Public Policy Issue Briefs

Medicare Steering Committee updated annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition. (March 31, 2008)
Consumer Driven Health Plans Work Group issue brief answering several common questions about HSAs, including: what are the different types of consumer driven health plans; who is choosing these types of plans; what impact will they have on health spending growth; and, how will they affect the traditional health insurance market. (October 1, 2007)
Mental Health Parity Work Group updated issue brief providing a description of mental health parity requirements and how group insurance plans have responded to those requirements. The brief also includes a discussion of the cost implications of expanded mental health parity requirements, including the impact on other medical costs. (September 30, 2007)
Social Security Committee issue brief evaluating the structure of basic Social Security benefits. (September 1, 2007)
Social Security Committee issue brief examining Social Security benefits for women. (July 2, 2007)
Social Insurance Committee annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on the Social Security Trustees Report.  (May 1, 2007)
Medicare Steering Committee annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition. (April 30, 2007)
Social Security Committee issue brief on Investing Social Security Assets in the Securities Market.
(March 1, 2007)
Small Group Market Task Force issue brief describing the types of medical insurance pools, highlighting issues that are fundamental to pooling, and illustrating how changes within a multiple small-employer pool would affect medical costs. The issue brief also describes different rating methods and examines the potential effects of introducing a new rating mechanism in an existing insurance market. (September 30, 2006)
Pension Committee issue brief discussing the value of defined benefit (DB) pension plans. (July 3, 2006)
Retirement Security Principles Task Force issue brief examining how to modernize America's retirement programs to keep pace with longevity. (April 24, 2006)
Mass Torts Subcommittee issue brief on current issues in asbestos litigation, including a summary of available litigation-related data and a highlight of recent changes in the litigation environment. (February 1, 2006)
Uninsured Subgroup updated issue brief providing insights on the fundamental questions facing policy-makers and health coverage sponsors, such as: What is health insurance coverage? What are ways to provide health care for the uninsured? What are the roles of individuals, employers, and government in health care financing? (December 31, 2005)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief exploring definitions and measures of health care quality and examining the pay for performance approach to rewarding improvements in quality, particularly in the Medicare program. (October 1, 2005)
Social Security Committee issue brief on the use of stochastic models in analyzing Social Security.
(October 1, 2005)
Disease Management Work Group issue brief providing policymakers and the public with a basic background on the financial evaluation of disease management programs and to highlight some of the analytical challenges. (April 27, 2005)
Association Health Plans Work Group issue brief examining some common questions about Association Health Plans. The issue brief also addresses some possible unintended consequences and related concerns that could arise if the creation of AHPs is not approached carefully. (March 1, 2005)
Senior Health Fellow issue brief outlining areas in which action, beyond the addition of the Medicare Part D program, could be taken to reform the Medicare program, including addressing long- term financing problems, balancing access to care while avoiding unnecessary utilization, private sector competition strategies, and addressing the insurance needs of individuals age 55 to 64. (February 1, 2005)
Medical Reinsurance Work Group issue brief providing a primer on the current commercial medical reinsurance market. The issue brief also outlines some of the issues policymakers should consider when designing and implementing a government-sponsored medical reinsurance program. (January 31, 2005)
Multiemployer Plans Task Force issue brief identifying several key principles of pension funding reform for multiemployer pension plans. (January 3, 2005)