This Week: Sept. 18-22, 2017

Read the latest news from the Academy.

Recent Academy Activity, Sept. 18–22, 2017

Health Practice Council Sends Comment Letter on Health Bill

The Health Practice Council sent a comment letter Friday to Senate leaders on legislation recently proposed by Sens. Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson (“GCHJ”). The letter focuses on the bill’s proposed revisions to the individual health insurance market and approaches to federal Medicaid funding, noting that it would not address cost-sharing reduction funding and would eliminate the individual mandate, which, in the short term, would exert upward pressure on premiums. As a result, the letter states, enrollment would likely decline, and more insurers may withdraw from the market. The Senate may vote on the bill as soon as next week.

Related, in an Axios story published Thursday, Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello discussed how protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions are more at risk under GCHJ.

Life Breakout Sessions Finalized for Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum

Life practice breakout sessions are set for the Academy’s Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum, Nov. 14–15 in Washington, D.C., which include studying socio-economic implications for mortality and understanding the factors that are driving changes in mortality trends.

Sessions will include “Solving for Solvency,” which will look at professional responsibilities of the actuary in insurance company solvency; “Finding a Balance: The Role of Nonguaranteed Elements in Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts,” which will consider the pros, cons, and history of nonguaranteed elements; and “Emerging Trends in Mortality,” which will cover ways to ensure that legislative and regulatory frameworks will support an aging population.

Click here to see all breakout sessions—register today for the Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum.

Webinar Focuses on Long-Duration Contract Perspectives; Short-Duration Set for Next Week

The Academy hosted a financial risk webinar Tuesday, “International Financial Reporting—A Long-Duration Contracts Perspective to IFRS 17,” that featured presenters from the IFRS 17 Work Group who offered an in-depth look at the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17—Insurance Contracts. This standard was recently issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and will be effective Jan. 1, 2021.

The webinar was moderated by IFRS 17 Work Group Chairperson Doug Van Dam, and presenters were work group members Darin Zimmerman, Laura Gray, and Michael Lockerman. Slides and audio are available on the Academy’s website. For those interested in learning more about the topic, a second webinar is set for next Monday, Sept. 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT, and will focus on short-duration contracts under the standard.

Save the Date: Webinar on Retirement Readiness in the U.S., U.K., and Australia

The Academy and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries will host a webinar next month, “Retirement Readiness in Three Countries: Who Is Ready to Retire?” This free webinar will look at retirement issues in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and the results of an actuarial survey on the topic in the three countries. The webinar will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT. Stay tuned for registration information.

Reserve Your Copy—2017 P/C Loss Reserve Law Manual

The latest edition of the Property/Casualty Loss Reserve Law Manual is available for order. With delivery by early January, the manual is designed to help appointed actuaries comply with NAIC Annual Statement requirements for Statements of Actuarial Opinion (SAOs).

The new edition has improved navigation and contains essential information for actuaries, including: SAO requirements and the laws and regulations establishing those requirements for every U.S. state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico; annual statement instructions for the SAO for property/casualty, title loss, and loss expense reserves; and other pertinent annual statement instructions.

The manual is available both online and on CD-ROM. Reserve your copy today.

Professionalism and Public Policy Outreach

  • Academy Past President Ken Hohman delivered a very well-received presentation Monday on “Informing Practice With Counseling and Discipline Considerations” to 120 attendees of an Actuaries Club of Indiana, Kentucky & Ohio meeting in Fort Wayne, Ind. Counseling, investigation, and disciplinary processes are often seen as reactive to specific situations; the presentation explored how counseling and disciplinary considerations can actively inform practice. It included a detailed review of the functions and services of the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline, including how to initiate a request for guidance, and an engaging discussion of case studies.

  • Natural Catastrophe Subcommittee member Stu Mathewson provided an overview and the latest news on the Actuaries Climate Index to the Casualty Actuaries of the Southeast meeting in Atlanta on Monday. More than 100 people attended the event.

Alerts

  • The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to pass the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Insurance Member Continuity Act. The bill, which passed the House on Sept. 5, amends the Financial Stability Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”) to modify the term of the independent insurance member of the FSOC.

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In the News

  • A subscriber-only Bloomberg BNA story on the National Flood Insurance Program’s debt quoted Rade Musulin, the Academy’s vice president, casualty.

  • An issue brief published by the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics cited the Academy’s issue brief, Using High-Risk Pools to Cover High-Risk Enrollees.

  • The National Conference of State Legislatures listed the Academy’s issue brief, Drivers of 2017 Health Insurance Premium Changes, in a report on the latest developments of state health insurance laws and activities.

  • A Think Progress story cited findings from the Health Practice Council’s policy paper on risk pooling in the individual health insurance market.

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