Public Policy Issue Briefs

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)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on accountable care organizations (ACOs) and outlining a number of issues that stakeholders should evaluate as ACOs are implemented. (June 16, 2011)
Risk Sharing Work Group issue brief providing an overview of the various risk-sharing mechanisms in the ACA and the risks each mechanism can mitigate. (June 1, 2011)
Social Security Committee issue brief highlighting the 2011 Social Security Trustees Report and outlining the public policy options to address Social Security's long-term financial soundness. (May 26, 2011)
Medicare Steering Committee's annual 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. (May 25, 2011)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief that summarizes the key cost, access, and quality issues associated with some of the Medicare-related provisions in the various debt and deficit reduction proposals. (May 12, 2011)
Medicare Steering Committee annual 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. (November 10, 2010)
Social Security Committee issue brief on the 2010 Social Security Trustees' Report. (October 15, 2010)
Social Insurance Committee updated issue brief examining the potential effects of increasing the retirement age for Social Security. (October 4, 2010)
Social Insurance Committee issue brief on changes to the benefit formula and taxation of benefits under proposed social security reform. (June 1, 2010)
Health Practice Council issue brief providing an overview of risk adjustment and outlining general considerations for implementing a risk adjustment mechanism under PPACA. (May 1, 2010)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief describing the current payment system, providing an overview of the goals of the Medicare Advantage program and addressing two of the alternative mechanisms (and some variations) for reducing payments to Medicare Advantage plans. (October 1, 2009)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief defining value-based insurance design (VBID), providing an overview of its prevalence, examining barriers to implementation, and reviewing policy considerations. (June 1, 2009)