Public Policy Issue Briefs

Health Practice Council issue brief examining ways in which the individual health insurance market can be strengthened and made more viable.
(April 24, 2017)
Medicaid Funding Work Group issue brief addresses key design elements of block grants and per capita caps in relation to program sustainability.
(March 17, 2017)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief highlighting the various policy considerations and the potential implications of allowing the sale of insurance across state lines. (February 13, 2017)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief highlighting the various policy consideration and potential implications of establishing association health plans (AHPs). (February 13, 2017)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief providing an overview of three potential high-risk pool approaches to covering the costs of high-risk enrollees and examining the implications of various design features, including eligibility criteria, benefit coverage, funding sources, and regulatory responsibility. (February 10, 2017)
Pension Committee issue brief that explores five different approaches used in developing a yield curve, and associated spot rates, from a bond model. 
(December 30, 2016)
LTC Criteria Work Group issue brief examining the essential criteria that should be used to analyze long-term care (LTC) financing reform proposals. (November 29, 2016)
Pension Practice Council issue brief that examines the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) multiemployer pension program, which could exhaust its assets in less than 10 years and be forced to cut benefits to retirees receiving PBGC support unless changes are made. (October 20, 2016)
Pension Committee issue brief that explores risk transfers by defined benefit pension plans from the perspectives of plan sponsors, beneficiaries, and policymakers. (October 11, 2016)
Social Security Committee issue brief exploring possible design changes to Social Security to address issues faced by a growing part of the U.S. population who may attain advanced ages and lack adequate resources. (June 30, 2016)
Social Security Committee issue brief on 2016 Social Security Trustees Report examining the program’s long-term solvency issues and recommending that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program.
(June 27, 2016)
Medicare Subcommittee issue brief on significant concerns about Medicare’s long-term financial health. (June 24, 2016)
LTC Reform Subcommittee issue brief providing an overview of premium rate increases on private long-term care insurance policyholders. (June 2, 2016)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief providing an overview of the general factors underlying premium rate setting and highlighting the major components driving premium changes in 2017 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (May 9, 2016)
Health Practice International Committee 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)
Medicare at 50: Medicare Advantage Plans
Medicare Subcommittee issue brief that examines the potential for Medicare Advantage plans to improve quality of care at lower prices as part the Medicare@50 series. (October 23, 2015)
Long-Term Care Insurance: Portability
Long-Term Care (LTC) Reform Subcommittee issue brief exploring observations and challenges in LTC insurance portability, which is part of its new LTC series. (October 23, 2015)
Long-Term Care Insurance: Product Design Flexibility
Long-Term Care (LTC) Reform Subcommittee issue brief that examines the limited role played by private insurance in financing long-term care services and supports, which is part of its new LTC series. (October 23, 2015)
Long-Term Care Insurance: Pricing Flexibility
Long-Term Care (LTC) Reform Subcommittee issue brief exploring observations and concerns about pricing in LTC insurance, which is part of its new LTC series. (October 23, 2015)
Lifetime Income Risk Joint Task Force issue brief explaining general retirement planning considerations. (October 22, 2015)