Public Policy News

The North American Actuarial Council Collaborative Research Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to examine the regulatory risk faced by insurance companies in North America and their actuaries. Proposals must be received no later than September 30, 2012.
(August 9, 2012)
The Financial Regulatory Reform Task Force comments to the IAIS on its proposed method to identify insurers whose distress or disorderly failure would cause significant disruption to the global financial system and economic activity. (July 31, 2012)
The Pension Practice Council has published an issue brief on the 80 percent funded ratio myth. The issue brief de­bunks that myth and clarifies how actuaries view funding levels for pension plans and how the funded ratio relates to the “soundness” or the “health” of a pension plan or system. (July 31, 2012)
The Solvency Committee submits comments to the NAIC and IAA on the IAIS Draft of Common Framework for Supervision of Internationally Active Insurance Groups (ComFrame) concerning the relationship between Internationally Active Insurance Groups (IAIGs) and supervisors and the framework for supervisors to address group-wide activities and risks. (July 27, 2012)
The Rate Review Practice Note Work Group released for a 30-day exposure period a practice note related to the preparation and review of rate filings under the Affordable Care Act. Comments on Actuarial Practices Relating to Preparing, Reviewing, and Commenting on Rate Filings Prepared in Accordance with the Affordable Care Act should be submitted by September 4. (July 23, 2012)
This two-day interactive seminar will allow attendees to work hands-on with the new reserving requirements in VM-20 and apply them to real-life examples. The seminar also will provide plenty of opportunity to discuss specific components of VM-20 with expert faculty. This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Academy and the Society of Actuaries. (July 21, 2012)
Steve Schoonveld, a member of the Federal Long-Term Care Task Force, presented at the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Summer Meeting in Burlington, VT on options to reform the long-term care system in the United States. (July 18, 2012)
The Life Practice Council and Life Financial Soundness/Risk Management Committee submitted comment letters with suggested changes to the valuation manual and expressed the need for an updating and review process for the valuation manual going forward. (July 16, 2012)
The Joint Committee on Retiree Health submitted comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on the exposure draft of ASOP 6, Measuring Retiree Group Benefits Obligations and Determining Retiree Group Benefits Plan Costs or Contributions. (July 14, 2012)
Nancy Bennett, Senior Life Fellow and member of the Financial Regulatory Reform Task Force, presented to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators on modernizing insurance regulation as expressed by the Task Force to the Federal Insurance Office.
  (July 12, 2012)
The Academy’s Health Practice Council hosted a webinar on July 11 to provide actuaries from all practice areas with an analysis of the Supreme Court’s June 28 decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Speakers outlined the decision, discussed the next steps in the federal and state implementation process, and highlighted future Academy activities aimed at the challenge of addressing long-term health costs. Download the presentation slides and audio recording. (July 11, 2012)
The P/C Risk-Based Capital Committee has issued a letter to the Solvency Modernization Initiative RBC Subgroup concerning CAS Working Party research on potential improvements to the NAIC's P/C RBC framework. (July 10, 2012)
The Group Long-Term Disability Work Group submitted a report outline to the NAIC’s Health Actuarial Task Force (HATF) regarding a valuation proposal for a new group long-term disability table.
(July 6, 2012)
The Stop-Loss Work Group submitted comments to the Employee Benefits Security Administration on small employers' use of stop-loss insurance and how this affects the market for fully insured small health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
(July 2, 2012)
The Flood Insurance Subcommittee has issued a comment letter to Congressional leaders concerning H.R. 4348, a bill to reform the National Flood Insurance Program and reauthorize it for five years.
(June 28, 2012)
The Academy’s Health Practice Council Communications Task Force updated its recent Campaign 2012 voters’ guide, Making Health Care Reform Work: Why Broad Participation is Necessary. The guide is intended to assist voters to understand why broad participation is necessary in the health insurance system to avoid higher premiums. (June 28, 2012)
The Contingent Annuity Work Group gave a presentation at an interim meeting of the NAIC Contingent Deferred Annuity (A) Working Group regarding the solvency and risk management issues associated with contingent annuities. (June 27, 2012)
The Academy's Life Invested Asset Work Group submitted a comment letter to the NAIC Valuation of Securities Task Force related to modification of the methodology for assigning classifications to investments and changing how classification decisions are implemented. (June 20, 2012)
The Academy's Life Financial Soundness/Risk Management Committee submitted an amendment proposal form to the NAIC Life Actuarial Task Force outlining a simplified approach for determining a prudent estimate mortality assumption for VM-20. (June 18, 2012)
The Long-Term Care Practice Note work group has extended to July 8 the exposure period for the rate stability practice note, Long-Term Care Compliance with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Long-Term Care Insurance Model Regulation Relating to Rate Stability. (June 12, 2012)