Public Policy Issue Briefs

Health Care Delivery Committee issue brief providing an actuarial overview of comparative effectiveness research, including measuring its impact and its potential to reduce health care costs. (November 17, 2017)
Social Security Committee issue brief on 2017 Social Security Trustees Report examining the program’s long-term solvency issues and recommending that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program. (July 31, 2017)
Tax Work Group issue brief on the implications of calculating tax-deductible claim reserves based on incurral date versus issue date for long-term disability insurance policies. (July 28, 2017)
Health Practice Council paper on what cost-sharing reductions are and why they need to be funded. (July 24, 2017)
Medicare Subcommittee issue brief on significant concerns about Medicare’s long-term financial health.  (July 19, 2017)
Health Practice Council FAQ on how risk pooling in the individual health insurance market works. (July 14, 2017)
Pension Practice Council issue brief that explores various methods to measure the financial health of pension plans. (July 13, 2017)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief providing an overview of the general factors underlying premium rate setting and highlighting the major components driving premium changes in 2018. (July 11, 2017)
Multiemployer Committee issue brief explores options to address failing multiemployer plans and ways to strengthen the multiemployer pension system. (June 27, 2017)
Government Mandates Work Group issue brief providing information on the impact of laws and regulations on consumer cost and consumer choice for annuity and life insurance benefits. (June 15, 2017)
Social Security Committee issue brief that discusses gender-related factors that can cause differences to the benefits women and men receive from Social Security. (May 12, 2017)
Risk Sharing Subcommittee 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)
Health Practice Council issue brief examining ways in which the individual health insurance market can be strengthened and made more viable.
(April 24, 2017)
Medicaid Funding Work Group issue brief addresses key design elements of block grants and per capita caps in relation to program sustainability.
(March 17, 2017)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief highlighting the various policy considerations and the potential implications of allowing the sale of insurance across state lines. (February 13, 2017)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief highlighting the various policy consideration and potential implications of establishing association health plans (AHPs). (February 13, 2017)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief providing an overview of three potential high-risk pool approaches to covering the costs of high-risk enrollees and examining the implications of various design features, including eligibility criteria, benefit coverage, funding sources, and regulatory responsibility. (February 10, 2017)
Pension Committee issue brief that explores five different approaches used in developing a yield curve, and associated spot rates, from a bond model. 
(December 30, 2016)
LTC Criteria Work Group issue brief examining the essential criteria that should be used to analyze long-term care (LTC) financing reform proposals. (November 29, 2016)
Pension Practice Council issue brief that examines the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) multiemployer pension program, which could exhaust its assets in less than 10 years and be forced to cut benefits to retirees receiving PBGC support unless changes are made. (October 20, 2016)