Public Policy Issue Briefs

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)
Social Security Committee issue brief that examines “means testing,” an option to reform Social Security that would reduce or eliminate benefits for wealthy and/or high-income participants and beneficiaries. (December 11, 2012)
Guide to help voters understand what premium support is and the potential implications of shifting Medicare to a premium support program. (October 9, 2012)
Decision brief highlighting some of the issues that federal and state policymakers and regulators should consider as they are making their Medicaid expansion decisions. (September 10, 2012)
Pension Practice Council issue brief debunking the myth that an 80% funded ratio is the proper basis for determining whether a pension plan is financially or “actuarially” sound. (July 31, 2012)
Social Security Committee issue brief examining the assumptions used to evaluate Social Security's financial condition. (May 31, 2012)
Social Security Committee issue brief on the significance of the Social Security trust funds. (May 31, 2012)
Social Security Committee issue brief examining the 2012 Social Security Trustees Report. (May 31, 2012)
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. (May 22, 2012)
Pension Practice Council issue brief examining the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premium structure. (April 26, 2012)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief discussing proposals to update Medicare's traditional fee-for-service benefit design. (March 1, 2012)
Social Security Committee issue brief on automatic adjustment mechanisms that could help address actuarial balance challenges facing Social Security. (August 4, 2011)
Actuarial Value Subgroup issue brief offering an overview of the concept of actuarial value, and insight into the calculation of actuarial value under the Affordable Care Act. (July 22, 2011)
Health Practice Council fact sheet providing an overview of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and how accountable care organizations (ACOs) are addressed in the Affordable Care Act. (June 16, 2011)