This Week, Feb. 5-9, 2018

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Recent Academy Activity, Feb. 5–9, 2018

Professionalism Webinar Set for March

Join the Academy next month for its first professionalism webinar of 2018. “A Guided Tour of the U.S. Qualification Standards” (USQS) will be held Thursday, March 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT. Presenting will be Committee on Qualifications members Hal Tepfer (vice chairperson), Keith Passwater (former chairperson), and Tom Campbell (Academy secretary/treasurer). Academy General Counsel and Director of Professionalism Paul Kollmer-Dorsey will moderate. Speakers will discuss questions frequently asked by actuaries about the USQS including about statements of actuarial opinion, experience requirements, the “look in the mirror test,” cross-border practice, qualifications needed to enter new practice areas, and the Academy’s tools to help document compliance with the USQS.

The Academy believes in good faith that this webinar constitutes an organized activity as defined under the current Qualification Standards for Actuaries Issuing Statements of Actuarial Opinion in the United States, and that attendees may earn up to 1.8 continuing education credits for attending. Register today.

Academy Fellow Testifies at Maryland General Assembly Auto Insurance Hearing

Senior Property and Casualty Fellow Kevin Ryan testified before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee Thursday, commenting on legislation that would prohibit the use of occupation, education, gender, and marital status as factors in determining private passenger automobile insurance rates.

Order Today—Academy Law Manuals Available

The latest editions of the Life and Health Valuation Law Manual and the Property/Casualty Loss Reserve Law Manual are available.

  • The Life and Health Valuation Law Manual is designed to help appointed actuaries know the requirements of the NAIC model Standard Valuation Law and the Model Actuarial Opinion and Memorandum Regulation. Order today.

  • The Property/Casualty Loss Reserve Law Manual is designed to help appointed actuaries know the NAIC Annual Statement requirements for statements of actuarial opinion. Order today.

Both manuals are available in a variety of formats, allowing to you to select the version that best suits your work.

Public Policy Activities

  • The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee sent comments to the Department of Labor on proposed rules that would broaden the ability for association health plans (AHPs) to be treated as large groups and for self-employed individuals to be eligible for AHPs.


  • President Trump signed a bill Friday temporarily funding the government through March 23, providing a two-year extension of discretionary spending caps and suspending the limit on government borrowing (known as the debt ceiling) until March 1, 2019. The legislation also includes a number of provisions relating to flood insurance, health care spending and programs, and multiemployer pension plans.

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