The Health Practice Council (HPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on major health insurance and health care affordability issues, including Medicare.
Drivers of health care costs and slowing the growth in health care spending.
Financial reporting and solvency issues at the state level, such as NAIC-related projects on RBC, as well as emerging international solvency issues and federal regulation of insurance companies.
Federal and state long-term care issues, including the CLASS Act and LTC pricing/valuation.
The Health Equity Work Group (HEWG) released the Discussion Brief – Issue in Focus, Health Equity From An Actuarial Perspective: A Deeper Dive Into Health Plan Pricing. This discussion brief, which focuses on questions related to pricing health insurance products, is part of a series to identify areas that may affect health equity. An introductory discussion brief provided an overview of the HEWG’s work.( )
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Reform Subcommittee submitted a comment letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Long-Term Care (EX) Task Force regarding the April 9 exposure draft of the Long-Term Care Insurance Multi-State Rate Review Framework.( )
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Practice Note Work Group released the Long-Term Care Insurance public policy practice note to provide a source of information to practicing long-term care (LTC) actuaries seeking to better understand the considerations in evaluating experience, setting assumptions, valuation, and financial reporting.( )
The Financial Reporting and Solvency Committee sent a comment letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Health Actuarial (B) Task Force regarding the definition of “actuarial assets” in the revised proposed instructions for the Health Statement of Actuarial Opinion.( )
The Health Practice Council submitted a comment letter on a revised draft of Colorado Senate Bill 21-169, dated April 21, 2021, aimed to protect consumers from unfair discrimination in insurance practices. This letter follows up on previous Health Practice Council comments on the introduced version of the bill, submitted on March 29, 2021, and again focuses on the potential impact to health insurance.( )
The Health Solvency Subcommittee sent a comment letter in response to a request from the NAIC’s Health Risk-Based Capital (E) Working Group to provide an additional digit within the subcommittee’s summary of the Investment Income Adjusted Health H2 Experience Fluctuation Risk Factors.( )
The Financial Reporting and Solvency Committee sent a comment letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Health Actuarial (B) Task Force regarding the proposal to modify the definition of “actuarial assets” as used in the instructions for the Health Statement of Actuarial Opinion.( )
The Telehealth Work Group released an issue brief on telehealth coverage and payment considerations for policymakers now and after the COVID-19 public health emergency.( )
The Health Equity Work Group (HEWG) has released a discussion brief on health equity from an actuarial perspective. This brief serves as an introduction to the HEWG’s work in examining the following areas: health insurance benefit design, provider contracting and network development, premium pricing, and managing population health. Read the news release.( )
The Health Practice Council submitted a comment letter on Colorado Senate Bill 21-169 which is aimed to protect consumers from unfair discrimination in insurance practices. The comments focused on potential impacts to health insurance.( )
The ASOP No. 6 Practice Note Work Group released their practice note, ASOP No. 6—Development of Age-Specific Retiree Health Cost Assumptions, Including Applications to Pooled and Non-Pooled Health Plans, to provide information on valuing retiree health benefit plans.( )
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Reform Subcommittee released their issue brief on regulatory options for LTC insurance innovation. This issue brief examines some National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) proposed options specific to regulatory changes, and discusses recommended changes with actuarial implications.( )
Academy Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello presented at a “Medicare Solvency Projections and Potential Policy Solutions” webinar sponsored by the Alliance for Health Policy. She set the stage for the discussion by providing basic program information, covering Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI), the projected depletion of the HI trust fund, and noted that Medicare’s sustainability challenges go beyond solvency.( )
The Health Solvency Subcommittee sent a comment letter in response to a request from the NAIC’s Health Risk-Based Capital (E) Working Group to further analyze the impact of incorporating investment income into the existing underwriting risk factors within the health risk-based capital formula.( )
The Health Practice Council submitted a comment letter to the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), on review of agency actions related to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, as put forward in a recent presidential executive order. The letter provides references to previous Academy comment letters to agencies regarding relevant proposed rules.( )
Health Public 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 the health 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.