The “Academy Capitol Forum: Meet the Experts” webinar series is an opportunity for actuaries from across all practice areas to learn about a wide variety of public policy topics from the policy experts themselves. Webinars feature topics in health care, risk management, financial reporting, pensions and retirement income, property/casualty, and life insurance.

 





Previous Webinars:


International Insurance Regulation 101: The International Association of Insurance Supervisors 
May 22, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar provided attendees with an overview of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and its activities. Additionally, George Brady, Deputy Secretary General of IAIS, helped participants navigate the acronym alphabet soup surrounding international insurnace regulation. If you missed it, please listen to the webinar recording or view the webinar slides

A Conversation with the National Council on Aging
April 8, 2015
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
 
This webinar provided attendees with a discussion on the aging population in America. Leslie Fried, senior director for the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Center for Benefits Access, provided an overview of the NCOA, discussed the importance of focusing on policy issues that have implications for an aging population, and highlighted some of the work the NCOA is doing on issues ranging from healthy aging to economic security to benefits access. If you missed it, please listen to the webinar recording.


How Did State & Local Pension Plans Become Underfunded?
March 25, 2015
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
 
The Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College has developed a new analytical tool that describes the evolution of the unfunded liability for 150 state and local pension plans in the CRR’s Public Plans Database. The tool is described in the CRR’s publication, “How Did State/Local Plans Become Underfunded?” which was released in January. This webinar discussed the evolution of the unfunded liability in public plans from 2001, when most plans were fully funded, to 2013, when virtually every plan reported significant underfunding. If you missed it, please view the webinar slides.


NCOIL: Impacting State Insurance Policy
Nov. 3, 2014
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
 
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) is an organization of state legislators whose main area of public policy concern is insurance legislation and regulation. Many legislators active in NCOIL either chair or are members of the committees responsible for insurance legislation in their respective statehouses. In this webinar, former NCOIL President Rep. George Keiser discussed how NCOIL contributes to the development of insurance policy at the state level. If you missed it, please view the webinar slides or listen to the webinar recording


A Conversation with the Congressional Research Service
September 25, 2014
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar, provided attendees with an overview of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the projects that they are currently working on. Featuring presentations from Bernadette Fernandez, Specialist in Health Care Financing, Annie Mach, Analyst in Health Care Financing, John Topoleski, Analyst in Income Security, and Baird Webel, Specialist in Financial Economics, attendees also gained information on how the work of the CRS differes from that of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as well as the role that the CRS plays in public policy development. If you missed it, please view the webinar slides or listen to the webinar recording.

PBGC: Protecting Pensions & the Role of the Actuary
June 30, 2014
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar, delved into the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and provided details on how actuaries secure pensions for American workers. Featuring presentations from Christopher Bone, Director of the Policy, Research and Analysis Department, and Neela Ranade, Chief Negotiating Actuary of the Corporate Finance and Restructuring Department, the webinar also provided updates on PBGC news and regulations. which featured presentations from Christopher Bone, moderated by Academy Sr. Pension Fellow Donald Fuerst, will provide an overview of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and explore how actuaries at the PBGC help secure pensions for American workers. If you missed it, please view the webinar slides or listen to the webinar recording.

State of Exchanges
May 29, 2014
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar, which featured Carrie Banahan, Executive Director of the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, and Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT, provided an in-depth look at state-run health exchanges. Banahan and Counihan discussed successes that their states have had and challenges that they are facing in the coming months. If you missed it, please view the webinar slides or listen to the webinar recording

Disability Insurance Trust Fund: Behind the Numbers with SSA's Chief Actuary
April 23, 2014
Noon-1:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar, which featured SSA's Chief Actuary Stephen C. Goss, provided an overview of the Disability Insurance Program, proposed changes by policymakers to the program, and the projected solvency of the program. If you missed it, please view the webinar slides or listen to the audio recording of the webinar.

Actuary Serving Congress: A Conversation with GAO's Chief Actuary
March 20, 2014
Noon-1:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar, which featured GAO’s Chief Actuary, Frank Todisco, provided an overview of the GAO, the role of the actuary within the GAO, and  examples of current issues that are requiring actuarial expertise. As part of his presentation, Todisco took the opportunity to “give a tip of my hat to the American Academy of Actuaries which has been a tremendous source of expertise and a great help in our work.” If you missed it, please view the webinar slides or listen to the audio recording of the webinar.

Systemic Risk Monitoring at the OFR
Feb. 21, 2014
Noon-1:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar delved into the Dodd – Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act). Speaker Rebecca McCaughrin, Associate Director and New York Office Representative, Office of Financial Research also provided an overview of the OFR, and an analysis of the recent-released OFR annual report amongst other topics. If you were unable to attend, please click here for the webinar slides.

Eighteen Months After Biggert-Waters: Is the NFIP Staying Afloat?
Jan. 16, 2014
Noon-1:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar highlighted the impact of the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012 on the current state of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Speakers, who included Federal Emergency Management Agency experts Thomas L. Hayes, D. Andrew Neal and moderated by Stuart B. Mathewson, used examples of how the NFIP incurred debt as a result of the losses incurred by Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. If you were unable to attend, please click here for the webinar recording.

Winning the Oregon Medicaid Lottery: A Case Study on Medicaid’s Effect on Utilization, Finances, and Health Outcomes
Dec. 4, 2013
Noon-1:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar hightlighted a case study that was conducted by Oregon in 2008, where the state expanded its Medicaid program to include 10,000 additional low-income adults. Because there were many more who wanted to enroll, the state created a waiting list and held a lottery to determine who would be allowed to enroll in the Medicaid program. This case study provided interesting results on the utilization, finances, and health outcomes of those who were selected to participate in the program versus those who were not. The primary speaker was Katherine Baicker, PhD and Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. If you were unable to attend, please click here for the webinar recording.

NAIC and Academy Update: Navigating the International and U.S. Regulatory Environment
Nov. 15, 2013

This webinar highlighted several insurance regulatory developments that are occurring at the state, federal, and international levels—a discussion of ComFrame, global systemically important financial institutions, Solvency Modernization Initiative, Own Risk Solvency Assessment (ORSA), and others.  As background, the panelists provided an overview of many of the key regulatory organizations involved with implementing these regulatory changes, including the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), G-20 Finance Ministers, Financial Stability Board (FSB), and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). If you were unable to attend, please view the webinar slides and listen to the webinar recording.

Diagnosing Which Health Treatments Improve Outcomes: A PCORI Overview and How to Get Involved
Oct. 16, 2013

This webinar featured Gregory Martin, the Deputy Director of Stakeholder Engagement at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Greg explained the role and purpose of PCORI and how actuaries can be involved! If you were unable to attend, please view the webinar slides and listen to the webinar recording.