The Academy, through its public policy work, seeks to address pressing issues that require or would benefit by the sound application of actuarial principles. The Academy provides unbiased actuarial expertise and advice to public policy decision makers and stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels in all areas of actuarial qualifications. It also advocates on behalf of the profession and promotes the use of actuaries in non-traditional areas.
Public Policy News
The Life Illustrations Work Group sent a comment letter to the NAIC Life Actuarial (A) Task Force addressing their questions on illustrations of Indexed Universal Life (IUL) insurance policies under Actuarial Guideline 49.( )
The Long-Term Care (LTC) Combination Product Valuation Work Group finalized 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 Longevity Risk Task Force sent a cover letter outlining sample changes to the risk-based capital (RBC) blanks for implementing longevity C-2 factors.( )
The Academy's senior casualty fellow Rich Gibson submitted comments on the latest draft of a proposed NAIC white paper on Regulatory Review of Predictive Models.( )
The Pension Committee released a public policy practice note to provide information to actuaries on current and emerging practices for measuring obligations of defined benefit pension plans that include variable annuity benefits.( )
The PBR Checklist Task Force released a document—“What is PBR for Life Insurance?”—just a few months before the Jan. 1 deadline for companies to adhere to the principle-based reserving (PBR) requirements under the Valuation Manual Section 20 (VM-20), that provides a summary of the significant elements of PBR.( )
The Casualty Practice Council sent comment letters to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services and to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs encouraging long-term extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.( )
The Lifetime Income Risk Joint Committee released an issue brief, Actuarial Observations on Retiree Income Approaches, on how actuarial methods and solutions apply to the risk management inherent to retirement income planning. Released in conjunction with the relaunch of the Academy’s and Society of Actuaries’ jointly developed Actuaries Longevity Illustrator, the issue brief provides a helpful overview and context for understanding how these tools can be used to mitigate risk and optimize retirement income.( )
The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee sent comments to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on rules finalized in the 2020 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) concerning risk adjustment data validation (RADV)-related transfers.( )
The P/C Extreme Events and Property Lines Committee has released an updated monograph on the National Flood Insurance Program. Building on the 2017 document prepared by the Flood Insurance Work Group, the paper includes data from the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons.( )
Members of the Telehealth Work Group presented on the topic of telehealth along with the debut of their new issue brief with moderator Cori Uccello, senior health fellow, to a policy audience of Capitol hill staff.( )
The Financial Reporting Committee sent a letter to the International Accounting Standards Board regarding the exposed amendments to International Financial Reporting Standard 17.( )
The Telehealth Work Group has released a new issue brief exploring the perspectives of the patients and providers, while also analyzing the financial, legal and regulatory aspects associated with telehealth.( )
The Life Experience Committee sent a report to the NAIC Life Actuarial (A) Task Force outlining the 2019 individual life insurance mortality improvement recommendation for use with AG 38 and VM-20.( )
The Life Capital Adequacy Committee sent a comment letter to the NAIC Life Risk-Based Capital Working Group on the requirements for long-horizon equity investments exposure.( )
Public Policy 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 Academy 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.