Public Policy Issue Briefs

Medicare Subcommittee issue brief in the Medicare at 50 series exploring the financial challenges facing the Medicare program and highlighting the need for policy options to ensure the program's long-term sustainability. (July 29, 2015)
Medicare Subcommittee issue brief in the Medicare at 50 series examining the diverse needs and characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries. (July 29, 2015)
Social Security Committee issue brief on 2015 Social Security Trustees Report examining the social insurance program’s long-term solvency issues and recommending that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program. (July 29, 2015)
Medicare Subcommittee issue brief, “Medicare’s Financial Condition: Beyond Actuarial Balance,” on significant concerns about Medicare’s long-term financial health. (July 24, 2015)
Health Practice International Committee issue brief exploring current wellness initiatives with four international case studies as examples. (July 6, 2015)
Health Care Cost Work Group issue brief addresses health care cost growth in Medicare by providing a framework for understanding and evaluating the options for reforming Medicare and their potential effects on cost growth, quality of care, and access to care. (June 5, 2015)
Health Practice Council issue brief examining the approaches included in various proposals policymakers are considering in case the Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell that federal premium subsidies are not available for individual market plans in states participating in the federally facilitated marketplace. (May 28, 2015)
Individual and Small Group Market Task Force issue brief examining how the rules applying to groups sized 51-100 will change with the Affordable Care Act's scheduled expansion of the definition of small employers to those with up to 100 employees and what that will mean for insurance offerings in the small group market. (March 2, 2015)
Social Security Committee issue brief on 2014 Social Security Trustees Report examining the social insurance program’s long-term solvency and stating that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of Social Security. (October 21, 2014)
Health Practice International Task Force issue brief providing an overview of the prevalence and costs associated with diabetes internationally and exploring current diabetes mitigation efforts in seven specific countries. (August 13, 2014)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (July 31, 2014)
Medical Professional Liability Insurance Committee fact sheet on medical professional liability exposures. (June 6, 2014)
Health Practice Council issue brief providing an overview of the factors underlying general premium rate setting and highlighting the major drivers behind why 2015 premiums could differ from those in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (June 4, 2014)
Social Security Committee issue brief analyzing Social Security design changes that would create a defined contribution system within the program for workers to accumulate contributions in individual accounts to fund their retirement income. (May 27, 2014)
Social Security Committee updated issue brief that discusses measures to evaluate Social Security reform proposals. (May 2, 2014)
Health Care Cost Work Group issue brief providing an overview of a number of relatively new care delivery models, as well as some existing but lesser-used models, and examining the potential for each to help slow health care spending and improve health care quality. (April 4, 2014)
Pension Plans Public Plans Subcommittee issue brief introducing the objectives and principles for funding pension plans for state and local government. (February 19, 2014)
Pension Practice Council issue brief that examines the different measurements of the obligations of defined-benefit pension plans and discusses two common measurements for these plans: solvency value and budget value. (November 21, 2013)
Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee issue brief providing an overview of Affordable Care Act provisions - 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. (November 1, 2013)
Issue brief addressing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s deficit in its single-employer program. The issue brief concludes that the agency’s methods and assumptions have produced a reasonable representation of the PBGC single-employer program’s current obligation and deficit. (August 22, 2013)