Public Policy News

The Nonforfeiture Modernization Work Group submitted additional comments related to cancellation benefits on the Draft Contingent Deferred Annuity (CDA) Cancellation of Benefits Document to the NAIC CDA (A) Working Group. (October 20, 2015)
The AG 43/C-3 Phase II Work Group submitted comments on the "Variable Annuities Framework for Change" to the NAIC Variable Annuities Issues (E) Working Group. (October 16, 2015)
Read the newest edition of PBA Perspectives, the Academy’s quarterly update on regulatory, legislative, and Academy activities surrounding the implementation of the Principle-Based Approach (PBA) for life insurance. (October 6, 2015)
The Active Benefits Subcommittee sent a letter to the IRS regarding Notice 2015-52 on the excise tax for high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (October 1, 2015)
The Principle-Based Reserves Strategy Subgroup submitted comments to the Reinsuirance Task Force on the exposure draft, Non-Universal Life and Universal Life With Secondary Guarantees Credit for Reinsurance Model Regulation. (September 30, 2015)
The Life Illustrations Work Group (LIWG) submitted comments to the Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee regarding possible life insurance policy illustration issues that could be reviewed by the proposed Illustration Review (A) Working Group. (September 30, 2015)
The VM-22 drafting subgroup of the Annuity Reserve Work Group (ARWG) submitted comments to LATF’s VM-22 subgroup on draft sections of VM-22 that cover all non-variable annuities and deposit funds. (September 29, 2015)
The C1 Work Group (C1WG) provided comments on the ACLI’S proposal, Life Insurer C-1 Asset Risk-Based Capital Requirement – Real Estate,” which was exposed by the NAIC Investment Risk-Based Capital Working Group. (September 29, 2015)
The Solvency Committee submitted written testimony for the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance's hearing on "The Impact of Domestic Regulatory Standards on the U.S. Insurance Market." (September 29, 2015)
Pension Committee sent comments to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) regarding the proposed changes to the §4010 reporting requirements. (September 25, 2015)
The Premium Review Work Group sent a letter to CCIIO with suggested changes to the unified rate review template (URRT) and rating methodology. (September 22, 2015)
The Life Practice Council (LPC) submitted comments to the NAIC’s Principle-Based Reserving Implementation (EX) Task Force on its “Substantially Similar Terms and Provisions” to Determine the Valuation Manual Operative Date exposure draft. (September 17, 2015)
The Financial Reporting Committee (FRC) submitted comments to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on its proposal to limit unlocking the assumptions and discount rates for long-duration insurance contracts to only the fourth quarter. (September 16, 2015)
The Reinsurance Committee sent comments to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on the draft Certified Reinsurers and Passporting Public Document. (September 11, 2015)
The Price Optimization Task Force submitted a comment letter to the NAIC’s Casualty Actuarial and Statistical Task Force (CASTF) on its Price Optimization White Paper, which was exposed at the NAIC’s summer national meeting. (September 10, 2015)
Academy Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello provided written testimony on potential implications of expanding small-group definition to companies with 51-100 employees to the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on affordable health care. (September 9, 2015)
The Auto Insurance Committee submitted comments to the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) on proposed methods to monitor the affordability of auto insurance. (August 31, 2015)
The Illustrations Work Group (IWG) published an addendum to the practice note, Actuarial Standard of Practice No. 24: Compliance with the NAIC Life Insurance Illustrations Model Regulation, to reflect the recently adopted Actuarial Guideline 49. (August 28, 2015)
Key Academy volunteers addressed many issues including earthquake risk, long-term care terminations, actuarial professionalism, life principle-based reserving, and investment risk-based capital (RBC) among other issues before regulators at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2015 Summer National Meeting held August 15-18 in Chicago. Read the Academy Alert here. (August 21, 2015)
Social Security Committee released an issue brief on the Disability Insurance Trust Fund shortfall and ways to improve its long-term financial viability.
(August 20, 2015)