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 Long-Term Care Combination Product Valuation Work Group updated the Long-Term Care (LTC) Actuarial Working Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners on the LTC Combination Product Valuation Practice Note currently exposed for comment.( )
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Valuation Work Group presented an update on their recent activity to the Actuarial Working Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.( )
The Health Practice Council submitted comments in response to the Actuarial Standards Board’s (ASB) second exposure draft of a proposed actuarial standard of practice (ASOP) titled Setting Assumptions.( )
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Combination Product Valuation Work Group exposed 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 Medicaid Subcommittee sent comments on the May 15, 2019 CMCS Informational Bulletin (CIB) titled Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Requirements Related to Third-Party Vendors seeking additional clarification.( )
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee published an issue brief outlining the major drivers behind why 2020 premiums could differ from those in 2019. The brief focuses primarily on the individual market, yet many of the factors discussed are also relevant to the small group market. Read the news release.( )
The Individual and Small Groups Committee, the Medicaid Subcommittee, and the Medicare Subcommittee gave a joint presentation at the SOA Health Meeting that reviewed the proliferation of proposals to expand access to public health insurance plans, either to strengthen insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or to replace ACA marketplaces or other health insurance programs altogether. Panelists discussed general approaches for expanding access to public plans and their potential implications.( )
The Individual and Small Groups Market Committee gave a presentation at the SOA Health Meeting providing an overview of the challenges that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has faced since its enactment in 2010, and looking forward to where it’s headed in the future. Panelists discussed current ACA legislative and regulatory activities, as well as ongoing ACA litigation.( )
The Academy published a new Essential Elements paper, High-Performance Networks: Optimizing Health Insurance Networks to Improve Care, highlighting the potential of high-performance networks between health insurers and providers to reduce costs for patients. Essential Elements is a series designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences.( )
The Health Practice Council submitted comments to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means regarding its June 12 hearing, "Pathways to Universal Health Coverage."( )
The Health Practice Council submitted a letter to the U.S. House Committee on the Budget regarding its May 22 hearing, "Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single-Payer Health Care System."( )
The Health Practice Council submitted a comment letter to the Actuarial Standards Board on the fourth exposure draft of a proposed new actuarial standard of practice for modeling.( )
The Academy updated its Essential Elements reports on Medicare’s Long-Term Sustainability Challenge and Securing Social Security with information from the newly released 2019 Medicare and Social Security trustees reports. The Essential Elements series is designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences.( )
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee sent comments in response to the Department of Health and Human Services’ request for information on selling insurance across state lines through Health Care Choice Compacts.( )
The Medicare Subcommittee has released a new issue brief, Medicare’s Financial Condition: Beyond Actuarial Balance. The brief highlights the findings of the annual report to Congress by the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) trust funds on Medicare’s financial condition.( )
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.