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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, DoD.Start Printed Page 56823



In accordance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs announces the proposed extension of a currently approved collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed extension of collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.


Consideration will be given to all comments received by November 4, 2002.


Written comments and recommendations on the information collection should be sent to TRICARE Management Activity—Aurora, Office of Program Requirements, 16401 E. Centretech Parkway, ATTN: Graham Kolb, Aurora, CO 80011-9066.

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To request more information on this proposed information collection, please write to the above address or call TRICARE Management Activity, Program Requirements Branch at (303) 676-3580.

Title, Associated Form, and OMB Number: CHAMPUS Claim Patient's Request for Medical Payment, DD Form 2642, OMB Number 0720-0006.

Needs and Uses: This form is used solely by beneficiaries claiming reimbursement for medical expenses under the TRICARE Program [formerly the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (TRICARE/CHAMPUS)]. The information collected will be used by TRICARE/CHAMPUS to determine beneficiary eligibility, other health insurance liability, certification that the beneficiary received the care, and reimbursement for the medical services received.

Affected Public: Individual or households.

Annual Burden Hours: 258,750.

Number of Respondents: 1,035,000.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 15 minutes.

Frequency: On occasion.

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Summary of Information Collection

This collection instrument is for use by beneficiaries under the TRICARE Program [formerly the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (TRICARE/CHAMPUS)]. TRICARE/CHAMPUS is a health benefits entitlement program for the dependents of active duty Uniform Services members and deceased sponsors, retirees and their dependents, dependents of Department of Transportation (Coast Guard) sponsors, and certain North Atlantic Treaty Organizations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service eligible beneficiaries. DD Form 2642 is used solely by TRICARE/CHAMPUS beneficiaries to file for reimbursement of costs paid to provider and suppliers for authorized health care services or supplies.

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Dated: August 27, 2002.

Patricia L. Toppings,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense

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[FR Doc. 02-22567 Filed 9-4-02; 8:45 am]