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Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee practice note on actuarial certification of restrictions relating to premium rates in the small group market.  (December 31, 2009)
Health Practice Council letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell that outlines key isuses that need to be considered when evaluating whether the Senate's health care reform bill will lead to a viable health insurance system and discusses whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act addresses the outlined issues. (November 20, 2009)
Health Practice Council comments on the Senate Finance Committee’s series of policy options papers, Expanding Healthcare Coverage: Proposals to Provide Affordable Coverage to All Americans. (May 22, 2009)
Health Practice Council comments to the Senate related to introduced legislation, the Women's Health Insurance Fairness Act, that would eliminate gender as a rating factor for individual health insurance. (May 15, 2009)
Medicare Steering Committee and Health Care Quality Work Group comments to the Senate Finance Committee on the draft legislation "Medicare Hospital Quality Improvement Act of 2008", which would link Medicare hospital payments to performance on certain quality measures. (December 15, 2008)
Long-Term Care Principle-Based Work Group progress report to the NAIC's Accident and Health Working Group regarding the Academy's ongoing work on a stochastic model for long-term care insurance. An initial prototype of the model has been developed and is currently being reviewed by several members of the work group. (August 27, 2008)
Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee comments on proposed changes in the actuarial opinion instructions for NAIC health annual statements. (February 19, 2008)
Consumer Driven Health Plans Work Group issue brief answering several common questions about HSAs, including: what are the different types of consumer driven health plans; who is choosing these types of plans; what impact will they have on health spending growth; and, how will they affect the traditional health insurance market. (October 1, 2007)
Mental Health Parity Work Group updated issue brief providing a description of mental health parity requirements and how group insurance plans have responded to those requirements. The brief also includes a discussion of the cost implications of expanded mental health parity requirements, including the impact on other medical costs. (September 30, 2007)
Joint Committee on Retiree Health letter to Texas officials about misinterpretations of the committee's 2006 comments on accounting standards for OPEBs. (June 15, 2007)
Medicare Part D RBC Subgroup revision proposals to the NAIC life and health RBC instructions for Medicare Part D to address a potential unintended consequence related to the Authorized Control Level (ACL) RBC results. (June 3, 2007)
Medical Reinsurance Work Group testimony to House Small Business Committee on increasing competition, reducing costs, and expanding small business health insurance coverage using the private reinsurance market. (May 24, 2007)
Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee comments to the NAIC on a proposal to include a trend test in the health RBC formula. (May 3, 2007)
Part D Lessons Learned Work Group comment letter on what has worked well and what has not in Medicare Part D. The letter also offers recommendations to improve the overall operation and administration of the Part D program, specifically including the bidding process, management of eligibility, and coordination with Medicaid and with the Social Security Administration. (March 21, 2007)
Health Practice Council comment letter to members of the House and Senate on the actuarial implications of restricting insurers' use of genetic information. (February 16, 2007)
Subgroup on Long-Term Care Experience Forms comments to the NAIC regarding American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Proposed Recommendation to Report Non-Exempt LTC accelerated-type products. (November 17, 2006)
Health Practice Council fact sheet highlighting findings from a study released by the Society of Actuaries that provides insights into the costs among nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke. (October 3, 2006)
Small Group Market Task Force issue brief describing the types of medical insurance pools, highlighting issues that are fundamental to pooling, and illustrating how changes within a multiple small-employer pool would affect medical costs. The issue brief also describes different rating methods and examines the potential effects of introducing a new rating mechanism in an existing insurance market. (September 30, 2006)
Committee on Federal Health Issues letter to Citizens' Health Care Working Group on its interim recommendations for improving health care. (August 24, 2006)
Medicare Supplement Work Group comments to NAIC's Medigap Modernization Subgroup of the Senior Issues Task Force identifying potential transitional issues that will need to be addressed as part of Medicare Supplement modernization that the Subgroup has recently taken up. (August 17, 2006)