2017 Spring National Meeting
Denver, Colorado
Saturday, April 8, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Colorado—102/104/106 - Conv. Center, Lobby Level

SENIOR ISSUES (B) TASK FORCE
Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fontainebleau Miami—Sparkle West-Upper Lobby Level

Senior Issues (B) Task Force
Conference Call
September 29, 2016
12:30 PM ET/11:30 AM CT

Senior Issues (B) Task Force
Electronic Vote
September 22, 2016

2016 Summer National Meeting 
San Diego, California
Friday, August 26, 2016 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego - Seaport Ballroom G

Senior Issues (B) Task Force
Electronic Vote
July 15, 2016

Senior Issues (B) Task Force
Conference Call
June 9, 2016
1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM CT

2016 Spring National Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sunday, April 3, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sheraton New Orleans – Armstrong Ballroom, 8th Floor

Senior Issues (B) Task Force
Conference Call
February 18, 2016
3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT

Senior Issues (B) Task Force
Conference Call
Friday, September 25, 2015
11:30 AM ET/10:30 AM CT

Long Term Care Partnership Reporting (B) Subgroup
Conference Call
June 22, 2015
2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT

Long Term Care Partnership Reporting Subgroup
Conference Call
Thursday, March 12, 2015
3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT

Senior Issues (B) Task Force
Conference Call
Monday, March 9, 2015
4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM CT

Medigap FAQ

MO641 as adopted by SITF 6-9-16

MO640 as adopted by SITF 6-9-16

NASAA Act Announcement

Act to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation

S 2216 - The Senior$afe Act of 2015

Summary of S 2216

HHS Response to NAIC Partnership Letter

Why People Lapse Their LTCI

NAIC Letter to HHS Re LTC Partnership Program

Medigap Innovative Benefit State Survey Results 4/28/15

Amendments to LTC Model Regulation #641 as adopted by Exec/Plenary on 8/19/14

Medigap PPACA (B) Subgroup

CMS Guidance regarding Medigap and federal sequester 9-12-13

LTC Model Bulletin adopted by Exec/Plenary 12/18/13

Interim Meeting on Long-Term Care Insurance Issues
June 10-11, 2013

Public Hearing on Long-Term Care Insurance Issues
2012 Fall National Meeting
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
9:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT

Medigap Section 3210 of ACA

Letter to Secretary Sebelius about the SHIP program April 4, 2011

Mary Beth Senkewicz Testimony, on behalf of NAIC, on long-term care insurance (Oct. 14, 2009)

2010 Medigap Changes and Implementation

Medigap Preferred Hospital Arrangement Materials

Memorandum of Understanding with CMS

Long Term Care Partnership Program

Related NAIC Publications

Contacts

Senior Issues (B) Task Force

 

Mission
The mission of the Senior Issues (B) Task Force is to: 1) consider policy issues; 2) develop appropriate regulatory standards; and 3) revise, as necessary, the NAIC models, consumer guides and training material on Medicare supplement insurance, senior counseling programs and other insurance issues that affect older Americans.

2017 Charge
Ongoing Support of NAIC Programs, Products or Services

  1. The Senior Issues (B) Task Force will:
    1. Develop appropriate regulatory standards and revisions, as necessary, to the NAIC models, consumer guides and training material on Medicare supplement insurance, senior counseling programs and other insurance issues that affect older Americans.
    2. Continue to monitor and work with federal agencies to advance appropriate regulatory standards for Medicare supplement and other forms of health insurance applicable to older Americans.
    3. Review the Medicare Supplement Insurance Minimum Standards Model Act (#650) and the Model Regulation to Implement the NAIC Medicare Supplement Insurance Minimum Standards Model Act (#651) to determine if amendments are required based on changes to federal law, and revise if necessary.
    4. Monitor the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D marketplace, assist the states as necessary with regulatory issues, and maintain a dialogue and coordinate with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on regulatory issues, including solvency oversight of waived plans and agent misconduct.
    5. Monitor and assist the states in the implementation of changes to Model #651 to modernize the Medicare supplement market, as approved by the NAIC in March 2007 and as required by the federal Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 and the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.
    6. Continue to monitor the changes in the Medicare supplement insurance market and assist the states with implementation of Medicare supplement model amendments due to federal statutory changes.
    7. Provide the perspective of state insurance regulators to the U.S. Congress, as appropriate, and CMS on insurance issues, including those concerning the effect and result of federal activity on the senior citizen health insurance marketplace and regulatory scheme.
    8. Review and monitor state and federal relations with respect to senior health care initiatives and other impacts on the states. Work with federal agencies as appropriate.
    9. Work with CMS to revise the annual joint publication, Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare.
    10. Monitor developments concerning the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), including information on legislation impacting the funding of SHIPs, provide assistance to states with issues relating to SHIPs, support strong partnership between SHIPs and CMS, and provide the perspective of state insurance commissioners to federal officials, as appropriate on issues concerning SHIPs.
    11. Assist the states and serve as a clearinghouse for information on Medicare Advantage plan activity.
    12. Monitor and maintain, in accordance with changes to Model #651 approved by the NAIC in March 2007, a record of state approvals of all Medicare supplement insurance new or innovative benefits for use by regulators and others.
    13. Review, in accordance with changes to Model #651 approved by the NAIC in March 2007, state-approved new or innovative benefits, and consider whether to recommend that they be made part of standard benefit plan designs in the model regulation.
    14. Develop appropriate regulatory standards and revisions, as necessary, to the NAIC models, consumer guides and training material on long-term care insurance. Work with federal agencies as appropriate.
    15. Continue to study and evaluate evolving long-term care insurance product design, rating, suitability and other related factors, and review the existing Long-Term Care Insurance Model Act (#640) and the Long-Term Care Insurance Model Regulation (#641) to determine their flexibility to remain compatible with the evolving delivery of long-term care services and remain compatible with the evolving long-term care insurance marketplace.
    16. Monitor and provide assistance to the states on the implementation of the 2000 and 2014 rating practices amendments to Model #641, and the model bulletin adopted by the NAIC in December 2013 regarding alternative filing requirements for long-term care premium rate increases.
    17. Examine whether there is anything the NAIC can or should do to address possible long-term care insurance reserve deficiencies and rating issues, such as mitigation against rate increases and death spirals.
    18. Explore options, in line with the current Model #640 and Model #641, where appropriate, and monitor efforts to ensure the fair or equal treatment of policyholders, including those in situations where policyholders live in multiple states.
    19. Examine how regulators should treat the spin-off or transfer of closed blocks of long-term care insurance business to another entity, including process issues related thereto.
    20. Examine examples of health-related financial exploitation of seniors and work with other NAIC committees, task forces and working groups on possible solutions.
  2. The Long-Term Care Benefit Adjustment (B) Subgroup will:
    1. Determine what contractual authority is required to make a benefit change to a long-term care insurance policy, including as an alternative to a rate revision.
    2. Evaluate whether reduction of daily benefits upon the elimination of inflation protection pursuant to a contractual provision is reasonable.
    3. Evaluate the sufficiency of disclosure requirements associated with policy provisions to reduce benefit amounts.
    4. Determine what actuarial equivalence is appropriate for benefit change proposals and recommend related disclosure improvements.
  3. The Long-Term Care Consumer Disclosure (B) Subgroup will:
    1. Review the existing requirements for consumer disclosures contained in Model #640, Model #641 and the Guidance Manual for Rating Aspects of the Long-Term Care Insurance Model Regulation (Guidance Manual) and make recommendations for needed improvements to the Task Force.
    2. Continue to consider all consumer disclosure requirements for long-term care insurance, including those provided at the time of issue, as well as those provided at the time of rate increase.
  4. The Long-Term Care Innovation (B) Subgroup will:
    1. Examine the future of financing long-term care given the significant impact of long-term care costs on state budgets through state Medicaid programs, including an assessment of the role the private market should play.
    2. Review the number of alternative products structures being developed and, in some cases, sold by companies (i.e., long-term care/life combination products, term products and universal long-term care policies). Consider whether these are viable alternative products and what other types of products may assist in financing long-term care costs. This does not include examination of rating issues facing the legacy long-term care insurance products.
    3. Examine whether amendments are needed to current NAIC models or regulations, whether there is a need for new models or regulations to accommodate a changing market, or whether federal action may be necessary and should be encouraged
    4. Discuss the legal and regulatory barriers that may need to be overcome to improve the functioning of the private long-term care insurance market to assist in financing long-term care needs
    5. Consider the pricing issues with any potential new long-term care financing products and whether the pricing of these products creates a stable market
    6. Work with private insurance companies, consumers and consumer advocates about the future role of insurance in financing long-term care given the history of long-term care insurance over the past few decades, including the role they see for the private market and the types of products that are most appealing to them
  5. The Medigap (B) Subgroup will:
    1. Review the specific changes made to Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap), under the federal Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which was signed into law April 16, 2015 (Public Law No. 114-10)
    2. Revise and conform Model #650, Model #651 and consumer guides and training material on Medigap to the specific enacted changes prohibiting coverage of the Medicare Part B deductible for beneficiaries that become eligible for Medicare beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020.
  6. The Short-Term Health Policies Providing Long-Term Care Benefits (B) Subgroup will:
    1. Examine whether short-term, long-term care insurance products that are currently being discussed as part of the review and revision of the Accident and Sickness Insurance Minimum Standards Model Act (#170) and the Model Regulation to Implement the Accident and Sickness Insurance Minimum Standards Model Act (#171) should be regulated in accordance with the provisions of Model #640 and Model #641.