Public Policy News

The Standard Valuation Law Interest Rate Modernization Work Group submitted comments to the NAIC’s Life Actuarial Task Force (LATF) on its “VM-22: Maximum Valuation Interest Rates for Income Annuities” exposure draft. (January 25, 2017)
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee released a public policy paper that outlines what’s needed for a sustainable health insurance individual market, assesses how well the Affordable Care Act has achieved those conditions, and explores how ideas for addressing challenges would affect the market. Read An Evaluation of the Individual Health Insurance Market and Implications of Potential Changes and accompanying news release. (January 18, 2017)
The Non-Guaranteed Elements Work Group submitted comments to the New York state Department of Financial Services on Proposed 11 NYCRR 48 (Insurance Regulation 210) on life insurance and annuity non-guaranteed elements. (January 17, 2017)
The Academy has been the technical architect behind principle-based reserving (PBR), helping to shape PBR into the valuation standard for life insurance issued after Jan. 1, 2017, in the 46 states that have passed standard valuation PBR-enabling legislation. PBR uses risk management techniques to capture an individual insurer’s unique risks underlying its life insurance business more accurately than the pre-existing requirements based on prescribed, static methods and assumptions. The Academy has assembled materials to assist actuaries and regulators as the United States moves into the implementation phase of PBR for life insurance. Read more here. (January 13, 2017)
The LTC Reform Subcommittee submitted a comment letter to the Maryland Insurance Administration Public Hearing on Long-Term Care Insurance. (January 6, 2017)
The Academy released its 2016 P/C Loss Reserve Law Manual, which is updated from 2015 and designed to help appointed actuaries comply with NAIC annual statement requirements. The manual includes SAO requirements and state laws and regulations establishing requirements; annual statement instructions for the SAOs for P/C, title loss, and loss expense reserves; and other pertinent annual statement instructions. The manual is available online or as a CD-ROM, and members can order online here.  (December 30, 2016)
The Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting (COPLFR) released the Statements of Actuarial Opinion on P/C Loss Reserves practice note. (December 27, 2016)
The Property and Casualty Risk-Based Capital Committee and the Health Solvency Subcommittee jointly submitted to the NAIC's Operational Risk Subgroup a comment letter on proposed changes to the operational risk factor in risk-based capital formulas for property/casualty and health.  (December 19, 2016)
The GASB 74 Implementation Work Group of the Retiree Benefits Subcommittee submitted comments on the GASB 74 implementation guide exposure draft that addresses financial reporting for postemployment benefit plans other than pension plans. (December 19, 2016)
The Life Operational Risk Work Group submitted comments to the NAIC's Operational Risk (E) Subgroup on proposed operational risk factors and growth charge for the life risk-based capital (RBC) formula. Appendix attached. (December 19, 2016)
The Financial Reporting Committee (FRC) submitted comments to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on its proposed accounting standards update, Targeted Improvements to the Accounting for Long-Duration Contracts (Topic 944). (December 14, 2016)
Nancy Bennett, Senior Life Practice Council Fellow, and Rich Owens, member of the Academy C1 Work Group, presented an update on portfolio adjustments to the C1 factors for corporate bonds to the NAIC Investment Risk-based Capital Working Group. (December 11, 2016)
The Academy released Managing the Risks in Cyberspace, an Essential Elements report that explores insurance issues surrounding cyberattacks, including risks from data theft or malicious software. The Essential Elements series is designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences. (December 9, 2016)
Mary Bahna-Nolan, chairperson of the Joint Academy Actuaries Life Experience Committee and SOA Preferred Mortality Oversight Group, presented an update on the new joint initiative of the Academy and the SOA in formulating a work group to address a LATF request for information on accelerated underwriting mortality under VM-20. She also presented an update on guaranteed and simplified issue and preneed mortality tables. (December 9, 2016)
The Financial Reporting Committee released a new white paper on considerations for actuaries in implementing the FASB Short-Duration Contract Disclosures. (December 9, 2016)
John Miller and Chris Olechowski, co-chairs of the Annuity Reserves Work Group, provided a non-variable annuity PBR update to LATF’s VM-22 Subgroup. (December 8, 2016)
Tricia Matson, chair of the Longevity Risk Task Force, gave an update to LATF on the task force’s work, including creating a methodology for recognizing longevity risk in statutory reserves and risk-based capital (RBC), and reviewing regulatory and company approaches to longevity risk. (December 8, 2016)
The Health Practice Council sent letters to both the U.S. House and Senate on potential adverse consequences of repealing provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without having a replacement approach in place, and the challenges faced by eliminating the reimbursements to insurers for cost-sharing reduction subsidies. Read the news release. (December 7, 2016)
The ERM/ORSA Committee submitted comments to the NAIC’s Group Solvency Issues (E) Working Group on the Form F Guidance Manual exposure draft. (December 5, 2016)
The Principle-Based Reserves Checklist Subgroup of the Model Governance Work Group released a model governance checklist, which is offered as a resource for practicing life actuaries involved in actuarial model governance. (December 1, 2016)