Health News

The Health Practice Council released a new policy paper highlighting cost-sharing reductions including what they are and why they need to be funded. (July 24, 2017)
The Medicare Subcommittee published an issue brief, Medicare’s Financial Condition: Beyond Actuarial Balance, on significant concerns about Medicare’s long-term financial health. (July 19, 2017)
The Health Practice Council released a new policy paper highlighting several frequently asked questions (FAQ) on risk pooling and explaining how it works in the individual health insurance market. The FAQ also explores the differences between a single risk pool and separate risk pools.  (July 14, 2017)
A new issue brief produced by the Individual and Small Group Markets Committee, Drivers of 2018 Health Insurance Premium Changes, provides an overview of the general factors underlying premium rate setting and highlights the major components driving premium changes for 2018. Read the news release. (July 11, 2017)
The Health Financial Reporting and Solvency Committee sent comments to the NAIC's Statutory Accounting Principles Working Group in a Form A Maintenance Maintenance Agenda Submission Form.  (July 7, 2017)
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee and the Medicaid Subcommittee sent comments to U.S. Senate Leadership on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017, which is intended to repeal and replace provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Read the news release. (June 30, 2017)
The Medicare Subcommittee sent comments to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on preserving and strengthening the Medicare program.
(June 1, 2017)
The Health Practice Council (HPC) sent comments to the Senate Finance Committee on improving the individual health insurance market and changing the approach to Medicaid funding. (May 23, 2017)
The Risk Sharing Subcommittee published an issue brief examining the risk adjustment program implemented under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the implications for the program under different potential changes to current insurance market rules.  (May 10, 2017)
The Stop-Loss Work Group sent comments to the NAIC’s Capital Adequacy (E) Task Force concerning calibration of risk factors in the Stop-Loss Factors Report. (May 9, 2017)
The Premium Review Subgroup submitted comments to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight on the final 2018 unified rate review template (URRT) instructions. (April 27, 2017)
The Health Practice Council published an issue brief examining ways in which the individual health insurance market can be strengthened and made more viable. Read the news release.  (April 24, 2017)
The Health Practice Council presented to the NAIC’s Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee on the potential changes to the Affordable Care Act through possible legislation and administrative actions, and subsequent actuarial considerations. (April 9, 2017)
The Health Practice Council presented to the NAIC’s Health Actuarial Task Force on the potential changes to the Affordable Care Act through possible legislation and administrative actions and the actuarial considerations. (April 7, 2017)
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee and the Medicaid Subcommittee sent comments to U.S. House Leadership on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is intended to repeal and replace provisions in the Affordable Care Act. (March 22, 2017)
The Medicaid Funding Work Group published an issue brief addressing key design elements of block grants and per capita caps in relation to program sustainability. (March 17, 2017)
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee sent comments to the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce on H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, related to association health plans.
(March 8, 2017)
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed rule on market stabilization. (March 7, 2017)
Academy Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello and Karen Bender, chairperson of the Academy's Individual and Small Group Markets Committee, submitted testimony on the effectiveness of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to a U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing.  (February 6, 2017)