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Recent Academy Activity, Aug. 5–9, 2013
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Academy Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello was quoted in a Reuters story that ran in The Denver Post, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.), Yahoo!, and other media outlets analyzing the complexities behind health insurance costs for consumers often misunderstood or overlooked in debates surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
The Academy Pension Committee’s public comments to the Employee Benefits Security Administration on proposed regulations for pension benefit statement requirements were highlighted by BenefitsLink.
Oversight of health insurance premiums should be based on actuarial principles, the Academy told LifeHealthPro for an article exploring how public health exchange menus are shaping up as regulators in more states finalize rates and plan sponsors make final decisions about whether to participate.
An article about the causes of Detroit’s pension problems in the Press & Guide, Dearborn, Mich., cited life expectancy increases pointed out by Academy Senior Pension Fellow Donald Fuerst in May 23 congressional testimony before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security.
New Public Policy Activities
The Pension Committee submitted its views to the Department of Labor on the agency’s proposal to add lifetime income information to pension benefit statements. The committee commended the DOL for requiring lifetime income disclosures on pension benefit statements and offered comments on specific topics, including assumed rates of return, drawdown illustrations, and projected retirement ages.
The Large Group Medical Business Practice Note Work Group released an update of the 1995 practice note on large group medical business. The practice note, “Large Group Medical Insurance Reserves, Liabilities, and Actuarial Assets,” provides information for valuation actuaries on their responsibilities relating to the determination of reserve levels and other actuarial assets and liabilities for large group medical insurance coverage.
Opportunities to Learn and Earn CE
Aug. 22, Financial Reporting Implications under the ACA Webinar: Reforms introduced by the ACA may create uncertainty for health insurance issuers. What does this uncertainty mean for your future financial statements, especially given increased ACA requirements for actuarial estimates in financial reporting? Register for this informative webinar to learn about the financial reporting implications of several key provisions of the ACA: premium stabilization programs, new taxes and fees, advanced payments, and existing actuarial liabilities.
Sept. 24–25, Life PBR—The New Valuation World Seminar: Take part in this collaborative seminar combining instructor-led training with small-group discussions on the practical application of the principle-based reserving mechanics as outlined in VM-20. PBR experts will discuss the latest developments, including the new PBR Actuarial Standard of Practice and PBR practice note—both expected to be completed this year.
Nov. 11–14, Life and Health Qualifications Seminar: Obtain the basic education you will need to acquire health and life qualifications under Section 3 of the U.S. Qualification Standards. This seminar is a primary source of instruction to become qualified. Seats are limited!
Nov. 13–14, P/C Effective Loss Reserve Opinions Seminar: Whether you’re an actuary who signs P/C loss reserve opinions or someone who assists in preparing them, this seminar will offer you an opportunity to deepen your expertise, become more efficient in your work, and differentiate yourself from others in your field. Don’t miss this highly interactive and customized seminar!
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