Public Policy Issue Briefs

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)
Medicare Steering Committee annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (May 31, 2009)
Task Force on Genetic Testing in Health Insurance issue brief reviewing the fundamentals of risk selection and risk classification to help policymakers and the public better understand the role that risk classification plays in the voluntary individual health insurance market. (March 1, 2009)
Natural Catastrophe Subcommittee issue brief describing current issues in insurance ratemaking for catastrophic events. (December 1, 2008)
Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting issue brief intended to improve actuarial communications of issues surrounding the use of reserve ranges and variability of unpaid claim estimates. (September 1, 2008)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief discussing current assessments of health care quality, the process for incorporating new treatment protocols and technologies into health insurance coverage, and the policy implications of comparative effectiveness research. (September 1, 2008)
Uninsured Work Group issue brief providing comments on the limitations of certain proposals to address the drivers of health spending growth and highlighting those proposals with significant potential. (September 1, 2008)
Uninsured Work Group issue brief discussing the fundamental principles of insurance, whether and how they apply to health coverage plans, and the implications of deviating from those fundamental principles. (July 1, 2008)
Social Insurance Committee annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on the Social Security Trustees Report. (May 1, 2008)