Public Policy News

The Financial Reporting Committee submits comments to the Financial Accounting Standards Board on its exposure draft regarding Liquidity Risk and Interest Rate Risk Disclosures and how the proposed amendments would affect insurance companies. (September 26, 2012)
The agenda for this Nov. 7–8 seminar includes new breakout sessions and hands-on workshops led by experienced faculty members who will guide you through the requirements and recent changes to those requirements for writing P/C loss reserve opinions for year-end 2012. (September 24, 2012)
Presenters will provide a status report on the FASB and IASB insurance contracts project. There also will be a discussion of IASB’s work on Phase 2 of the project, the resulting significant changes to the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) on insurance contracts, and the potential changes to U.S. GAAP that are being considered by FASB. Stay tuned for more information! (September 21, 2012)
The recent Supreme Court decision gives states the option of whether to implement the Medicaid expansion provision in the ACA. This brief highlights some of the issues that federal and state policymakers and regulators should consider as they are making their Medicaid expansion decisions. (September 10, 2012)
The LPC held its 24th Post-NAIC/PBA Webinar on Aug. 30. The webinar focused on the NAIC’s Life Actuarial Task Force activities including an update from the NAIC’s Summer National Meeting in August. In addition, the webinar covered the Academy’s proposed PBR updating and review process, Actuarial Guideline 38 activities, an update on capital issues and a brief summary of the Academy professionalism event at the meeting. Download the presentation slides for free or purchase the audio recording. (August 31, 2012)
Register now for the Post-NAIC Update/PBA webinar for a review of NAIC’s life and annuity activities—including those of the Life Actuarial Task Force—and receive an update on the Valuation Manual that was adopted by the NAIC’s life insurance committee on Aug. 17. (August 27, 2012)
The Reinsurance Committee responded to the Federal Insurance Office's request for comment on topics relating to reinsurance, including: the purpose of reinsurance, the effect of domestic and international regulation on reinsurance in the U.S., and the coordination of reinsurance supervision nationally and internationally. (August 27, 2012)
The Solvency Committee sent comments to the IAIS on its 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. These comments were previously sent to the NAIC and IAA on July 27, 2012. 
(August 16, 2012)
The Academy’s Health Practice Council sent a letter to Sen. Thune and Rep. Boustany to clarify the nature and intent of recent Academy-hosted roundtables focused on addressing the accessibility and affordability of long-term care services. (August 15, 2012)
The Flood Insurance Subcommittee presented an actuarial perspective on flood insurance reform at the NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research summit on flood insurance reform. (August 14, 2012)
Registration is now open for the Nov. 7–8 P/C Effective Loss Reserve Opinion Seminar: Tools for the Appointed Actuary. Actuaries who write P/C loss reserve opinions and who want to stay up to date on regulations and standards applicable in drafting loss reserve opinions should attend. New breakout sessions will focus on intercompany pooling, premium reserves, reinsurance, and extended reporting contracts. New workshops will cover sample opinions and report documentation. Don’t miss it! (August 10, 2012)
Bob Yee, chairperson of the Long-Term Care Valuation Work Group, provided an update to the NAIC Long-Term Care Actuarial Working Group on the valuation morbidity tables for long-term care insurance. (August 10, 2012)
Rick Leavitt, member of the Group Long-Term Disability Work Group, offered a final recommendation to the NAIC Health Actuarial Task Force regarding a valuation proposal for a new group long-term disability table. (August 10, 2012)
Mary Bahna-Nolan, chairperson of the Life Experience Subcommittee, gave a presentation to the NAIC Life Actuarial Task Force discussing conclusions of the subcommittee on the 2012 Individual Annuity Mortality Basic Tables following a recent exposure period. (August 9, 2012)
The Nonforfeiture Modernization Work Group updated the NAIC Life Actuarial Task Force on a general revision of the life and annuity standard nonforfeiture laws. (August 9, 2012)
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)