Public Policy News

The Premium Review Work Group sent a letter to the Mass. Senate regarding an amendment to the state budget that would require the disapproval of any health insurance rates to be “supported by sound actuarial assumptions and methods.” (November 1, 2011)
The Academy’s Life Practice Council will present a webinar on Nov. 22 to review the NAIC Fall 2011 National Meeting and progress on implementing the Principle-based Approach (PBA) to reserving. This 90-minute webinar also will include updates regarding the VM-20 impact study and NAIC developments on the Own Risk Solvency Assessment (ORSA). Click here to learn more. (October 31, 2011)
The Life Financial Reporting Committee has re-exposed the practice note, Optional Retrospective Application of ASU 2010-26 Acquisition Costs, for an additional two weeks. The deadline for comments is Oct. 28, 2011. (October 14, 2011)
A joint work group comprised of members of the SOA Long-Term Section Council and the Academy’s Federal Long-Term Care Task Force submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius regarding the department’s extension of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to long-term care insurance in proposed regulations.  (October 13, 2011)
The Academy hosted a jointly sponsored Capitol Hill briefing, Important New Research Findings Indicate a “Rising Tide” of Contributions Facing Defined Benefit Pensions, with the Society of Actuaries on Oct. 11 to present new research findings from the actuarial profession that illustrate a “rising tide” of pension funding challenges facing the private defined benefit system. Presenters discussed important implications for plan sponsors, beneficiaries, and policymakers.

 

(October 12, 2011)
The Casualty Practice Council submitted comments to the NAIC’s Casualty Actuarial & Statistical Task Force on its proposed 2012 Actuarial Opinion Instructions. (October 10, 2011)
Exchanges Work Group comments to CMS in response to proposed regulations establishing health insurance exchanges and qualified health plans under the ACA.  (October 6, 2011)
The Academy recently sent a letter to the NAIC Medigap PPACA Subgroup offering comments on the subgroup’s new discussion paper, Medicare Supplement Insurance First Dollar Coverage and Cost-Shares. (October 4, 2011)
The Financial Reporting Committee commented on a paper by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on the issues surrounding the auditor’s report based on recent investor feedback. The committee’s comments included a recommendation to increase disclosure and provide more detail to the auditor's reporting model. (September 30, 2011)
The Academy's Social Security Committee urged President Obama and congressional leaders to improve the long-term solvency and sustainability of Social Security whether in a broader deficit-reduction package or through an alternative legislative track. (September 23, 2011)
The Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting sent comments to the AICPA regarding its working draft of Audit and Accounting Guide Property and Liability Insurance Entities. (August 31, 2011)
The Academy recently sent a comment letter to the members of the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging action to improve the long-term solvency and sustainability of the Medicare program.  (August 31, 2011)
The Academy/SOA Long-Term Disability Work Group gave an update to the NAIC's Health Actuarial Task Force on the work group's progress regarding the creation of a valuation table for group long-term disability. The work group expects the table to be completed by March of 2012.  (August 31, 2011)
The Academy's Medicare Supplement Work Group sent a letter to the NAIC's Medicare Supplement Refund Formula Subgroup with a proposed charge to have the work group review the Medicare Supplement Refund Formula for potential changes that may need to be addressed.  (August 31, 2011)
The Life Financial Reporting Committee has exposed for comment a practice note, Optional Retrospective Application of ASU 2010-26 Acquisition Costs. The committee is accepting comments until Sept. 14, 2011. (August 31, 2011)
Slide presentations from the May 18 seminar, Preparing for Change under PBA: Life Company Reserves and Capital are available for download. You will find presentations on "hot topics" and information specific to the implementation challenges related to the Principle-Based Approach (PBA) for statutory reserves and capital. It was jointly sponsored by the Society of Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries. (August 31, 2011)
Want to learn more about principle-based approach (PBA)? The Academy has been instrumental in the ambitious effort to modernize the framework for determining life insurers' statutory required capital and reserves in the United States. The proposed method, which is intended to be principle-based, uses risk analysis and risk management techniques to capture underlying life insurance and annuity risks more accurately than the current rule-based, one-size-fits-all approach. Learn more! (August 31, 2011)
The ERM Committee submitted comments to the NAIC on its Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) Guidance Manual supporting its view that the manual offers ORSA guidance which focuses on the most fundamental components of a strong ERM framework. (August 31, 2011)
Solvency Committee comments to the International Association of Insurance Supervisor (IAIS) on its concept paper, Common Framework for the Supervision of Internationally Active Insurance Groups. These comments further address the methods of operating group-wide supervision of internationally active insurance groups. (August 31, 2011)
Academy Public Interest Committee Chairperson Tom Terry sent a letter to House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson and Ranking Member Xavier Becerra in response to follow-up questions from Terry's July 8 testimony on the Social Security retirement age. The letter addressed ways in which policymakers can boost incentives for older workers to work longer. (August 31, 2011)