Public Policy Issue Briefs

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)
Social Security Committee issue brief examining the 2013 Social Security Trustees Report. (August 12, 2013)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief offering an annual perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (June 12, 2013)
Issue brief by Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello 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)
Pension Committee issue brief that recommends allowing private sector defined benefit plans to voluntarily raise their normal retirement age above 65 to align their plans with Social Security. (March 7, 2013)
Issue guide on Medicare premium support and the potential implications of shifting Medicare to a premium support program. (February 11, 2013)
Update of a June 2011 issue brief by the Health Care Quality Work Group highlighting a number of actuarial issues that should be considered when designing and implementing accountable care organizations (December 19, 2012)
Issue guide on Social Security to help evaluate Social Security reform proposals. (December 17, 2012)