Public Policy News

The Flood Insurance Subcommittee has issued a comment letter to Congressional leaders concerning H.R. 4348, a bill to reform the National Flood Insurance Program and reauthorize it for five years.
(June 28, 2012)
The Academy’s Health Practice Council Communications Task Force updated its recent Campaign 2012 voters’ guide, Making Health Care Reform Work: Why Broad Participation is Necessary. The guide is intended to assist voters to understand why broad participation is necessary in the health insurance system to avoid higher premiums. (June 28, 2012)
The Contingent Annuity Work Group gave a presentation at an interim meeting of the NAIC Contingent Deferred Annuity (A) Working Group regarding the solvency and risk management issues associated with contingent annuities. (June 27, 2012)
The Academy's Life Invested Asset Work Group submitted a comment letter to the NAIC Valuation of Securities Task Force related to modification of the methodology for assigning classifications to investments and changing how classification decisions are implemented. (June 20, 2012)
The Academy's Life Financial Soundness/Risk Management Committee submitted an amendment proposal form to the NAIC Life Actuarial Task Force outlining a simplified approach for determining a prudent estimate mortality assumption for VM-20. (June 18, 2012)
The Long-Term Care Practice Note work group has extended to July 8 the exposure period for the rate stability practice note, Long-Term Care Compliance with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Long-Term Care Insurance Model Regulation Relating to Rate Stability. (June 12, 2012)
The Academy’s Medicaid Work Group submitted comments to CMS on a proposed rule regarding payments for Medicaid primary care services. The letter addresses issues relating to actuarial soundness as they pertain to changes in the Medicaid program. (June 12, 2012)
The Academy’s Actuarial Value Subgroup submitted comments to the IRS on Notice 2012-31, Minimum Value of an Employer-Sponsored Health Plan. The letter addresses how to account for non-core benefits and non-standard plan features as well as other considerations related to the treatment of health savings account (HSA) contributions. (June 11, 2012)
The Academy's Health Practice Council and the SOA jointly released a research brief that summarizes the key findings and policy implications of a study, conducted by Milliman and sponsored by the SOA, of the risk mitigation programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors. (June 4, 2012)
The Joint Committee on Retiree Health submitted comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on the exposure draft for ASOP 4, Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Costs or Contributions, requesting clarification on the implications for retiree group benefits. (May 31, 2012)
The Joint Committee on Retiree Health submitted comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on the exposure draft for ASOP 27, Selection of Economic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations, regarding the implications for retiree group benefits. (May 31, 2012)
The Medicare Steering Committee updated its annual issue brief that offers an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlines the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (May 22, 2012)
The Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee sent comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on revisions to ASOPs 22, Statements of Opinion Based on Asset Adequacy Analysis by Actuaries for Life and Health Insurers and 28, Statements of Actuarial Opinion Regarding Health Insurance Liabilities and Assets.
(May 17, 2012)
The Actuarial Value Subgroup sent a letter to CCIIO offering comments on the Actuarial Value and Cost-Sharing Reduction bulletin, specifically addressing the proposed actuarial value calculator. This letter supplements comments submitted April 2 on the cost-sharing inputs for the calculator. (May 16, 2012)
The cross-practice-Actuarial Soundness Task Force has issued Actuarial Soundness, a Special Report. It provides an overview of the uses of the terms “actuarial soundness” and “actuarially sound” in state and federal legislative and regulatory contexts to inform regulators and the general public of the meanings and implications of these terms.  (May 10, 2012)
The Medical Loss Ratio Work Group sent a letter to CMS offering comments on the revised annual reporting form, specifically on the definition of premiums, contract reserves, and the definition of pre-tax underwriting gain/(loss). (May 2, 2012)
COPLFR submitted comments to the NAIC on the Blanks Working Group’s proposed 2012 Actuarial Opinion Instructions. (May 1, 2012)
The Academy submitted comments to the NAIC on its draft white paper on the Solvency Modernization Initiative and insurance regulation offering suggestions encompassing RBC, ORSA, and NAIC model laws. (April 30, 2012)
The Financial Regulatory Reform Task Force comments to the Federal Reserve on its proposed rule establishing additional prudential standards to apply to non-bank financial service companies identified by the FSOC as companies that could pose systemic risk. The comments focused on the application of the proposed standards addressing risk based capital, leverage regulations, liquidity standards, risk management processes, counterparty limits, stress test requirements, debt to equity limits, and early remediation to US insurers that currently are under the regulatory supervision of one state functional regulator. (April 30, 2012)
The Federal Long-Term Care (LTC) Task Force sent a letter to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators in response to a request for information on strategies to reduce costs related to LTC coverage. The task force highlights a number of general approaches that would address both LTC costs and effectiveness. (April 27, 2012)