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Join us to learn more about the recently released minimum value (MV) calculator—an important component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. The American Academy of Actuaries will hold this free webinar with representatives from the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), who will provide a brief demonstration of the calculator and then answer YOUR questions about the MV calculator. (March 28, 2013)
The Casualty, Health, Life, and Professionalism Councils sent comments to the NAIC’s Joint Qualified Actuary (A/B/C) Subgroup in response to its request for comments to a list of nine questions in anticipation of the Subgroup’s meeting at the NAIC Spring National Meeting on April 5, 2013. (March 28, 2013)
The Medical Loss Ratio Work Group submitted comments to HHS on a proposed rule that requires issuers to offer a new type of individual health insurance policy covering contraceptive benefits. The comments focus only on the effect of the proposed rule on the MLR calculation. (March 28, 2013)
The NAIC Health Actuarial Task Force has exposed for comment the 2012 Group Long-Term Disability Valuation Table, a proposed related Actuarial Guideline, and the proposed modification to the Health Insurance Reserves Model Regulation.  Comments are due by May 31. (March 15, 2013)
The newly formed Long-Term Care Terminations Work Group sent a letter to the NAIC announciing the work group's formation and its charge to gather data on terminations in long-term care insurance. (March 15, 2013)
This March 20 webinar will cover the recently released final and interim final rules related to the implementation of the three risk-sharing mechanisms in the Affordable Care Act—risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors (otherwise known as the “3Rs”). Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services will will focus their presentation on the new methodology for reconciling advanced cost-sharing reduction payments. Register for free! (March 14, 2013)
Read about recent health care reform activities in the latest edition of HealthCheck. (March 13, 2013)
Join us on March 13 and 14 for this free two-part webinar series to learn more about the recently released final rules related to the Affordable Care Act implementation. The American Academy of Actuaries will hold this webinar with representatives from the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, who will be on hand to answer YOUR questions, specifically regarding actuarial value determinations, cost-sharing reductions, essential health benefits, and the final market reform rules. (March 12, 2013)
Cori Uccello, the Academy's senior health fellow, submitted written testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health in response to its recent hearing that examined Medicare's traditional fee-for-service benefit design. (March 8, 2013)
The Rate Review Practice Note Work Group submitted comments to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) recommending several modifications to the unified rate review template and instructions associated with the final rules implementing the rate review and disclosure provisions in the ACA. (March 7, 2013)
Presenters will provide health actuaries with information on the relationship between Medicare provider payment rates and those for private insurance. This information is important for understanding how any changes in Medicare provider payment rates could affect private plans. Projecting the effects of moving Medicare to a premium support program also requires the consideration of this key issue. Register today! (February 19, 2013)
ACA Regulation Review Videos: As of Nov. 8, 2013, the RegReview website is no longer available.
(February 19, 2013)
The Academy sent a letter to President Obama and top administration officials urging them to require Academy membership as a qualification for any candidate to the chief actuary position at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Read the news release. (February 19, 2013)
Read about recent health care reform activities in the latest edition of HealthCheck. (February 13, 2013)
The Casualty, Life, Health, and Professionalism councils submitted comments to the NAIC's Joint Qualified Actuary (A/B/C) Subgroup on the subgroup's two new charges related to defining a "qualified actuary" and recommending a process to address "unprofessional" actuarial work. (February 11, 2013)
The Health Solvency Work Group submitted a letter to the NAIC's Health Risk-Based Capital Working Group giving the work group's analysis of possible risks caused by the Affordable Care Act as it relates to health risk-based capital.  (February 8, 2013)
The Academy/SOA's Cancer Claims Cost Tables Work Group submitted a letter to the NAIC's Health Actuarial Task Force that updated the progress of the valuation table and the work it expects to do over the next six months. (February 1, 2013)
The Academy's Large Group Medical Business Practice Note Work Group has released for a 60-day comment period an updated practice note relating to Large Group Medical Business. (January 24, 2013)
The Academy's Health Practice Council sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders urging them to appoint an actuary to the new Commission on Long-Term Care that was enacted as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Read the news release. (January 14, 2013)
The Health Care Receivables Factors Work Group submitted a updated proposal to the NAIC's Health Risk-Based Capital Working Group providing recommendations for receivables factors in the current RBC formula.  (January 8, 2013)