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 Practice Council developed answers to several FAQs discussing the pandemic’s potential effects on health care spending and insurance as insurers develop premiums for 2021. Read the news release.( )
The Health Solvency Subcommittee submitted a response letter to the NAIC Health Risk-Based Capital (HRBC) Working Group for its request to provide the health bond factors over a range of additional time horizons—spanning one to five years.( )
Comments of the Individual and Small Group Markets Committee and Risk Sharing Subcommittee on the proposed rule for the 2020 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP).( )
The Medicaid Subcommittee has released a new issue brief addressing concerns related to the growing health care costs through Medicaid and analyzes the public policy proposals to reform the program.( )
The Smarter Spending Work Group has released a new issue brief regarding consumers’, providers’, and payers’ roles in health care spending and initiatives and approaches to address health care costs.( )
A new issue brief has been released that explores current long-term care insurance (LTCI) programs, provides a history of long-term care (LTC) products, and discusses how a cash value LTCI design may provide consumer benefits.( )
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Combination Product Valuation Work Group finalized the LTC Combination Product Valuation Practice Note to provide information to actuaries on current and emerging practices in which their peers are engaged with respect to the considerations in the statutory, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and tax valuation of long-term care combination products.( )
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.( )
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 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 Health Practice Council released an issue brief, Surprise Medical Bills: An Overview of the Problem and Approaches to Address It, providing an overview of the surprise-billing problem and insights on approaches how to address it. Read the news release.( )
Health Solvency Subcommittee comments to the NAIC Health Risk-Based Capital (HRBC) Working Group in response to the HRBC Working Group comment letters received on the exposure of the Draft Bond Structure and Instructions.( )
Members of the LTC Reform Subcommittee submitted comments following their discussion with the Federal Interagency Task Force on Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) earlier this year. These comments reiterate and expand on their original discussion including addressing regulatory hurdles to innovation.( )
The Long-Term Care Valuation Work Group presented updates on the mortality and lapse tables development( )
The Group Life Waiver Valuation Table Work Group updated the Health Actuarial Task Force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners on group life waiver of premium mortality and recovery tables development.( )
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.