Public Policy Issue Briefs

Social Security Committee issue brief that examines “means testing,” an option to reform Social Security that would reduce or eliminate benefits for wealthy and/or high-income participants and beneficiaries. (December 11, 2012)
Guide to help voters understand what premium support is and the potential implications of shifting Medicare to a premium support program. (October 9, 2012)
Decision brief highlighting some of the issues that federal and state policymakers and regulators should consider as they are making their Medicaid expansion decisions. (September 10, 2012)
Pension Practice Council issue brief debunking the myth that an 80% funded ratio is the proper basis for determining whether a pension plan is financially or “actuarially” sound. (July 31, 2012)
Social Security Committee issue brief examining the assumptions used to evaluate Social Security's financial condition. (May 31, 2012)
Social Security Committee issue brief on the significance of the Social Security trust funds. (May 31, 2012)
Social Security Committee issue brief examining the 2012 Social Security Trustees Report. (May 31, 2012)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief offering an annual perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (May 22, 2012)
Pension Practice Council issue brief examining the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premium structure. (April 26, 2012)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief discussing proposals to update Medicare's traditional fee-for-service benefit design. (March 1, 2012)
Social Security Committee issue brief on automatic adjustment mechanisms that could help address actuarial balance challenges facing Social Security. (August 4, 2011)
Actuarial Value Subgroup issue brief offering an overview of the concept of actuarial value, and insight into the calculation of actuarial value under the Affordable Care Act. (July 22, 2011)
Health Practice Council fact sheet providing an overview of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and how accountable care organizations (ACOs) are addressed in the Affordable Care Act. (June 16, 2011)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on accountable care organizations (ACOs) and outlining a number of issues that stakeholders should evaluate as ACOs are implemented. (June 16, 2011)
Risk Sharing Work Group issue brief providing an overview of the various risk-sharing mechanisms in the ACA and the risks each mechanism can mitigate. (June 1, 2011)
Social Security Committee issue brief highlighting the 2011 Social Security Trustees Report and outlining the public policy options to address Social Security's long-term financial soundness. (May 26, 2011)
Medicare Steering Committee's annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (May 25, 2011)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief that summarizes the key cost, access, and quality issues associated with some of the Medicare-related provisions in the various debt and deficit reduction proposals. (May 12, 2011)
Medicare Steering Committee annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (November 10, 2010)
Social Security Committee issue brief on the 2010 Social Security Trustees' Report. (October 15, 2010)