing actuarial liabilities - that may create a certain amount of volatility on future financial statements. (June 25, 2013)
The Medicare Steering Committee submits written testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health regarding a hearing on the 2013 Medicare Trustees Report. (June 20, 2013)
The Medicare Steering Committee updated its annual issue brief that offers an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlines the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (June 12, 2013)
The Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee submitted comments to the NAIC on its proposed modifications to the Maintenance Submission Form that addresses an Accounting Standards Update surrounding fees paid to the federal government by health insurers.  (May 17, 2013)
The American Academy of Actuaries will host a May 17 Hill briefing on how changes to health insurance premiums stemming from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could vary considerably. Experts will present basic premium concepts; provisions in the ACA that affect premiums; and, how the provisions in ACA may change premiums. (May 12, 2013)
The Academy's Senior Health Fellow has written an issue brief that provides an overview of the basic concepts underlying premium calculations, and highlights and examines several Affordable Care Act-related provisions that could affect premiums. (May 9, 2013)
Read about recent health care reform activities in the latest edition. (May 8, 2013)
The Risk Sharing Work Group submitted comments to HHS on the interim final rule implementing amendments to the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule. (April 30, 2013)
The Rate Review Practice Note Work Group released for comment an addendum to the October 2012 practice note, Actuarial Practices Relating to Preparing, Reviewing, and Commenting on Rate Filings Prepared in Accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Comments on the addendum, which highlights changes to the rate review and disclosure requirements since the initial practice note was finalized, are due by June 3. (April 26, 2013)
The Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Work Group submitted comments to CMS on the proposed rule implementing MLR requirements for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare prescription drug (Part D) programs. (April 25, 2013)