Academy News

In the July/August issue of Contingencies, the cover story “A Rigged Game?” takes a probing—and timely—look at human nature and the U.S. health care system. “Dollars and Sense—Money, long-term high unemployment, and universal basic income” provides insight on what you need to know about those financial issues; “Insurance as Experience” shows how atomization of traditional offerings is allowing an unprecedented level of personalization for consumers; and “Too Much Data” covers why analytic competition is a problem and what we can do about it. And in Part 3 of the “Professionalism in Action” series, Academy President Bob Beuerlein explores professionalism and new and emerging practice areas. (July 03, 2017)

The June Actuarial Update covers the Academy’s slate of regular directors, and the annual volunteer survey, which was released this month and for which responses are due July 14. Also covered: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post will deliver a keynote address at November’s Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum; Capitol Hill briefings and visits by the Casualty Practice Council, Pension Practice Council, and Risk Management and Financial Reporting Council; the professionalism webinar on actuary-to-actuary communications; and the Health Practice Council work groups’ letter to U.S. Senate leaders on proposed health care legislation. (June 30, 2017)

Read the latest issue of This Week—the Academy's end-of-week digital newsletter, compiling a week’s worth of news, updates, and media coverage in one convenient, easy-to-use publication. (June 30, 2017)

The Individual and Small Group Markets Committee and the Medicaid Subcommittee sent comments to U.S. Senate Leadership on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017, which is intended to repeal and replace provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Read the news release. (June 30, 2017)

The newest issue of PBA Perspectives includes items on the PBR Review (EX) Working Group’s pilot project; the Life Practice Council’s PBR Boot Camp in Orlando in May; and the PBR Model Governance Practice Note Work Group’s new practice note. (June 30, 2017)

With over 19,000 members, the Academy appreciates the active participation of more than 1,000 volunteers from every practice area who lend their skill, knowledge, and experience to the Academy's work on public policy issues and professionalism. Members are being invited to complete the Academy's Annual Volunteer Survey via individual email. The survey is also available in the members-only section of the Academy website until Friday, July 14, 2017. (June 28, 2017)

The Actuaries Climate Index value for fall 2016 was 2.07, the highest seasonal level recorded for the United States and Canada combined. High temperatures in Northwest and Southwest Pacific Region were behind the increase. Read the news release.                              (June 28, 2017)

The Academy hosted a Capitol Hill briefing in connection with the release of its issue brief, Multiemployer Pension Plans: Potential Paths Forward. Pension Practice Council Vice President Bill Hallmark and Vice-Chairperson Josh Shapiro, and Christian Benjaminson, a member of the Multiemployer Plans Subcommittee, gave a presentation on how to address failing multiemployer plans and strengthen the multiemployer pension system. Senior Pension Fellow Ted Goldman moderated. (June 27, 2017)

The newest issue of Retirement Account includes items on the Multiemployer Committee’s Capitol Hill briefing on multiemployer pension plans; the Social Security Committee’s issue brief on Social Security and women; and comments to the IRS and Treasury Department on projections of cash balance plan benefits. (June 27, 2017)

Academy Senior Casualty Fellow Jim MacGinnitie, and Stu Mathewson and Nancy Watkins, both members of the Flood Insurance Work Group, made a presentation on Capitol Hill based on the work group’s recent monograph, The National Flood Insurance Program: Challenges and Solutions. (June 26, 2017)

Read the latest issue of This Week—the Academy's end-of-week digital newsletter, compiling a week’s worth of news, updates, and media coverage in one convenient, easy-to-use publication. (June 23, 2017)

The latest issue of the Enrolled Actuaries Report has coverage of the 2017 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting, including plenary sessions on the post-election climate in Washington; actuarial standards of practice and actuarial communications, ASOPs for pension actuaries; lifetime income options; and ethics and professionalism. (June 21, 2017)

Two of the shrewdest, most seasoned commentators on politics today—nationally syndicated columnist and PBS NewsHour political analyst Mark Shields and ABC News contributor and veteran Republican campaign consultant Alex Castellanos—will provide a candid analysis and discussion with the audience of what’s going on in Washington at a Nov. 15 Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum general session. (June 20, 2017)

Read the latest issue of This Week—the Academy's end-of-week digital newsletter, compiling a week’s worth of news, updates, and media coverage in one convenient, easy-to-use publication. (June 16, 2017)

The Government Mandates Work Group published a new issue brief providing information on the impact of laws and regulations on consumer cost and consumer choice for annuity and life insurance benefits. (June 15, 2017)