The Academy, through its public policy work, seeks to address pressing issues that require or would benefit by the sound application of actuarial principles. The Academy provides unbiased actuarial expertise and advice to public policy decision makers and stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels in all areas of actuarial qualifications. It also advocates on behalf of the profession and promotes the use of actuaries in non-traditional areas.
The Health Practice Council (HPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on major health insurance and health care affordability issues, including Medicare.
The Pension Practice Council (PPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on major retirement policy issues, including Social Security, defined benefit pension plans, and retiree health.
The Casualty Practice Council (CPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on major property/casualty issues, including medical professional liability and flood insurance.
The Life Practice Council (LPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on life insurance issues, including a principle-based regulatory approach to reserving and risk-based capital.
The Risk Management and Financial Reporting Council (RMFRC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on issues involving risk management and/or financial reporting.
Public Policy News
The Pension Committee released a public policy practice note to provide information to actuaries on current and emerging practices for measuring obligations of defined benefit pension plans that include variable annuity benefits.( )
The PBR Checklist Task Force released a document—“What is PBR for Life Insurance?”—just a few months before the Jan. 1 deadline for companies to adhere to the principle-based reserving (PBR) requirements under the Valuation Manual Section 20 (VM-20), that provides a summary of the significant elements of PBR.( )
The Casualty Practice Council sent comment letters to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services and to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs encouraging long-term extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.( )
The Lifetime Income Risk Joint Committee released an issue brief, Actuarial Observations on Retiree Income Approaches, on how actuarial methods and solutions apply to the risk management inherent to retirement income planning. Released in conjunction with the relaunch of the Academy’s and Society of Actuaries’ jointly developed Actuaries Longevity Illustrator, the issue brief provides a helpful overview and context for understanding how these tools can be used to mitigate risk and optimize retirement income.( )
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee sent comments to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on rules finalized in the 2020 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) concerning risk adjustment data validation (RADV)-related transfers.( )
The P/C Extreme Events and Property Lines Committee has released an updated monograph on the National Flood Insurance Program. Building on the 2017 document prepared by the Flood Insurance Work Group, the paper includes data from the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons.( )
Members of the Telehealth Work Group presented on the topic of telehealth along with the debut of their new issue brief with moderator Cori Uccello, senior health fellow, to a policy audience of Capitol hill staff.( )
The Financial Reporting Committee sent a letter to the International Accounting Standards Board regarding the exposed amendments to International Financial Reporting Standard 17.( )
The Telehealth Work Group has released a new issue brief exploring the perspectives of the patients and providers, while also analyzing the financial, legal and regulatory aspects associated with telehealth.( )
The Life Experience Committee sent a report to the NAIC Life Actuarial (A) Task Force outlining the 2019 individual life insurance mortality improvement recommendation for use with AG 38 and VM-20.( )
The Life Capital Adequacy Committee sent a comment letter to the NAIC Life Risk-Based Capital Working Group on the requirements for long-horizon equity investments exposure.( )
The Pension Practice Council released an issue brief, Pension Plan Maturity—Why Big Plans Mean Big Risk, that reviews measures of plan maturity, examines the resulting challenges, addresses potential strategies to ensure benefit security, and provides a framework to mitigate the risks associated with a mature plan.( )
The Academy’s Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting (COPLFR) sent a comment letter to the NAIC’s Casualty Actuarial and Statistical Task Force Actuarial Opinion Working Group (AOWG) on the Regulatory Guidance on Property and Casualty Statutory Statements of Actuarial Opinion, Actuarial Opinion Summaries, and Actuarial Reports for the Year 2019, which was issued on Aug. 30. COPLFR also sent a second comment letter to the AOWG on the Sept. 17 revision of the guidance document.( )
Jason Kehrberg, chairperson of the YRT Field Test Project Oversight Group, provided an update on Sept. 12 NAIC Life Actuarial (A) Task force call.( )
The Lifetime Income Risk Joint Committee sent a letter to the Employee Benefits Security Administration providing comments on the ERISA Advisory Council Report.( )
Public Policy Statements
Comments, analysis, or explanatory material prepared for an external audience on behalf of an Academy group or the Academy as a whole; these include letters, memos, reports, and fact sheets.
Analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for: policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public.
Include white papers and monographs which are longer, more detailed analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for: policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public. Includes monographs and white papers.
Slides presented by the Academy at webinars, seminars, briefings, hearings, or other meetings and events.
The Academy works with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on the creation and refinement of sensible, effective regulation. These reports and related documents highlight the NAIC-related work of Academy practice councils.
Written and oral testimony provided to Congress or to other governmental and quasigovernmental bodies.
Practice notes offer examples of current and emerging approaches to selected actuarial tasks. They are intended to supplement the available actuarial literature, especially where the practices addressed are subject to evolving technology, recently adopted external requirements, or advances in actuarial science and other applicable disciplines.