Public Policy News

The Reinsurance Committee responded to the Federal Insurance Office's request for comment on topics relating to reinsurance, including: the purpose of reinsurance, the effect of domestic and international regulation on reinsurance in the U.S., and the coordination of reinsurance supervision nationally and internationally. (August 27, 2012)
The Solvency Committee sent comments to the IAIS on its Draft of Common Framework for Supervision of Internationally Active Insurance Groups (ComFrame) concerning the relationship between Internationally Active Insurance Groups (IAIGs) and supervisors, and the framework for supervisors to address group-wide activities and risks. These comments were previously sent to the NAIC and IAA on July 27, 2012. 
(August 16, 2012)
The Academy’s Health Practice Council sent a letter to Sen. Thune and Rep. Boustany to clarify the nature and intent of recent Academy-hosted roundtables focused on addressing the accessibility and affordability of long-term care services. (August 15, 2012)
The Flood Insurance Subcommittee presented an actuarial perspective on flood insurance reform at the NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research summit on flood insurance reform. (August 14, 2012)
Registration is now open for the Nov. 7–8 P/C Effective Loss Reserve Opinion Seminar: Tools for the Appointed Actuary. Actuaries who write P/C loss reserve opinions and who want to stay up to date on regulations and standards applicable in drafting loss reserve opinions should attend. New breakout sessions will focus on intercompany pooling, premium reserves, reinsurance, and extended reporting contracts. New workshops will cover sample opinions and report documentation. Don’t miss it! (August 10, 2012)
Bob Yee, chairperson of the Long-Term Care Valuation Work Group, provided an update to the NAIC Long-Term Care Actuarial Working Group on the valuation morbidity tables for long-term care insurance. (August 10, 2012)
Rick Leavitt, member of the Group Long-Term Disability Work Group, offered a final recommendation to the NAIC Health Actuarial Task Force regarding a valuation proposal for a new group long-term disability table. (August 10, 2012)
Mary Bahna-Nolan, chairperson of the Life Experience Subcommittee, gave a presentation to the NAIC Life Actuarial Task Force discussing conclusions of the subcommittee on the 2012 Individual Annuity Mortality Basic Tables following a recent exposure period. (August 9, 2012)
The Nonforfeiture Modernization Work Group updated the NAIC Life Actuarial Task Force on a general revision of the life and annuity standard nonforfeiture laws. (August 9, 2012)
The North American Actuarial Council Collaborative Research Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to examine the regulatory risk faced by insurance companies in North America and their actuaries. Proposals must be received no later than September 30, 2012.
(August 9, 2012)
The Financial Regulatory Reform Task Force comments to the IAIS on its proposed method to identify insurers whose distress or disorderly failure would cause significant disruption to the global financial system and economic activity. (July 31, 2012)
The Pension Practice Council has published an issue brief on the 80 percent funded ratio myth. The issue brief de­bunks that myth and clarifies how actuaries view funding levels for pension plans and how the funded ratio relates to the “soundness” or the “health” of a pension plan or system. (July 31, 2012)
The Solvency Committee submits comments to the NAIC and IAA on the IAIS Draft of Common Framework for Supervision of Internationally Active Insurance Groups (ComFrame) concerning the relationship between Internationally Active Insurance Groups (IAIGs) and supervisors and the framework for supervisors to address group-wide activities and risks. (July 27, 2012)
The Rate Review Practice Note Work Group released for a 30-day exposure period a practice note related to the preparation and review of rate filings under the Affordable Care Act. Comments on Actuarial Practices Relating to Preparing, Reviewing, and Commenting on Rate Filings Prepared in Accordance with the Affordable Care Act should be submitted by September 4. (July 23, 2012)
This two-day interactive seminar will allow attendees to work hands-on with the new reserving requirements in VM-20 and apply them to real-life examples. The seminar also will provide plenty of opportunity to discuss specific components of VM-20 with expert faculty. This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Academy and the Society of Actuaries. (July 21, 2012)
Steve Schoonveld, a member of the Federal Long-Term Care Task Force, presented at the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Summer Meeting in Burlington, VT on options to reform the long-term care system in the United States. (July 18, 2012)
The Life Practice Council and Life Financial Soundness/Risk Management Committee submitted comment letters with suggested changes to the valuation manual and expressed the need for an updating and review process for the valuation manual going forward. (July 16, 2012)
The Joint Committee on Retiree Health submitted comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on the exposure draft of ASOP 6, Measuring Retiree Group Benefits Obligations and Determining Retiree Group Benefits Plan Costs or Contributions. (July 14, 2012)
Nancy Bennett, Senior Life Fellow and member of the Financial Regulatory Reform Task Force, presented to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators on modernizing insurance regulation as expressed by the Task Force to the Federal Insurance Office.
  (July 12, 2012)
The Academy’s Health Practice Council hosted a webinar on July 11 to provide actuaries from all practice areas with an analysis of the Supreme Court’s June 28 decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Speakers outlined the decision, discussed the next steps in the federal and state implementation process, and highlighted future Academy activities aimed at the challenge of addressing long-term health costs. Download the presentation slides and audio recording. (July 11, 2012)