As Health Policy Analyst for The American Academy of Actuaries (The Academy), you will oversee a portfolio of issues related to health insurance at the federal, state, and international levels. Your ability to professionally and confidently engage and build relationships with policymakers and regulators will help us increase recognition of the actuarial profession’s value in the health policy sector. We will rely on you to support the Health Practice Council, the American Academy of Actuaries’ health policy steering committee on legislative and regulatory issues of importance to Academy members and the U.S. actuarial profession. Additionally, you will assist members in the development of public policy statements, including issue briefs, comment letters, and practice notes.
In this role, you will spend approximately half of your time working with our Health Practice Council committees, subcommittees, and workgroups – providing staff support to plan meeting agendas, drive for consensus, and manage the flow of action items to ensure efficient committee operations. You will also represent The Academy on health issues, coordinating with public policy decisionmakers including congressional staff and committees. You will be facilitating volunteers interacting with stakeholders on The Hill and federal agencies through presentations and briefings, working with regulatory agencies to develop comment letters, and nurturing relationships with state policymakers. The remainder of your time will be spent on strategizing with the internal public policy team about research projects and developing partnerships with like-minded organizations to determine where The Academy can add value to strengthen our policy position.
In this high visibility position, you will work on a wide range of issue areas pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, and long-term care among many others. We are an objective, independent, nonpartisan organization that works on behalf of the profession for the formulation of sound public policy. We are a balanced and objective organization, allowing our analyses to lead to the conclusions.
The American Academy of Actuaries (The Academy) is a D.C.-based 19,500+ member professional association whose mission is to serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession. Academy members include consultants, corporate executives and staff, regulators, government officials, academicians, and retired actuaries. Their areas of practice cover pensions, life insurance, casualty insurance, health insurance, financial reporting, risk management, and more.
The Academy assists public policymakers on all levels by providing leadership, objective expertise, and actuarial advice on risk and financial security issues. The Academy also sets qualification, practice, and professionalism standards for actuaries credentialed by one or more of the five U.S.-based actuarial organizations in the United States.
Many of today's most pressing public policy issues require the sound application of actuarial principles. The Academy provides actuarial expertise and advice to public policy decision-makers on a wide array of issues that require the special set of skills and qualifications that actuaries offer. It also advocates on behalf of the profession and promotes the use of actuaries in non-traditional industries.
Responsibilities of the Health Policy Analyst
Act as our staff representative in interactions with public policymakers on issues of key concern to the Academy in the areas of private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and other public and private health programs/systems to expand the Academy’s profile on health insurance policy issues.
Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, congressional and administration offices, relevant congressional committees of jurisdiction, and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Monitor and facilitate Academy interactions with agencies such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Consumer Information and Oversight (CCIIO), Congressional Budget Office, and Government Accountability Office.
Monitor relevant health legislation and regulation of importance to Academy members and the actuarial profession.
Proactively identify initiatives to increase the effectiveness of the Academy’s health insurance public policy efforts.
Working with Academy volunteers and staff, assist in the development of health public policy statements, including comment letters, issue briefs, and other public policy content.
Administer the work of the Health Practice Council, the Academy’s health policy steering committee, it's subsidiary committees, subcommittees, and workgroups.
Set and oversee committee meetings (e.g., draft meeting minutes, maintain records, develop agendas, track projects, and coordinate member efforts).
Assist members of the Health Practice Council and its committees, subcommittees, and workgroups in the development of public policy statements.
Develop webinars and briefings for internal as well as external audiences on relevant Academy health policy work.
Build relationships with public policy decision-makers to increase awareness of the Academy’s role as a source of independent analyses and actuarial expertise.
Work to increase recognition of the actuarial profession’s value by policymakers and suggest initiatives to increase the effectiveness of the Academy’s policy efforts.
Work with the Assistant Director for Research to identify timely research needs on public policy issues; actively disseminate research results.
Develop contacts with health policy-related organizations.
Interact collegially with other Academy staff to coordinate efforts of mutual interest.
Work with the Director of Public Policy, Deputy Director, and Senior Health Fellow to coordinate the activities under the purview of the Health Practice Council.
Develop and track in conjunction with Director of Public Policy and Vice President of Health annual budget goals.
Qualifications of the Health Policy Analyst
Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of four years of association and/or legislative/regulatory experience is desired.
Knowledge/experience in health policy relevant to U.S. insurance/regulatory issues is desired. Experience working with actuaries is a plus.
Ability to travel domestically several times per year to industry conferences and events.
Attributes of the Health Policy Analyst
Excellent communication skills. You like learning new things and collecting and sharing information. You can distill down and deliver critical and complex information to a variety of audiences in a credible and presentable way.
Self-driven and proactive. You ask questions and come up to speed quickly. You are hands-on. You dive in and take initiative without being asked.
Relationship-focused. Our stakeholders have a lot happening and things change for them daily. You keep track of how one change impacts the other, making sure you’re well-informed and keep others informed. You expertly use this skill to keep all on track.
Organized. You have effective time management and organization skill. You take delight in running a highly organized function.
Skilled project manager. Whether it’s something that requires a quick turnaround or a long-term commitment, you take full responsibility from start to finish. When you say you’ll get back to someone, you do. You bring order to competing priorities and keep things running smoothly.
What’s Attractive to the Right Health Policy Analyst Candidate?
The Academy is a collaborative organization with a high degree of communication, trust, and mutual respect among employees, where individuals are recognized and rewarded for their work and accomplishments.
You will be empowered to take ownership of your role, to be creative, and to use initiative.
You will make a difference. Your work is important to our staff, members, and the public. Sound and well-informed public policy makes life better for all Americans.
This role will give you a unique perspective of the many facets of The Academy, as you will interact with volunteers and colleagues across the organization.
Our organization is financially stable. We offer competitive salary, excellent work-life balance, and a generous benefits package that includes health/dental insurance; long-term and short-term disability insurance; life insurance; workers’ compensation insurance and private pension benefits; and leave benefits to include annual and sick leave, paid holidays, and bereavement leave. Supplemental benefits include flexible spending accounts program, transit benefits, and personnel development.
To Apply for the Health Policy Analyst position:
Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at email@example.com with “The Academy – Health Policy Analyst #2020-2578 ASAE" as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.
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