Commissioner Kreidler to testify before U.S. House of Representatives

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on Dec. 4  about the Affordable Care Act and how it’s working in Washington state.
The Affordable Care Act is the first major step toward making changes that will improve the lives of millions of Americans. For the first time, people have access to affordable, comprehensive medical insurance that doesn’t penalize them for their gender or for having existing medical conditions. Americans will not be subject to limits on their lifetime or annual medical benefits, which unfairly targets people with chronic medical conditions. 

Commissioner Kreidler, a board member of Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange, will touch on our state’s experience in enrolling more than 100,000 citizens through Washington Healthplanfinder.
The hearing starts at 7 a.m. Pacific time and will stream live online.  

Read more about the hearing from the Ways and Means Committee. 

R in Insurance Conference, London, 14 July 2014

Following the very positive feedback that Andreas and I have received from delegates of the first R in Insurance conference in July of this year, we are planning to repeat the event next year. We have already reserved a bigger auditorium.

The second conference on R in Insurance will be held on Monday 14 July 2014 at Cass Business School in London, UK.

This one-day conference will focus again on applications in insurance and actuarial science that use R, the lingua franca for statistical computation. Topics covered may include actuarial statistics, capital modelling, pricing, reserving, reinsurance and extreme events, portfolio allocation, advanced risk tools, high-performance computing, econometrics and more. All topics will be discussed within the context of using R as a primary tool for insurance risk management, analysis and modelling.

The intended audience of the conference includes both academics and practitioners who are active or interested in the applications of R in insurance.

Invited talks will be given by:
  • Arthur Charpentier, Département de mathématiques Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Montserrat Guillen, Dept. Econometrics University of Barcelona together with Leo Guelman, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Insurance division)
The members of the scientific committee are: Katrien Antonio (University of Amsterdam and KU Leuven), Christophe Dutang (Université du Maine, France), Jens Nielsen (Cass), Andreas Tsanakas (Cass) and Markus Gesmann (ChainLadder project).

Details about the registration and abstract submission process will be published soon on

You can contact us via rinsuranceconference at gmail dot com.

The organisers, Andreas Tsanakas and Markus Gesmann, gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of Mango Solutions, RStudio, Cybaea and PwC.