The Social Insurance e-course highlights current issues that social insurance programs are facing. Most of the content reflects the Social Security and Medicare operations in the U. S. and Canada. However, it also covers similar demographic and economic pressures in other countries.
This e-course is designed as a go-to source to determine Social Security or Medicare benefits. It's not intended to independently determine benefits.
Section 1: Overview
Section 2: Social Insurance Programs/Fundamentals
Section 3: Social Insurance and the Private Sector
Section 4: Issues Facing Social Insurance Programs
Section 5: End-of-Course Test
After completing this e-course, you should be able to:
- Describe the considerations that lead to a social insurance program.
- Define the general features of four social insurance programs: U.S. Social Security, Canada Social Security, U.S. Medicare and Canada Medicare.
- Analyze how the four social programs mentioned above coordinate with employer-provided benefits in the U. S. and Canada and assess the issues they're facing.
This e-course is intended for:
- Individuals engaged in the actuarial profession at any level looking to fulfill their CPD requirement.
- Other professionals interested in or impacted by important topics related to the actuarial field.
The following books are resources are referenced in the e-course. While these materials are not required, they're recommended to enhance the e-course learning experience:
- Morneau, Sobeco. 2005. Handbook of Canadian Pension and Benefit Plans . 13th Edition. CCH Canadian.
- Turner, W. E. 2005. Individual Accounts for Social Security Reform: International Perspective on the U.S. Debate . Upjohn Institute.
- Yamamoto, D., 2006. Fundamentals of Retiree Group Benefits. ACTEX.
- This e-course may be suitable to meet the Basic Requirement provisions of Section B of the SOA CPD requirement.
- This e-course is for professional development. It's not intended to substitute for any professionalism requirements for the ASA, CERA or FSA credentials. If you wish to register for an e-learning module to attain a designation, please visit the e-learning module Web page .
- Ultimately, it's an actuary's responsibility to make a reasonable, good-faith determination of what continuing education opportunities will enhance his or her ability to practice in a desired field. For more information on continuing education requirements, visit soa.org/CE .