November 13, 2014
Watch this video of former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ opening keynote remarks at the Academy’s Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum on Nov. 13, 2014. Sebelius thanked the actuarial profession for its critical work while she served as secretary (2009-2014) and at the state level in Kansas, where she served as insurance commissioner from 1995 to 2003 and as governor from 2003 to 2009. She also acknowledged the Academy’s work in the health policy arena, and shared insights on important trends in improving quality of care and lowering costs. Sebelius concluded, “[T]he work that you are able to do with not only an analysis of trends and issues, but looking and forecasting into the future, will be more important than it has ever been, because we are on a new horizon.”

November 13, 2014
On Nov. 13, 2014, at the Academy's Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum, the Academy released and discussed the first assessments that grade retirement-income systems and proposals using the Academy’s “Retirement for the AGES” framework:
  • South Dakota Retirement System Assessment
  • USA Retirement Funds Assessment
  • New Brunswick Shared Risk Model Assessment
  • Traditional Defined Benefit Plan Under Current System Assessment
  • Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plan Under Current System Assessment

Moderator: Don Fuerst, Senior Pension Fellow, American Academy of Actuaries; Panelists: Eric Keener, Forward Thinking Task Force, American Academy of Actuaries; Hank Kim, National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems; Rowland Davis, Center for American Progress

November 13, 2014
Five retirement-income systems and public policy proposals were the first to receive grades from the Academy under its “Retirement for the AGES” framework on Nov. 13, 2014. Learn about the grades and how they were developed using the innovative AGES approach.

November 06, 2014

Senior Pension Fellow Don Fuerst represented the Academy at the Brookings Institute event “Better Financial Security in Old-Age? The Promise of Longevity Annuities.” Fuerst provided the actuarial prospective in a panel discussion exploring barriers to market development for longevity annuities. Joining Fuerst on the panel were J. Mark Iwry, deputy assistant secretary for retirement and health policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, James Mumford, Iowa deputy insurance commissioner, and Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at the Urban Institute.

Use the fast forward button in the video player to jump to Fuerst’s Panel and opening statement.
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  1. 1:12:35 Introduction to panel "Barriers to the Development of the Market for Longevity Annuities"
  2. 1:22:48 Fuerst's opening statement and discussion
June 27, 2014
Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello represented the Academy in the Capitol Hill panel discussion, “Rates of Change: Putting 2015 Insurance Premiums into Context,” hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund. She reviewed and answered questions about the drivers of 2015 health insurance premiums for this event, which was also televised live by C-SPAN2.

Use the fast forward button in the video player to jump to Uccello’s opening statement.