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ASB Approves Exposure Draft of ASOP No. 21 Revision

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The ASB recently approved an exposure draft of a revision of ASOP No. 21, Responding to or Assisting Auditors or Examiners in Connection with Financial Audits, Financial Reviews, and Financial Examinations. As financial audits, reviews, and examinations have evolved significantly in the last ten years, the ASB decided that another revision of ASOP No. 21 was necessary. The current version of ASOP No. 21 does not address the actuary’s responsibility with respect to process and controls in the Sarbanes-Oxley environment, and was adopted before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners promulgated the Model Audit Rule. Furthermore, audits and examinations are increasingly conducted on a risk-focused basis and this contributed to the need for a revision of ASOP No. 21. The comment deadline for the exposure draft is December 31, 2015 and can be viewed under the “Drafts” tab in “Current Exposure Drafts.”

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ASB TO MEET DECEMBER 9-10, 2015 IN WASHINGTON

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The next regularly scheduled meeting of the ASB will be held December 9–10, 2015, at the Academy offices in Washington, D.C.

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ASB Gathers Multitude of Viewpoints at Public Hearing on Pension Plans

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The Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) heard from more than a dozen actuarial and pension experts representing diverse views during its July 9 public hearing on public pension plan issues at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. The ASB will reflect on the written and oral submissions as it continues its deliberations on these issues. Speakers’ comments  and written comments are available here. Updates will be included in future issues of Actuarial Update, Enrolled Actuaries Report, and in ASB Boxscore.

Audio of the full hearing is available here.

Speakers

  • Daniel Moore, Texas State Pension Review Board
  • Paul Angelo, CCA Public Plans Community
  • Bill Hallmark, Chairperson, Public Plans Subcommittee, American Academy of Actuaries
  • Bailey Childers, Executive Director of the National Public Pension Coalition
  • Dan Doonan, Senior Pension Specialist at the National Education Association and a board member of the National Public Pension Coalition
  • David Driscoll, Buck Consultants
  • David Kausch, Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company
  • Kim Nicholl, Segal Consulting
  • Robert C. North, Jr., Consulting Actuary
  • Thomas Lowman, Bolton Partners, Inc.
  • Gordon Latter, Chairperson, Joint Academy/SOA Pension Finance Task Force, American Academy of Actuaries
  • Robert Stein, Chairperson, SOA Blue Ribbon Panel on Public Pensions, Society of Actuaries
  • Bradley Belt, Member, SOA Blue Ribbon Panel on Public Pensions, Society of Actuaries
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ASB to Hold Hearing on Public Pension Plan Issues

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The Actuarial Standards Board (ASB)  will hold a public hearing on the need for new or revised actuarial standards of practice (ASOP) applicable to actuarial work regarding public pension plans on July 9 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. The ASB is accepting both written comments and requests to be considered to present oral testimony at the hearing. Read more here.

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ASB Adopts ASOP No. 49 on Medicaid

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The ASB recently adopted ASOP No. 49, Medicaid Managed Care Capitation Rate Development and Certification. The ASOP was developed to establish guidance for actuaries preparing, reviewing, or giving advice on capitation rates for Medicaid programs, including those certified in accordance with 42 CFR 438.6(c). Since the federal regulations took effect, actuaries have used various methods to prepare the capitation rates. ASOP No. 49 incorporates the appropriate aspects of these methods to establish guidance and considerations in the rate development process. ASOP No. 49, which will be effective for opinions and certifications issued on or after August 1, 2015, can be viewed under the tab “Current Standards (ASOPs).”

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