Academy News

The Health Practice Council released a new policy paper highlighting several frequently asked questions (FAQ) on risk pooling and explaining how it works in the individual health insurance market. The FAQ also explores the differences between a single risk pool and separate risk pools.  (July 14, 2017)

The North American Actuarial Council released its 2015-2016 annual report, outlining its work and highlighting its accomplishments for the year. (July 14, 2017)

Read the latest issue of This Week—the Academy's end-of-week digital newsletter, compiling a week’s worth of news, updates, and media coverage in one convenient, easy-to-use publication. (July 14, 2017)

The Pension Practice Council (PPC) published an issue brief that explores various methods to measure the financial health of pension plans. (July 13, 2017)

The July HealthCheck covers the Individual and Small Group Markets Committee’s issue brief on factors driving 2018 premium changes; Academy health committees’ comments to U.S. Senate leadership on health care legislation under consideration; and legislative, judicial, and regulatory updates from the states and the federal government. (July 12, 2017)

A new issue brief produced by the Individual and Small Group Markets Committee, Drivers of 2018 Health Insurance Premium Changes, provides an overview of the general factors underlying premium rate setting and highlights the major components driving premium changes for 2018. Read the news release. (July 11, 2017)

Read the latest issue of This Week—the Academy's end-of-week digital newsletter, compiling a week’s worth of news, updates, and media coverage in one convenient, easy-to-use publication. (July 07, 2017)

The newest issue of StateScan Quarterly includes state legislative and regulatory activity relating to transportation network companies, captives, public pension plans, and marketplace changes in health care coverage. (July 06, 2017)

In the July/August issue of Contingencies, the cover story “A Rigged Game?” takes a probing—and timely—look at human nature and the U.S. health care system. “Dollars and Sense—Money, long-term high unemployment, and universal basic income” provides insight on what you need to know about those financial issues; “Insurance as Experience” shows how atomization of traditional offerings is allowing an unprecedented level of personalization for consumers; and “Too Much Data” covers why analytic competition is a problem and what we can do about it. And in Part 3 of the “Professionalism in Action” series, Academy President Bob Beuerlein explores professionalism and new and emerging practice areas. (July 03, 2017)

The June Actuarial Update covers the Academy’s slate of regular directors, and the annual volunteer survey, which was released this month and for which responses are due July 14. Also covered: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post will deliver a keynote address at November’s Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum; Capitol Hill briefings and visits by the Casualty Practice Council, Pension Practice Council, and Risk Management and Financial Reporting Council; the professionalism webinar on actuary-to-actuary communications; and the Health Practice Council work groups’ letter to U.S. Senate leaders on proposed health care legislation. (June 30, 2017)

Read the latest issue of This Week—the Academy's end-of-week digital newsletter, compiling a week’s worth of news, updates, and media coverage in one convenient, easy-to-use publication. (June 30, 2017)

The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee and the Medicaid Subcommittee sent comments to U.S. Senate Leadership on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017, which is intended to repeal and replace provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Read the news release. (June 30, 2017)

The newest issue of PBA Perspectives includes items on the PBR Review (EX) Working Group’s pilot project; the Life Practice Council’s PBR Boot Camp in Orlando in May; and the PBR Model Governance Practice Note Work Group’s new practice note. (June 30, 2017)

With over 19,000 members, the Academy appreciates the active participation of more than 1,000 volunteers from every practice area who lend their skill, knowledge, and experience to the Academy's work on public policy issues and professionalism. Members are being invited to complete the Academy's Annual Volunteer Survey via individual email. The survey is also available in the members-only section of the Academy website until Friday, July 14, 2017. (June 28, 2017)

The Actuaries Climate Index value for fall 2016 was 2.07, the highest seasonal level recorded for the United States and Canada combined. High temperatures in Northwest and Southwest Pacific Region were behind the increase. Read the news release.                              (June 28, 2017)